Diddy and the fam are covering VIBE’s Aug/Sept JUICE Issue!
In the cover story titled “Table For One,” written by Editor-In-Chief, Jermaine Hall, Hip-Hop’s most affluent playboy shares his thoughts on regrettable interviews, Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj, regaining respect and more.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview…
Dr. Dre said that the last beat that floored him was “All About the Benjamins.” How does that make you feel?
It’s humbling. I was in the studio with Dre the other day. He started working on a record for me. Watching him as a producer is watching greatness. We had a lot of similar traits. It was like looking in the mirror. He would ask questions like, “How you feel about this?” People don’t really understand true producers want to know how you feel about things. We are some of the most observant people on the planet.
What happened during the Martin Bashir interview on Nightline?
There were times in the interview when I had to give him an ultimatum. The questions weren’t being handled the right way. In hindsight, when I saw him I shouldn’t had done the interview because I know the style of interview that he does . . . The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son, that’s really like a racist question. You don’t ask White people what they buy their kids. And they buy ‘em Porsches and convertible Bentleys and it ain’t no question. It’s really a racist question and put things back in perspective with money and the way that people still look at you. And I’m not saying that consciously he’s a racist. But he probably don’t even realize that he would not ask Steve Jobs that. He would be like Steve Jobs has that money and that’s the gift his kid is supposed to get.
Are the comments from Lil’ Kim about Nicki disheartening?
When I heard her say what she said, it didn’t really affect me. I didn’t get mad at her or anything like that. I knew how she felt. I ain’t agree with it. But also I know the motivation. I know that people say, “Oh, he’s trying to get a new Lil’ Kim.” I guess people will see in time. Yeah, Nicki’s had flavored wigs on, but besides that it ain’t even the same approach to the writing.
Pick up the 15th JUICE ISSUE for more on his interview, on stands August 16th.
That’s right, you heard correctly. According to our friends at MediaTakeOut, it’s official! Swizz Beatz and the beautiful Alicia Keys are getting married this weekend! They are finally making it official after over seven months of engagement. The festivities will be held on a 200 ft. yacht they have chartered for the wedding’s pre-party. Guests will be whisked away in Miami, and then taken to the Caribbean for the romantic official wedding. Some celebrity guests include Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Beyonce’, Diddy, Tyra Banks, Mary J Blige and many more.
This will be the wedding of the year…a grand spectacle magnificence.
It’s here! Check out the hot new video from Diddy – Dirty Money, the latest project from Sean “Diddy” Combs in which he is joined by singer/songwriter Kalenna and former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard.
Rappers Rick Ross and T.I. also are featured on the track from Diddy – Dirty Money’s debut album‘Last Train To Paris’. The video was directed by Hype Williams, the talent behind such videos as Jay-Z‘s “Big Pimpin'” and Kanye West‘s “Gold Digger.”
After numerous obstacles, Diddy‘s long awaited ‘Last Train to Paris’ will finally hit stores June 29th.
Last week Nicki Minaj dropped out of Rihanna’s tour and fired her manager, Debbie Antney. According to sources Minaj‘s career will now be managed by P. Diddy and co-manager James Cruz. It has been reported that the rapper initially reached out to Troy Carter, but Lady Gaga wasn’t having it! After the Lady threatened to find new management, Carter quickly stepped away from any deals with Minaj.
Rumor has it that Tila Tequila is starting her own record label.
Tila Tequila wrote on her official blog, about her latest endeavor:
I am EXTREMELY excited to announce that now have my very own RECORD LABEL!!!!!!! It’s just called “TILA TEQUILA RECORDS” because that name is trademarked already so I might as well use it for the Record Label too! For a long time I have been trying to get this up and going since the beginning of this year and now it’s FINALLY DONE!!!!!!! IT is OFFICIAL! Tila Tequila has her own record label “TILA TEQUILA RECORDS!”
Why should you choose this label over pretty much any other option? Tila lists a few reasons:
A new artist signed at a “Major Record Label” is about 90% likely to “end up miserable and broke” because the album will never be released and/or promoted.
Tila will “INSTANTLY, literally give you overnight fame.”
She won’t take any commission off your record sales.
YOU WILL BECOME A MAJOR SUPERSTAR FASTER THAN YOU CAN SAY “SUPERSTAR!”
Tequila is “a young, hot, sexy biatch who is relentless and passionate in what she does!”
Artists under Tila’s label will accompany her on tours around the world and receive free first class trips. She will set them up with personalized merchandise and YouTube channels that make money.
In the end, Tequila writes “I am the new P.DIDDY except I’m in my 20’s, FEMALE, and BOSS BITCH!”
Forbes‘ annual list of Hip-Hop’s Cash Kings for this year has been unveiled, and it witnesses music mogul Jay-Z on the very top spot. Over the past 12 months, between June 2008 and June 2009, he has been pulling in an estimated $35 million, an amount which is $47 million less than his earnings in 2008.
Last year’s winner, 50 Cent, drops to the 4th place. He is reported taking in $20 million, down from $150 million a year ago. The earnings are said coming from his Vitamin Water deal, G-Unit clothing line and numerous licensing deals.
In between Jay-Z and 50 there are P. Diddy and Kanye West, who secure the 2nd and 3rd slots respectively. P. Diddy rakes in $30 million over the past year from his expanding business that includes a brand of premium vodka and his Sean John clothing line. Kanye, meanwhile, earns a total of $25 million, thanks to his multi-platinum album “808’s & Heartbreak” and his sold-out Glow in the Dark Tour.
“Despite the economy, hip-hop is just as powerful as it’s ever been in the endorsement and licensing world,” says Ryan Schinman, chief of Platinum Rye, the world’s largest buyer of music and talent for corporations when commenting on Forbes’ Hip-Hop’s Cash Kings 2009 list. “Tween stars and rock legends are very reliable, but the impact of hip-hop on pop-culture and fashion continues to lead the charge.”
The music mogul’s earnings over the past 12 months, between June 2008 and June 2009, are listed as much as 35 million dollars.