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http://textpattern.com/?v=4.6.2 Bad Boy Forever http://www.badboyforever.com/ We Won't Stop Cause We Can't Stop Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:51:12 GMT Cheri Dennis: Moments of clarity Bad Boy has been known to put out many artists but very few have been through and been consistently successful. Singer and songwriter Cheri Dennis is patiently waiting to get her opportunity to expose her God give talent to the world.

Raised in Cleveland all Cheri Dennis knew was singing and was determined early and the decision had been made. Involved in this fast revolving door that is R&B Ms.

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Bad Boy has been known to put out many artists but very few have been through and been consistently successful. Singer and songwriter Cheri Dennis is patiently waiting to get her opportunity to expose her God give talent to the world.

Raised in Cleveland all Cheri Dennis knew was singing and was determined early and the decision had been made. Involved in this fast revolving door that is R&B Ms.

Dennis is aware of the politics and understands that this is a business and as a proud Bad Boy artist when the earth is in line on all cylinders she'll be ready to step into the flashing lights and stay there.

For more visit NobodySmiling

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http://www.badboyforever.com/article/cheri-dennis-moments-of-clarity Fri, 25 Jan 2008 15:59:30 GMT Sean John tag:www.badboyforever.com,2008-01-25:6e68019b2929c6d552a3a5de77f09d36/d2d3591eba7fb753c19e750c4ccfedfc
Cassie grows up on sophomore album Bad Boy R&B singer Cassie will release her as-yet-untitled sophomore album on May 20, and she says although “I hate to use the words grown-up, I really, really did since the last time around.”

“I guess I grew up a lot but I’m still in essence the same person,” says the 21-year-old singer. “Lots has changed in my life, stuff that has made me think about things differently. I’m more vulnerable and you can hear my vocals better this time around. There’s real emotion and a much realer connection with my fans.”

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Bad Boy R&B singer Cassie will release her as-yet-untitled sophomore album on May 20, and she says although “I hate to use the words grown-up, I really, really did since the last time around.”

“I guess I grew up a lot but I’m still in essence the same person,” says the 21-year-old singer. “Lots has changed in my life, stuff that has made me think about things differently. I’m more vulnerable and you can hear my vocals better this time around. There’s real emotion and a much realer connection with my fans.”

The album features production from Seven, Mario Winans, Bryan Michael Cox, Eric Hudson, Sean C and LV and mentor Ryan Leslie, who discovered the Connecticut native. There are no guest features recorded as of yet.

And although a first single hasn’t been released, Cassie assures it will be “a club record — something fun and danceable.” Possible contenders include the Seven-produced “My House,” the flirty “Thirsty” and the concept track “Push It,” on which Cassie sings, “Want you to light me up / keep me on my toes / gotta hold it steady.”

Cassie released her self-titled debut in 2006, which went on to sell 319,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Single “Me & U” peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 3 on the Hot 100. It has also sold 989,000 digital downloads.

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http://www.badboyforever.com/article/cassie-grows-up-on-sophomore-album Fri, 11 Jan 2008 16:01:35 GMT Sean John tag:www.badboyforever.com,2008-01-25:6e68019b2929c6d552a3a5de77f09d36/2ba246dcf7c56116d8d5949bd7b7e080
Diddy's rules for a perfect party It's well-known that Diddy throws the best parties – here's his list for the 10 essential party ingredients:

10. Choose a good party spot.

9. A great bartender..bad drinks aren't sexy

8. Food should never interrupt your swagger…small, not messy equals good.

7. Music should be the soundtrack to the night…it should match the theme and the flow.

6. Preserve the sexy…my oldest and truest party rule. If it's about furs and diamonds, don't show up in jeans.

5. Invite the right party people…everyone has to be sexy!

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It's well-known that Diddy throws the best parties – here's his list for the 10 essential party ingredients:

