Diddy Is Putting His Own Music On Hold

BEVERLY HILLS — Sean “Diddy” Combs is putting both his own music career and his long-awaited next album, No Way Out 2, on hold.

Instead, he wants to help develop other artists of color.

“I want to dive into producing and creating content and really just supporting content creators. I think that the impact I want to have is to be able to empower a lot of the storytellers of color, who are not getting that chance and that opportunity,” he told BuzzFeed News recently, slouched back on a lounge chair at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. “When I’m starting to make decisions, [I’m like,] ‘Can I have an impact that’s bigger than myself?’ … Working behind the scenes, I think, will give people more opportunities and break down some doors.”

For nearly 30 years, Diddy has been trying to do just that as he’s worked alongside the old white men of the music business. “That’s all the music industry was when I was coming up,” he said with a laugh. “I mean, that’s what also gave me motivation ’cause I wanted to break down that door.”

In the early ’90s, Combs rose from an unpaid internship to a talent director position at Uptown Records, launched his own Bad Boys Records in 1993, and subsequently changed the course of hip-hop with Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, 112, and Mase, among others. “I owed it to myself to be free … it was time for interns to start coming up and running the culture,” said Combs, who dropped out of Howard University in 1990 after he got the full-time offer at Uptown. “It wasn’t easy, by far. I had to stay really focused and really work hard.”

His trajectory is the subject of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story, Daniel Kaufman’s documentary that premieres on June 25 on Apple Music. The film also details the challenges Combs faced while preparing for his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour in 2016, and features archival footage of his friendship with Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G. “A lot of people don’t realize how young he was,” Combs said of Biggie, who was killed at 24 in 1997. “He was just a kid. We were just kids chasing our dreams.”

And the kids he sees doing the same today give him hope. Although Combs acknowledged the gatekeepers of the music industry haven’t changed in terms of demographics, “a lot of that is changing with kids having their own independent record labels,” he said. “A lot of that is getting diversified.”

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story is a film Combs thinks will resonate with young aspiring artists today, the ones he wants to promote in lieu of working on his own music. “I think that this generation has the biggest opportunity to change and save the world,” he said. “The power has never been more in their hands. We’ve never been more unified culturally than we are now.”

Dr. Luke Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Kesha's Mother After She Walks Back Rape Allegation

Dr. Luke has dropped his defamation lawsuit against Kesha’s mother, who on Friday said she didn’t have any firsthand knowledge to back up her allegations that the music producer raped her daughter.

Pebe Sebert made her admission in a joint statement with Dr. Luke — aka Lukasz Gottwald — saying she had no “firsthand knowledge of of the events occurring on the night of the alleged rape.”

“Pebe was not present that night,” according to the joint statement. “At that time, Pebe was in Nashville, and Kesha was in Los Angeles.”

In addition, the statement said “Dr. Luke vigorously disputes and denies that he ever raped Kesha Sebert, and he is asserting claims of defamation in a New York court against Kesha Sebert for making statements to the contrary.”

Dr. Luke filed his lawsuit against Sebert in 2014 in Tennessee, two weeks after he filed a similar lawsuit against Kesha in New York.

“Kesha’s mother, Pebe Sebert, is relieved that Dr. Luke has dismissed the two lawsuits he filed against her. As she said last year, this litigation has been a nightmare, and we are pleased it is now over,” her attorney, Alex Little, said in a statement. “Mrs. Sebert supports her daughter, believes her daughter, and is proud of her strength throughout this ordeal.”

In the complaint, Dr. Luke said he was suing Sebert because she participated in an orchestrated campaign to defame him. The campaign entailed “publishing false and shocking accusations” in an effort to extort him into letting Kesha out of her recording contract.

Dr. Luke said that among the defamatory accusations Sebert made were that he “date raped Kesha when she was 18,” and that he abused her “both physically and mentally.”

Two months later, Sebert fired back, filing a countersuit against Dr. Luke accusing him of intentionally tormenting her, and backing out of his promise to allow her to be Kesha’s songwriter.

Sebert also alleged Dr. Luke once restrained and detained her in a recording studio for three hours against her will. She dismissed those counterclaims last year.

