Friday, May 14, 2004

UNMAKING THE BAND: Sean Combs, aka O, Puff You And Your Daddy, has called time on DaBand, the slightly literally named hiphop act he put together for money ("for MTV's Making The Band") because, apparently, they weren't quite up their own arses enough. P explains:

"Initially my goal with Da Band was to make sure the world saw realistically how serious hip-hop was. So at times it was kind of embarrassing to me the way they were portraying themselves, not taking it as serious as most artists take this art form. The venture with Da Band was successful because it had the TV backing. But at the end of the day, it's not worth me getting money for something I think misrepresents what (my record label) Bad Boy and hip-hop is about."

Goodness, reality TV talent show contestants not approaching their work as if it were a vital piece of the cultural fabric - whatever next? It'll be kids doing the Bagpuss colouring competition at Burger King purely because they want the prize, not for the joy of creating a thing of beauty.

Diddy is pissed that the faux hiphoppers misrepresented hip hop - apparently, they had pointless bickering rows all the time, but none escalated into shooting incidents.


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