Music producer Quincy Jones attends the after party for 'Celeste And Jesse Forever' at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival held at Luxe Hotel on June 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (June 20, 2012)
*Legendary producer and musician Quincy Jones had to clarify some things at the recent launch event for the music streaming service Spotify.
Music mogul and one-time producer Sean “Diddy” Combs may have a great ear for music, having signed and cultivated such talent as The Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans and 112, but according to Jones, the Bad Boy head honcho “couldn’t recognize a b flat if it hit him.”
Instead, Jones noted, “P. Diddy has a doctorate in marketing,” citing his clothing labels and success with Ciroc (his vodka company) as the rapper’s true talents, reports the Huffington Post.
Not all of Diddy’s business ventures have stood the test of time. He recently closed Justin, the Atlanta restaurant he named after his son. The New York outpost of Justin was also closed, in 1997.
Jones curated a playlist for Spotify, as did the bands Tiesto, Rancid and Distrubed. The service hopes the playlists will help guide users through the millions of songs it has licensed.
*Former Bad Boy Records artist Loon (born Chauncey Hawkins, but who is now known as Amir Junaid Muhadith after his conversion to Islam) was arrested in Belgium and will be extradited to the United States to face drug charges, according to MTV News.
It seems that Loon “knowingly and intentionally” possessed with intent to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin between early 2006 and September 2008 in North Carolina.
A copy of indictment surfaced on blog site DDotOmen.com on Friday.
Loon began his career as a rapper in Ma$e’s Harlem World group, who released their gold-selling debut The Movement in 1999. In 2003 Loon released his solo self-titled debut on the back of his Mario Winans-featured single “Down for Me.”
In 2004 he was arrested and charged with attempted murder after a security guard was stabbed during a fight at The House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. However Loon was never convicted of the crime.
*The New York Post is reporting that on Wednesday 36-year-old rapper, MC G. Dep, born Trevell Coleman, walked into the 25th precinct in Harlem and confessed to killing a man in 1993.
“I shot and killed someone 17 years ago,” he reportedly told an officer at the precinct.
According to the Post report, Dep (pictured above) told police that he was riding a bike when he approached his victim, 32-year-old John Henkel, on Park Avenue and East 114th street near the James Weldon Johnson housing projects.
Dep, just 18 years old at the time, was planning to rob Henkel, but when he resisted, shot him three times in the chest with a .40-caliber hand gun.
He then fled from the crime scene and threw the gun into the East River. Henkel was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s hospital.
*Following his prison release last October after spending nearly ten years behind bars, former Bad Boy rapper Shyne is prepping his comeback with two new albums, “Messiah” and “Gangland.”
Although the latter album is set for release on Def Jam Records, Shyne tells Billboard.com that he’s “been on my lawyer to get me up out of there for a couple months now” and has soured on the work of Island Def Jam Chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who he believes “shouldn’t be the chairman of Island Def Jam.”
“It’s difficult to do business with somebody who doesn’t believe in what you do,” Shyne tells Billboard. “They don’t get it, they don’t believe in hip-hop. They’re into that R&B thing, and that’s cool. But Def Jam is an institution… how you gonna have a chairman that don’t believe in hip-hop?”
Shyne inked a seven-figure deal with Def Jam last February after serving nine years for charges from a 1999 club shooting, although the rapper says that he was originally going to sign with Interscope Records.
“[Interscope chairman] Jimmy Iovine put the deal on the table, and L.A. came along and he sold me on, ‘We’re gonna do this together,’” says Shyne. “When it came down to it, he doesn’t want nothing to do with making hip-hop music. If that was the case, I would have stayed with what my gut told me, which was to go with Jimmy.”
After issuing new single “Roller Song” last June, Shyne (born Jamal Barrow, now legally known as Moses Levi) plans to release “Gangland” next spring on the same day as “Messiah,” which will come out on Cash Money Records. The rapper is currently working in Israel after being deported upon his prison release and spending time in Belize. [Listen to both below.]
Although Shyne misses his native Brooklyn, he says that he has used his prison time and exile to fuel his latest music. “I spent ten years just being numb,” he says. “When I first came out, it was with the voice of that suppressed emotion… The lyrical content surpassed anything I had ever done, and most of the things that are out there, bar [Jay-Z]. Other than that, I don’t know who else can talk the way I talk.”
*Black Rob is lashing out at Diddy, again. He started up his beef again, saying the Bad Boy family is corrupted by its daddy Diddy.
“I always thought it was a family situation,” Rob told Thisis50.com, explaining that when he went to prison, no one from Bad Boy even bothered to pay him a visit.
“All the people up at Bad Boy, none of them reached out to me. None of them even cared. [...] All those years we spent together? That s— ain’t mean nothing to you dawg? You actually think I’m not your man? That right there told me that n—- was never my man. Ever.”
His rant didn’t stop there of course. He also shed a little light on G-Dep and their strained relationship.
“I had a conversation with Puff like, ‘Yo, that’s my artist!” he exclaimed. “Even though I didn’t have any of the paperwork, he just snatched him from me. That’s some sucka s—.”
But of course Diddy ain’t gonna let that slide without a response. In the new fall issue of Vibe, he attempted to clarify some things.
“Like, all this year I’ve heard people say, ‘Where’s Carl Thomas, where’s Black Rob, where’s G.Dep? Where are these artists?” Diddy alleges. “And for some reason they go ahead and equate that, cause those artists aren’t with me, that I’ve done something wrong or malicious or conniving. It’s something that I do have a problem with because they don’t have no proof that I’ve ever done nothing like that.”