Dr. Luke’s legal team said that with Sebert’s case dismissed, “the totality of the fight will now be moving to New York,” where the record producer’s ongoing lawsuit against Kesha for breach of contract continues.

Kesha’s request to be released from her record contract with Dr. Luke has already been denied by a New York judge.

Prodigy Of Mobb Deep Is Dead At 42

Prodigy, one-half of the influential New York rap duo Mobb Deep, has died, a statement from his publicist released to news outlets Tuesday confirmed. He was 42.

Celebrated for their gripping, noir tales of extralegal exploits in their native Queens, Mobb Deep helped define hip-hop’s first golden age in New York in the mid-’90s with their 1995 album The Infamous. Its most famous single, the eerie and flinty-eyed “Shook Ones, Pt. II,” introduced a slang alternative to the past tense of “shake” that has endured in popular vernacular.

“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” a statement from Prodigy’s publicist read. “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

In addition to eight Mobb Deep records with his childhood friend Kejuan “Havoc” Muchita — including the gold albums The Infamous, Hell on Earth, and Infamy, as well as Murda Muzik, which went platinum — Prodigy had a successful solo career, releasing seven albums beginning with his acclaimed 2000 debut H.N.I.C. (or “Head Nigga in Charge”).

Like many formidable figures in New York’s crowded and prideful hip-hop community at the end of the 20th century, Prodigy was involved in a number of memorable feuds, including one with Tupac at the height of the East-West rivalry. Tupac savaged Mobb Deep — and Prodigy’s anemia specifically — on his explosive 1996 diss song “Hit ‘Em Up,” inspiring the group to retaliate with a diss of their own, “Drop a Gem on ‘Em.”

In another backhanded confirmation of his rarefied stature within East Coast rap, Prodigy was also targeted by Jay-Z on his own most famous diss song, “Takeover.” In a 2011 interview, Prodigy revealed that his feud with Jay-Z almost came to blows when the two met at Puff Daddy’s restaurant in New York in 2001, shortly after “Takeover” was released.

He became an author with the release of a memoir in 2011 — My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy — and released a cookbook last year called Commissary Kitchen that was inspired by a three-year stretch in prison.

A number of prominent black artists have suffered from sickle cell anemia, a heritable blood disorder that disproportionately affects people of African descent. Miles Davis reportedly had the disease, as does Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of the R&B group TLC.

Prodigy is survived by his wife, KiKi Johnson, and their two children, Tasia and T’Shaka.

On social media, rappers paid tribute to Prodigy as news spread of his death.

How Well Do You Remember All Those One Direction Videos?

Maybe you’ve heard a few songs and seen a couple videos, but you don’t consider yourself a real One Direction fan. You should give them a chance! They’re a lot of fun!

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Listen, One Direction has so many great videos, it’s hard to remember them all in detail. You did pretty well, but you could always head to YouTube and rewatch them all to give yourself a bit of a refresher.

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You’re a true Directioner and you know each song, video, and bit of trivia by heart. In fact, you’re probably listening to one of their songs right now.

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The Ultimate Guide To UK Festival Season, By Clara Amfo

Music festivals have become a pretty big part of British culture over the last few decades. Every year more and more crop up, and it’s become just as much of a tradition to attend a festival each year as it is to go on holiday. Whether it’s T in the Park, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, or Boomtown that’s your festival of choice, chances are you’ve been to one or are getting geared up to go to one this season.

So we thought who better to talk to about a survival guide than Clara Amfo, the face of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage this year? The radio and TV presenter is currently best known for introducing us to the best in UK music during Radio 1’s Live Lounge every weekday. But she’s set to be everywhere this summer, thanks in large part to her leading Glastonbury’s festival coverage on the BBC, as well as covering Radio 1’s Big Weekend for the broadcaster.

So BuzzFeed invited her to our London office just as the 2017 festival season kicked off to ask everything we needed to know: from what to pack to tips on surviving and the best areas and shows to head to.

  • Wet wipes
  • Phone charger
  • Shorts over trousers
  • Take hand sanitiser
  • Bring a light waterproof

My top tips for surviving festivals are:

– Always pack wet wipes. Wet wipes are your friend. They help you when it comes to spillage with food, with drink, with mud… you want to just get that off of you. So always pack wet wipes, in bulk!

