Puffy Behind The Scenes At Soul Train Taping

BeThere.tv has a clip of Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs behind the set on Soul Train. Included on the clip are Puffy’s butler Fonsworth. They also show the performance of Puffy’s ‘Bad Boy For Life.’ BeThere.tv has since shut down.

Early Word Says ‘The Eminem Show’ Is Dope

Davey D reports early word on Eminem’s new album expected to drop around Memorial Day is that it is ‘dope,’ based on some of the tracks people have been able to hear of the LP. Davey says Dr. Dre is only doing one or two tracks, “But he definitely continues to bring heat and prove to all naysayers he ain’t no joke.”

Boots Often At Odds With Conscious Hip-Hop Movement

Darren Keast of the Dallas Observer spoke with Boots Riley of the Coup about how he sometimes finds his efforts at odds with the so-called “conscious” hip-hop movement. “I think that a lot of the conscious rappers are saying, ‘You need to do this, you need to stop doing this,'” he says. “They’ve been given the wrong information as to what are the big problems going on in the world. Just ’cause I’ve been privy to some good information, it’s made us [make sure to] not be too preachy. That’s what saves it from totally eating up the music.”

Alton McDonald Shot To Death

Alton McDonald, a former production manager for Death Row Records was shot to death on Wednesday afternoon as he filled up his car at a gas station, authorities said.

Puffy Apparently Doing Revenge Poach From Def Jam

The New York Daily News reports Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs is firing back at Island/Def Jam records recent bid to steal 112 from his Bad Boy label by going after Def Jam’s own Foxy Brown, who’s last two albums haven’t exactly flown off the shelves.

TBS Unveils New Version Of ‘Welcome to Atlanta’

Be sure to check out TBS at 7:30 Eastern tonight as the network will reveal a new version of the Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris rap “Welcome to Atlanta,” which will feature Atlanta Braves player Gary Sheffield and manager Bobby Cox. Even though Dupri had never been to a baseball game, he said, “I’m just trying to help raise the profile of the city, period. Plus it was just a lot of fun to stand on top of the dugout and everything.”

Book Claims Carolyn Bessette Dissed Puffy

The New York Post reports a book on the late Carolyn Bessette and1 John F. Kennedy Jr. includes a diss of Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs. Richard Blow’s book ‘American Son’ includes Carolyn reportedly saying after a party, “I can’t believe I’ve had to sit next to that thug Puffy Combs all night!” Historians would note Bessette and Kennedy died July 16, 1999… Months before Puffy’s infamous shooting incident on December 27th of ’99, but after his beating of Nas’s manager Steve Stoute in April of ’99.

Biggie’s Mom Prepping Mother Of All Lawsuits

MuchMusic reports Violetta Wallace, mother of murdered rapper Notorious B.I.G., is apparently in the process of filing one of the biggest wrongful death suits in the history of the U.S. against the L.A. Police Department. The lawsuit is reportedly alledging that the department played a role in her son’s murder, where Wallace has linked a former police officer named David Mack in conspiring with his friend Amir Muhammed to murder Biggie. In addition, Mack was in charge of Death Row Records security around the time of the murder, which plays into the Bad Boy rivalry angle that had the hit being a retaliation to Tupac Shakur’s murder.

Lil’ Bow Wow Performs For Clueless White Folk

Lil’ Bow Wow was on Regis and Kelly earlier today and the only thing you could really walk away with after the interview was how clueless both were about the young rapper. Kelly Ripa even asked if he knew Snoop Dogg! He did say he has no girlfriends. Read on for what he had to say to the clueless hosts.

Competition Among Rappers Part Of Hip Hop’s Origins

Dan DeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer profiled hip hop fueds including the most recent big name one with Jay-Z and Nas. Experts on the subject say it traces back the roots of the genre. “It was a time of gang war,” says Bahiyyah ‘Lady B’ Clark, the WPHI-FM (103.9) DJ who has been part of the Philadelphia rap scene since the late 1970s. “Hip-hop gave us a chance to vent on turntables and microphones instead of using guns and knives. It was a way to rep your hood, back when busting on your mom was something fun to do. It wasn’t as serious as when Biggie and 2Pac did it.” Philly.com has since removed the article.