10. Choose a good party spot.

9. A great bartender..bad drinks aren't sexy

8. Food should never interrupt your swagger…small, not messy equals good.

7. Music should be the soundtrack to the night…it should match the theme and the flow.

6. Preserve the sexy…my oldest and truest party rule. If it's about furs and diamonds, don't show up in jeans.

5. Invite the right party people…everyone has to be sexy!

4. You need a great pair of shades…because the party doesn't stop till well in the morning.

3. You need a great host…like me…a master in the art of celebration.

2. Ciroc: the world's best ultra-premium vodka…enough said.

1. It's never sexy to be sloppy: know your limits and drink responsibly.

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http://www.badboyforever.com/article/diddys-rules-for-a-perfect-party Thu, 10 Jan 2008 15:39:31 GMT Sean John tag:www.badboyforever.com,2008-01-25:6e68019b2929c6d552a3a5de77f09d36/07089fd67e66aedcb8760ccd8b4bd036
Cheri Dennis: Portrait of a bad girl After a chance meeting at a party in NYC with Bad Boy Records’ Sean “Diddy” Combs, singer Cheri Dennis has been no stranger to the music industry or the Bad Boy Family.

First appearing on rapper Mase’s tracks, “No Matter What,” “All I Ever Wanted” and “If You Want To Party” from his 1999 album Double Up, Cheri went on appear on several tracks from the label’s lengthy catalog. Despite numerous credits under her belt, her long-awaited self-titled debut album was halted, ultimately being pushed back several times.

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After a chance meeting at a party in NYC with Bad Boy Records’ Sean “Diddy” Combs, singer Cheri Dennis has been no stranger to the music industry or the Bad Boy Family.

First appearing on rapper Mase’s tracks, “No Matter What,” “All I Ever Wanted” and “If You Want To Party” from his 1999 album Double Up, Cheri went on appear on several tracks from the label’s lengthy catalog. Despite numerous credits under her belt, her long-awaited self-titled debut album was halted, ultimately being pushed back several times.

Now after a several delays, management issues and label politics to match, Cheri Dennis is seemingly next up to bat with the long overdue release of In And Out of Love, which is finally set to hit stores February 2008.

In a landmark move, Bad Boy Records and iTunes have released the album exclusively through the Apple music store three full months before its physical release hits stores. This is noted as being the first-ever major label R&B album to receive an early digital release through iTunes. Available digitally since November of 2007, In And Out Of Love was trumpeted by the Rodney Jerkins producer single, “Remind You,” as the iTunes Store’s Single of the Week. To date, the track has already proven to be a hit, with nearly a quarter of a million free downloads thus far.

If a part of success is effort and time, then Cheri Dennis should be well on her way, in Bad Boy — “can’t stop, won’t stop” — fashion.

For a full interview visit ballerstatus

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http://www.badboyforever.com/article/cheri-dennis-portrait-of-a-bad-girl Tue, 01 Jan 2008 15:28:36 GMT Sean John tag:www.badboyforever.com,2008-01-25:6e68019b2929c6d552a3a5de77f09d36/09f27229c8de66caf0b1232f70cec752
Danity Kane's second album completed, due 2008 The most informative member of Danity Kane, Dawn Richards, revealed that the all-girl group’s new studio album has been completed. On her official blog, Richards wrote that fans would be “surprised” of the record.

The post read:

“I’m home guys!!!!!! just finished the show….....and the album…It is soooooo sick….You guys will be surprised at how much DK has grown….The show is gonna be something!!!!!! It’s a making the band you have never seen before! so stay tuned! DK IS BACK BABY. 2008 IS GONNA BE OURS FOR THE TAKING!”

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The most informative member of Danity Kane, Dawn Richards, revealed that the all-girl group’s new studio album has been completed. On her official blog, Richards wrote that fans would be “surprised” of the record.

The post read:

“I’m home guys!!!!!! just finished the show….....and the album…It is soooooo sick….You guys will be surprised at how much DK has grown….The show is gonna be something!!!!!! It’s a making the band you have never seen before! so stay tuned! DK IS BACK BABY. 2008 IS GONNA BE OURS FOR THE TAKING!”

Her reference of “the show” would be that new deal that the group made to appear on the spin off of ‘Making the Band’, a reality show helmed by rapper P. Diddy that united and catapulted them to success at the first place.

It was reported sometime ago that the second album from the band would be named ‘The Fox’ and will be released in March 2008. No confirmation from the girls’ camp yet regarding this.