– I would also say for festivals: charge up! It’s all well and good having a fully charged phone but what you really need is one of those external battery things. So make sure you have at least two of those on you. I know that’s what I’m going to be doing!

I do advocate for wearing shorts over trousers to festivals, just because the weather is unpredictable, and if it rains you can just get dry quickly or wipe down your legs. And if it’s sunny, legs out and enjoy the sun on your skin.

Hand sanitiser. I’m a germ-phobe. So when it comes to festivals I need a hand sanitiser at all times. Hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes are my best friends. Hopefully they’ll be yours, too.

– Make sure you pack a lightweight waterproof jacket, something that is easy to take on and off. If it rains, you’re good, you’re protected and if it doesn’t rain you can just have it around your waist and you’re sorted.

  • Screenshot your festival guide app.
  • Be green and recycle. Bring your own bags. Leave no trace.
  • Get cash out before you go.
  • Bring a cheap pair of sunglasses – you’ll probably lose them.
  • DON’T FORGET YOUR TICKET!

– When it comes to festivals, we all know that mobile phone signal can be a bit [rubbish]. So I like to take screenshots of everything I want to keep on looking at during the festival. So if I’ve used an app and I’ve got all my set times all ordered, I will take a picture of that on my phone, so whatever happens, if you’re trying to get on the app, I’ve got what I need to do there quickly for me to check on my phone.

– I hate to litter. It’s just a pet hate of mine, I hate people that litter. I’m the type of person that will give someone side-eye if I see them leaving a can of drink on the seat on a train. No honestly, I really do. So I would say, if you’re going to festivals this year, try to be as green as possible. Maybe just take a big old rubbish bag that you can just put everything in that you use in your tent. Whether it’s your beer cans, your drink bottles, your sweet wrappers, your food wrappers, whatever. Just make sure you have all that and don’t leave anything lying around your tent. It’s not cute. It’s not clever.

– I know it sounds obvious, but don’t forget your ticket! Because there is nothing worse than travelling somewhere for a very, very long time and realising you can’t. get. in. So make sure you leave your ticket by your bedside table before you leave the house or where your keys are, just so you know you absolutely are not going to forget it.

– My other festival tip is always get your cash before you go to the festival, just because the queues for cash points can sometimes be really long. You don’t want to have to stop your fun in between a performance and have to go out of site and back in. So always pack your cash before you go.

– Also, sunglasses! Bring a couple of pairs of cheap sunglasses because the chances are you’ll probably lose at least one!

Glastonbury – obviously there is so much to do, so much to see. The Pyramid Stage, you know you’re going to get all your main artists there but I always think it’s worth venturing out and not just sticking around there. Silver Hayes is always fun. Shangri-La – the elusive Shangri-La where you hear about all types of things. I think the rule is what happens in Shangri-La stays in Shangri-La, but it’s something to behold. And the Circus Area. Now, besides music there’s lots of cool things you can do at Glastonbury and I actually got to hang out at the Circus Area last year – which, I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t on my ‘oh my god I’ve got to do this’ list. But once I got there I had the best time ever. And I got to learn how to trapeze, which was really fun – scary, but fun.

Songs I know I’ll be listening to loads this summer are Rex Orange County, “Sunflower”, which I just love. The new Arcade Fire tune, “Everything Now”, it’s just joyous, upbeat, kind of disco vibe, which I really enjoy. This kid called Steve Lacy, who is part of The Internet, he’s got a song called “Dark Red” which I haven’t stopped listening to. I’m obsessed with his whole EP. The new SZA album, Ctrl, is just a delight to my ears; she has written feels that I need. There’s a song on there called “Prom” which I really like.

  • Hunter wellies
  • Bobbi Brown concealer, to hide a multitude of sins
  • Shea butter for all your moisturising needs
  • Ka-Brow by Benefit
  • Carmex lip balm

So when it comes to looking, you know, somewhat decent at festivals, my things are I always have to have a brow on and I’ve always got to make sure my lips are well moisturised. I like a strong brow. So I go for this thing called Ka-Brow by Benefit. It’s nice and small in a little pot – you can stick it in your coat pocket. Easy. Get the brows on.

