Sean C. and LV: Production Gangsters... Working with Jay-Z and Puffy

It's the Tuesday after a record is released, everyone knows what that means, SoundScan reports come out. To no surprise, Jay-Z’s American Gangster is number one in the country, selling over 400,000 units in it’s first week. Since they produced half the album, Sean C. and LV are definitely ecstatic.

How do they celebrate their contribution to the number one album in the country? Pop bottles, sail on the French Riviera, or hey go on 106 & Park and kick it on the couch. Not even. These two want that staying power, therefore they celebrate by doing the same thing that got them to the top. In the studio, grinding.

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Jay-Z inspired by Diddy on new album

Jay-Z has revealed that the biggest inspiration behind his new album was fellow hip-hip rival Diddy.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, said that Diddy – who co-produced “American Gangster” – was so inspiring that it was easy to write the accompanying lyrics to the music.

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Diddy inks Ciroc vodka deal

Just five years ago, Sean “Diddy” Combs asked Busta Rhymes to “pass the Courvoisier.” These days, it’s all about the vodka.

The 37-year-old hip-hop mogul has inked a multiyear deal to develop the Ciroc vodka brand – one of Diageo PLC’s superpremium lines – for a 50-50 share in the profits.

It’s the latest agreement in which a celebrity is going beyond the typical endorser role to share in a brand’s rise and fall, such as Jay-Z with Budweiser and 50 Cent with Vitamin Water.

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50 Cent dislikes Diddy and Jay-Z

The rapper – real name Curtis Jackson – has no desire to be friends with the two music moguls.

When asked if he ever feels competitive towards Diddy and Jay-Z’s business ventures, he replied: “Nah. I don’t even like them.”

The hip-hop star refused to retract his words when it was suggested they could be misconstrued, saying: “I don’t give a f**k.”

50 insisted he “respected” Diddy but won’t be phoning him to ask for advice.

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Top 3 richest in Hip Hop for 2007, Diddy #2

Sean “Diddy” Combs presides over a media empire that includes the record label Bad Boy Records, the clothing lines Sean John and Sean by Sean Combs, a movie production company, and two restaurants. He has taken the roles of recording executive, performer, producer of MTV’s “Making the Band,” writer, arranger, clothing designer, and Broadway actor and he has made a fortune in the process.

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Police surveillance of Jay-Z and Diddy was "unlawful"

Rap moguls Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Sean “Diddy” Combs were closely monitored by the New York Police Department (NYPD) months before they attended a demonstration in the city in 2004 – surveillance that has been deemed “unlawful”.

The details of the NYPD operation were revealed in a 600 page top-secret document, which was released yesterday by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). The Union is suing the authorities on behalf of those demonstrators arrested at the event.

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Diddy's mega baby bash

SEAN “DIDDY” COMBS is renowned for throwing the most lavish parties in showbiz, so it's little surprise that the baby shower for his soon-to-arrive twin daughters was quite a bash.

The rap mogul held the exclusive event, dubbed “Little Miss Diddys' Pretty in Pink” party, for his long-term girlfriend Kim Porter and her now-sizeable bump in New York City.

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Same sample powering new Jay-Z & Diddy tracks

The “ubiquitous hip-hop sample of the moment” award goes to the horn loop from Johnny Pate’s “Shaft in Africa.”

The track, from the 1973 soundtrack of the same name, is prominently featured in “Show Me What You Got,” the lead single from Jay-Z’s new “Kingdom Come” (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam), and “We Gon’ Make It,” the opening song from Diddy’s recently released “Press Play” (Bad Boy).

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Jay-Z and Diddy's careers cross paths again

Kelefa Sanneh wrote in New York Times about Diddy and Jay-Z. Here’s the full article:

In the late 1990s Jay-Z and Puff Daddy (as he was then known) were two of the biggest names in hip-hop. And to nonfans who only glimpsed them on magazine covers or when flipping past MTV, they probably seemed pretty interchangeable: a couple of flashy New York stars whose ubiquity was proof of hip-hop’s continuing rise.

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Diddy declared "Richest person in hip hop"

Sean ‘Diddy' Combs edged out Jay-Z to earn the title of the Richest Person in Hip Hop, according to Web site Panache Report.

Following six months of research, the site's creator, Myra Panache, found that Bad Boy mogul Diddy had the most bank with $346 million, followed by Def Jam president Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter at $340 million and Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons with $325 million.

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