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http://www.badboyforever.com/article/danity-kanes-second-album-completed-due-2008 Fri, 28 Dec 2007 11:31:59 GMT Sean John tag:www.badboyforever.com,2007-12-31:6e68019b2929c6d552a3a5de77f09d36/de7f3652fdde114712be9036ca2ddac6
Quitting the Band - LOS While it seems most MCs claim they were writing rhymes in the womb, Liberty Heights native LOS confesses that he “got into music late.” Until he was 18, LOS' primary passion was basketball. But the murder of his father, a basketball coach at a high school LOS had planned on transferring to, led the teenager to another school—and down another career path. “That's where I found music, because every day at lunch, dudes would be spittin', freestylin', battlin',” he says.

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While it seems most MCs claim they were writing rhymes in the womb, Liberty Heights native LOS confesses that he “got into music late.” Until he was 18, LOS' primary passion was basketball. But the murder of his father, a basketball coach at a high school LOS had planned on transferring to, led the teenager to another school—and down another career path. “That's where I found music, because every day at lunch, dudes would be spittin', freestylin', battlin',” he says.

Despite the late start, 25-year-old LOS (pronounced like the last syllable of “Carlos”) looks the part of a hip-hop devotee during a conversation at this writer's apartment with MTV Jams on in the background, headphones hanging around his neck with a pen and pad close at hand. When a video by one of his favorite MCs, Lupe Fiasco, comes on, he momentarily stops the interview to give it his full attention. Still, in his ripped jeans, do-rag, and gold fronts, he looks more like a regular kid you'd see on a Baltimore street corner than the latest MC signed to Bad Boy Records.

In 2000, about a year after he began rapping seriously, LOS recorded his first mixtape and began making the rounds in local rap battles, eventually making trips up to New York with his friend Kelly, who introduced the fledgling rapper to several labels, including Roc-A-Fella. The label's partnership of Jay-Z and Damon Dash was already disintegrating at that point, though, and fortunately LOS got a tip-off that saved him from trying to board a sinking ship. He signed on with local label Da Bloc Inc. in 2001. “It's Baltimore shit, it ain't New York, it ain't Roc-A-Fella,” LOS says. “I got my home base, so fuck all that. I'd rather build from here.”

Da Bloc's next signing was Skarr Akbar, one of the Baltimore underground's most respected MCs and someone LOS had looked up to. “I knew [LOS] before [he signed to Da Bloc], 'cause yo tried to battle me, and I shitted on him real bad,” Akbar recalls. When they linked up later as label mates, though, LOS had improved, and Akbar gave him the nickname “Pitbull,” for his vicious demeanor in battles. He even used LOS as his personal hit man to dispatch challengers. “When niggas used to try to battle me, I'd sic him on them, and he'd just chew 'em up,” Akbar says. Despite remaining friends and collaborators, Da Bloc splintered somewhat when Akbar left the label in 2005, all while LOS was making some major moves of his own.

In 2002, when hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs took control of the Making the Band reality show franchise for MTV and held open auditions for a new rap supergroup, LOS saw an opportunity to test his own skills. “I was like, ‘I'm just gonna go and do it just for the hell of it, just to see if I can make it all the way to the end,'” he says. When he did make the final cut to become one of the six members of the group, LOS opted out. And because he didn't sign any of MTV's release forms, a bare minimum of his footage ended up in the show's first season.

Although Da Band, as Diddy later christened the group, released one moderately successful album, LOS' decision has proven to be a wise one. Bad Boy disbanded the group at the end of Making the Band 2's third season, and in October 2005 LOS got another chance to audition in front of Diddy, this time as a solo artist. “He was actually gettin' his nails done,” LOS says. “He'll look another way to see if you can demand his attention, and that's how he determines who's a star, who's not.”

At first, the distracted CEO didn't even recognize LOS, until the rapper ripped through a performance of “10 Minute Million Dollar Massacre Freestyle,” a marathon mixtape track in which he rhymes relentlessly over nearly two dozen different beats. “At the end of that, he said, ‘Don't I know you?'”

