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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.

'I haven't succeeded at love': A rare audience with rap legend P Diddy

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."

Music & Me: DELS

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

Wu-Tang Clan, 02 Academy, Glasgow

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.

Dom Joly: Skis or board? Let the Wu-Tang decide

Four skiers line up in a small cabin while members of their Olympic team shout at them

Album: Snoop Dog, Mailce N Wonderland (Priority)

Recently appointed creative chairman of Priority Records, Snoop is, in his words, "tha Dogg Father" of the West Coast rap scene.

Album: Blakroc, Blakroc (V2)

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.

Album: Snoop Dogg, Malice N Wonderland (Priority)

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.

Headphones: The head boys of hip hop

Two of rap’s biggest stars are branching out into high-end headphones – the better to enjoy those monster beats. Paul McKenzie plugs in

The Independent Film Forum: 3. Notorious

Our new film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on this tale of Nineties hip-hop.

Album: Dr Dre, Detoxification, (Aftermath)

Dr Dre bounces his jeep one last time

Dr Dre's son dies

Dr Dre's 20-year-old son has died, the rapper's publicist said last night

Album: Bobby Digital, Digi Snacks (Bodog)

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.

Björk, Hammersmith Apollo, London<br />Method Man and Redman, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Spirit of a child in the hands of a maverick

Thomas Sutcliffe: Sorry, but this is just a drop in the ocean...

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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