I like a well moisturised lip. I’m obsessed with Carmex. They’ve got this one with a little berry tint in which is good, as you can give a nice red lip and protect your precious gob from unpredictable weather conditions! And also concealer. Concealer hides a lot of sins. So Bobbi Brown concealer. And if all else fails a pair of sunglasses will fix everything. And I also like to be well moisturised. I’m a shea butter advocate, with a bit of vanilla oil in a travel-sized pot.

Answer Some Questions And We'll Tell You Which Alternative Singer You Are

Answer Some Questions And We’ll Tell You Which Alternative Singer You Are

You got: Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco

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No matter how hard you try to be cool, your friends always seem to think you’re adorable.

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You got: Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance

You have a bit of a wild side. Nothing can stop you if you’re passionate about something. You are very loyal to your friends and are always true to yourself.

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You may seem quite shy, but you are very smart and interesting. You have a few, close friends and like to write and create.

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You got: Halsey

You are a very honest person who is never afraid to express their feelings. You love exploring the city, hanging out with your friends, and your style is on point.

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You got: Melanie Martinez

You can seem over-emotional at times, but you have an inner strength and confidence that keeps you going. You have a very personal style and like to try new things and meet new people.

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You got: Lana Del Rey

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You got: Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low

You are the joker out of your friend group and love to have a lot of fun. You always see the positive side of things and encourage those who need it.

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You got: Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys

You have a big heart and this shows through the things you are passionate about. You have a tight group of friends and have strong feelings towards your hometown.

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You got: Matthew Healy from The 1975

You have a great personal style which shows in everything you create.

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You got: Hayley Williams from Paramore

You are bubbly, funny, and kind. You’re generally a really fun person to be around.

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You got: Chris Martin from Coldplay

You are kind of the kid-next-door so you sometimes get overlooked, but you have a very positive outlook on life.

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Your Taste In Music Will Reveal Your Inner Passion

You got: Creating

You’ve got an incredibly creative mind, which means you’re always looking for opportunities to make your ideas a reality. You have a wild imagination, and it sometimes feels as though no one quite understands your ~vision~ because you have such a unique way of thinking. Your one weakness is that you find it difficult to accept criticism, particularly if it’s regarding your work, because it takes so much courage for you to share it in the first place.

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You got: Exploring

You love being spontaneous and doing things that most people would be way too scared to attempt. Whether it’s trying something out of your comfort zone or journeying to somewhere completely new, you’re always up for expanding your horizons. Your active nature means you’re never dull to be around, but the downside is that you can get bored quite easily, and need to be mentally stimulated in order to feel fulfilled.

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You got: Helping others

You’re a naturally empathetic person who enjoys caring for others and lending your hand where you can. You’re the backbone of your friendship group – people come to you when they need support and guidance, and your intuitive, reasoned nature means you’re perfectly equipped to help. You wear your heart on your sleeve and would rarely do anything to intentionally hurt someone, but your weakness is that you can sometimes give too much to others and completely forget about yourself.

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You got: Learning

You enjoy trying new things and becoming well-versed in a wealth of different activities in order to expand your mind and diversify your experiences. Learning doesn’t necessarily mean traditional education, your passion for learning is also evident in your love of deep conversations with both friends and strangers, and hearing other people’s points of view. You like to keep an open mind about things, and your least favourite people are those who judge. The only downside is that you can sometimes be a sponge for other people’s problems, and it can take a toll on your mood.

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You got: Achieving success

Whatever you do in life, your aim is always to be the best. Some may take your drive for ruthlessness, but that’s simply your competitive nature, which is nothing to be ashamed about. You’re always looking for new challenges in order to fulfil your potential, and you take great satisfaction in pushing yourself and achieving the seemingly impossible. Sometimes you beat yourself up for not achieving your goals, but that’s only because you often set them too high.

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You got: Connecting with other people

You thrive around others and dislike spending too much time alone. You love meeting new people and establishing new friendships, and you work hard to maintain those. In fact, you’re extra proud of those friendships you’ve preserved for years. Your energy is largely influenced by other people’s, so you like to be in a positive environment, but the downside is if those same people are negative, it can sap your energy leaving you feeling emotionally exhausted.

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