Once Diddy realized that he was facing the same kid who walked out on Making the Band years earlier, LOS recalls that the exec told him, “‘I was gettin' ready to base my whole show around you. And you left.'” In 2006, LOS signed on with Bad Boy as a solo artist, just as the long-running label was experiencing a string of pop hits. Meanwhile, the label's legacy of hard-core East Coast lyricism, as established by Bad Boy's first and still most famous artist, the late Notorious B.I.G., is in a state of disrepair that LOS is positioned to restore. When Diddy recently previewed Bad Boy's 2007 releases for the press at Sony Studios though, LOS received nary a mention, indicating that it may be a while before his moment in the limelight. In the meantime, Da Bloc has begun gearing up promotions for its franchise artist, including an extravagant homecoming event for LOS at Rams Head Live that was held June 2, where he performed with Bad Boy label mate Cheri Dennis.

One of the rockier episodes on LOS' path to Bad Boy, a 2004 dispute with local street DVD company One Love Films, prompts the rapper to shrug, “If someone ain't hatin' on you, you ain't doin' somethin' right.” After a minor disagreement, director Skinny Suge lashed out at LOS by ridiculing him on the infamous Stop Fuckin' Snitchin' DVD. Unfortunately for LOS, that low-budget documentary led to national headlines, broadcasting Suge's unflattering portrayal much farther than anyone expected. LOS recorded a dis in response to Suge, but ended up getting arrested on the way to a club where he planned to perform the song. He now regards that incident as a blessing in disguise, giving him a chance to squash the beef before it escalated. Although some of the negative talk from Snitchin' still lingers, the MC points out, “Now everybody wants to know, ‘Who is this LOS this guy is talkin' about?'”

Answering that question remains the biggest challenge facing LOS' career. Without a radio single or even a solo mixtape in underground circulation, he's still a relative unknown in Baltimore, even when compared to an unsigned artist like his friend Skarr Akbar. Instead, LOS has been quietly busy in the studio, building up a huge backlog of material for his Bad Boy debut, Young, Fly, and Hungry. “Skarr can't afford to just lock himself away and work and build up a project,” LOS says. “He has to be out, because he already has a tremendous following.”

Meanwhile, LOS can lay low and prepare to represent his hometown in a way he feels only he can. “This is home, Baltimore City, 20 million times harder than The Wire—make sure you put that in there,” he says, before detouring into a discussion of the dearth of cast members on the HBO show who truly dress and talk like someone from the 'hoods of Baltimore.

In Baltimore, radio play has traditionally been seen as the only steppingstone to a record deal, but LOS takes pride in having taken a different path. “I can always say at the end of the day, I didn't follow the trend,” he says. “I didn't go and do the things that people thought you had to do to break into Baltimore music. I didn't go get a beat that sounded like whatever, to get on 92Q to play because of whoever.” And when he smiles, clearly relishing the shock his peers must have felt when he seemed to land a deal out of nowhere, LOS thinks back to his first love: “I went straight from high school to the NBA.”

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http://www.badboyforever.com/article/quitting-the-band-los Tue, 25 Dec 2007 14:22:06 GMT Sean John tag:www.badboyforever.com,2007-12-25:6e68019b2929c6d552a3a5de77f09d36/e3e7b62c4f95eeaa5066fd493b1d1124
Interview with Cheri Dennis by World Wide Connected WorldWideConnected had an interview with Cheri Dennis:

WorldWideConnected.com: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I’m Cheri Dennis. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. I’m signed to Bad Boy/Atlantic Records and I sing soul music. Hiphop soul music. Some may know me from the record “So Complete”, some may know me from “I love you” and most recently from “Parts of love”.

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WorldWideConnected had an interview with Cheri Dennis:

WorldWideConnected.com: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I’m Cheri Dennis. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. I’m signed to Bad Boy/Atlantic Records and I sing soul music. Hiphop soul music. Some may know me from the record “So Complete”, some may know me from “I love you” and most recently from “Parts of love”.

WorldWideConnected.com: I noticed you've got a tattoo on your chest, a devil with angel wings. Is there a story behind that?

You're very observant. Well, my company is called Innocent [unable to tell because of phone disturbance], and I have always been a little bit sweet and a little bit sour. So I guess that that's where that comes from. I can be a little devilish, but I can also be sweet and innocent. I'm like the yin and the yang.

