The rap music impresario Sean Combs has gone on a charm offensive to woo the world's biggest advertisers as he gears up for the launch of his new television channel, called Revolt TV, aimed at what he calls "millennials" – people in their teens and early twenties who were born just before the new millennium.
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Saturday 22 January 2011
Question: how much does a rap mogul pay for his cardigans? Answer: $2,500 (£1,600). I know this fact because Sean Combs, the hip-hop hyphenate variously known as Puff Daddy, Puffy, P Diddy, and more recently, plain old Diddy, has just instructed his wardrobe man, Dave, to lend me an item of knitwear to cope with the sub-zero temperatures in the Mojave Desert, where he's making the video of the track "Yesterday", from his new album Last Train to Paris. Its price tag flutters in the breeze. "Make sure you give it back," says Dave. "And try not to get it dirty."
Wednesday 20 October 2010
Young MC DELS has been hard at work in the studio collaborating with Joe Goddard from Hot Chip for his second single. He took time out to answer a few teasers for Music Magazine
Thursday 05 August 2010
There was some consternation on Wu-Tang-affiliated message boards last week when it was announced that this latest tour – the rap supergroup's first in the UK for three years and supposedly an opportunity to see all of its surviving founding members onstage at once – would be without the services of Method Man, the rapper-turned-actor having been recalled to the US to work on one of CSI's many offshoots. Whether he would have added much to the overpopulated free-for-all going on here is another matter.
Monday 01 March 2010
Sunday 13 December 2009
Recently appointed creative chairman of Priority Records, Snoop is, in his words, "tha Dogg Father" of the West Coast rap scene.
Friday 04 December 2009
Celebrating his recent appointment as "Creative Chairman" of Priority Records, Snoop Dogg has managed to release an album whose overall meagre level of creativity makes one wonder how he'll work out in his new position.
Friday 04 December 2009
If Snoop Dogg's Malice N Wonderland exemplifies the bling-encrusted dead-end of hip-hop, this eponymous debut from Blakroc illustrates how other rappers are refreshing the genre.
The Barometer: Florence and the Machine; Raekwon (feat Method Man & Ghostface Killah); Jack Penate; Woods; Clint Mansell; Billy Boy on Poison
Friday 19 June 2009
Wednesday 06 May 2009
Wednesday 25 February 2009
Sunday 14 December 2008
Wednesday 27 August 2008
Dr Dre's 20-year-old son has died, the rapper's publicist said last night
Sunday 20 July 2008
Bobby Digital is the alter-ego of RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. This guise has acted as a repository for his more idiosyncratic, left-field ideas, with often stunning results.
Sunday 20 April 2008
Tuesday 15 April 2008
Here's a downturn with a silver lining. According to a retail analyst, sales of bottled water in Britain have fallen for the first time, dropping nine per cent in the year to March. This may be because of general belt-tightening, or it could be that people are getting less comfortable about the ecological costs of bottling and shipping the stuff.
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French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
David Cameron says anyone criticising Eric Pickles' letter to Muslims 'really has a problem'
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