Making moves with Puff, yeah Dirty Money is officially doing that (no Craig Mack). Cassie's status is fuzzy, and the Making the Band projects (Day 26, and Danity Kane) are out of steam. What's left is Diddy pushing his new group Dirty Money for his next album, Last Train to Paris. To what end though?
Dirty Money is Diddy plus 2—Dawn Richard from Danity Kane, and Kalenna. That part is fairly clear as Diddy's current moniker, for now. The rest is up in the air with the album shifting focus since it was announced last year as a singing—non-rapping—Diddy jumping genres into house and techno with Felix Da Housecat. Now that the album has a green light for a June 22nd release, Dirty Money is making a prime time TV appearance on American Idol this Wednesday. Get familiar with the progression of the trio below.
DIDDY INTRODUCES DIRTY MONEY
Here we learn Dirty Money's inspiration: Diddy's take on Loose Ends and Soul II Soul. Yes, they're both British R&B groups, which fits his intercontintental steez for Last Train to Paris. Those groups were predominantly male though. To do it the Puff Daddy way, you gotta take two and pass, ladies that is.
DIRTY MONEY "ANGELS"
Diddy's singing is suspect with auto-tune masking what we thought he could do on "Last Night" with Keyshia Cole. He makes the vocals on Daft Punk's "One More Time" sound more natural than his own solo. At times like these, when Diddy's rhyme skills were questioned, his argument: "Don't worry if I write rhymes, I write checks." Same goes for his falsetto.
DIRTY MONEY F. RICK ROSS "ANGELS" (REMIX)
The recycled Biggie lyrics—as nostalgic as they were on the original—are outdone by Rawse. It's 2010, and Rawse is the self-proclaimed "Biggie of his city"—Miami if you're new here. Diddy didn't change his part, nor the beat taken from Jay-Z's "Where I'm From." Diddy's angels chime in around the chorus. Will they have a chance to really shine?
DIRTY MONEY "LOVE COME DOWN"
History has shown that a lot of Bad Boy's roster are behind-the-scenes letting Diddy
doing all the work. It happened with Shyne, and G-Dep, who appeared in videos before they had their chance at the spotlight. The girls have been fixtures on Diddy's other reality shows: Making His Band, and I Want to Work for Diddy. Except Kalenna and Dawn don't do Diddy's dirty work, at least not on camera.
THREE 6 MAFIA F. KALENNA "SHAKE MY"
Any other time—post-Three 6's Oscar win—these forced dance records wouldn't even be worthy of a Now That's What I Call Music! compilation. Since DJ Paul and Juicy J just won't quit putting out predictable records that jockey for play during spring break, at least "Shake My" gave Kalenna some face-time outside of Dirty Money.
When Puff takes an "L" he still wins. Back on No Way Out, he dug deep to express the pain of losing B.I.G. It seemed like one of his most honest tracks in the aftermath of Biggie's death. Relationships also add to Diddy's war stories, and on "Hurt" it sounds like Dawn is by his side helping him lick his wounds. Check for Drake though on this possible Last Train to Paris cut.
Download: Dirty Money f. Drake "Hurt"
Thought you were done with Diddy changing his name? He pitched another curveball when he and Felix Da Housecat put out a sample of what we'd expect on Last Train to Paris. Is it Dirty Money or is it Lectro Black? Is Dirty Money Lectro Black? Maybe Lectro Black is Felix and Diddy? Talking in circles: a symptom of experimenting with drugs backed by Puff doing his best Afrika Bambaataa impression over tranc-y electronica.
Cam'ron said it best when he addressed a blasphemous Pastor Ma$e on Hot 97, "You said rap is of the devil and you're rapping?" Puff is definitely rapping, not singing over Danja's orchestra of handclaps and synths. Harlem shakes are welcome.
DIDDY PREMIERES "HELLO, GOOD MORNING" IN MIAMI
Come tomorrow night, American Idol might have it's best night of ratings to date. For the past week, Diddy has been in trouble for putting down Ciroc's alcoholic beverage rivals as "pee pee." The comment was made at a Super Bowl party last month, while he previewed his new single, "Hello, Good Morning." This is Diddy, who "can't stop, won't stop." His vodka is his main wiz, what's wrong with that? No T.I. with them though, but get ready to watch Dirty Money fly on national television.