WorldWideConnected.com: Is that your company logo as well?

Oh you know what? I don't have a company logo yet, but you just gave me the company logo! Thank you!

For full interview visit WorldWideConnected.com

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http://www.badboyforever.com/article/interview-with-cheri-dennis-by-world-wide-connected Tue, 25 Dec 2007 14:12:19 GMT Sean John tag:www.badboyforever.com,2007-12-25:6e68019b2929c6d552a3a5de77f09d36/0b0bc2fba74a9b49d2862067db6a3460
Yung Joc arrested with gun in airport Grammy nominated rapper Yung Joc was arrested in Cleveland, Ohio this morning, after he allegedly attempted to pass through an airport security check point with a fully loaded handgun.

According to police, Yung Joc attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, when police found the fully loaded firearm.

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Grammy nominated rapper Yung Joc was arrested in Cleveland, Ohio this morning, after he allegedly attempted to pass through an airport security check point with a fully loaded handgun.

According to police, Yung Joc attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, when police found the fully loaded firearm.

The Atlanta-bred rapper, born Jasiel Robinson, is currently facing local firearms charges, although he may face charges under the Air Piracy Act.

Yung Joc is currently in the Cuyahoga County Jail. Information on his bail was unavailable as of press time.

The arrest comes on the heels of a banner year for Yung Joc, according to recently released data released by The Nielsen Company.

The rapper is featured on T-Pain's hit single “Buy You A Drank,” which was the top selling master tone of 2007, as well as the most played single of the year, tallying almost 400,000 spins.

Yung Joc also released his second album Hustlenomic$ this year, which produced the hit single “Coffee Shop.”

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http://www.badboyforever.com/article/yung-joc-arrested-with-gun-in-airport Mon, 24 Dec 2007 14:13:09 GMT Sean John tag:www.badboyforever.com,2007-12-25:6e68019b2929c6d552a3a5de77f09d36/4447b0649afb0a06a4715d7e0e0fcd3d
Cheri Dennis: At Last Cheri Dennis is signed to one of today's most iconic record labels. As a Bad Boy Records recruit since 2001, she has worked with Sean “Diddy” Combs' impressive roster, including Ma$e, Danity Kane, Faith Evans and Yung Joc. With a resume that solid, fans suspected an album was quickly coming.

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Cheri Dennis is signed to one of today's most iconic record labels. As a Bad Boy Records recruit since 2001, she has worked with Sean “Diddy” Combs' impressive roster, including Ma$e, Danity Kane, Faith Evans and Yung Joc. With a resume that solid, fans suspected an album was quickly coming.

As her powerful voice and lyrics blessed the Bad Boy team, her own solo album suffered from label politics. Six years later, Dennis is ready to present her body of work, but not in the conventional way that most R&B acts release a new album. The Cleveland native, who demanded Diddy's attention by grabbing the mic at an industry party, is no stranger to taking risks. That's why debuting her new album, In And Out Of Love, on iTunes three months before it hits stores was a risk she was willing to take.

Whether Cheri Dennis can be one of the first R&B singers to pull off a digital coup of the music industry is yet to be seen. Below she chats about industry politics, being unique and trying to impress her often-stern boss, Diddy.

For full article, visit AllHiphop.com

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http://www.badboyforever.com/article/cheri-dennis-at-last Wed, 12 Dec 2007 12:09:09 GMT Sean John tag:www.badboyforever.com,2007-12-12:6e68019b2929c6d552a3a5de77f09d36/ec854d3e20ed6a78fef14f014414b847
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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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.

Super producers Sean and LV know how to buckle down. This work ethic and focus has allowed these two to break barriers and draw top music executives into their world. Sean and LV are sick enough behind the boards that Puffy got at them for their beats and is even considering them to be his new “Hitmen.” They also maintain separate careers outside of production (Sean C. is an A&R for Universal and LV is Fat Joe's DJ) proving to all that yes, it can be done.

Taking a short break from the music to talk to AllHipHop.com, Sean and LV exude confidence in their material and their musical direction. They elaborate on the obvious Jay-Z questions and shed light on Puffy’s involvement with their production. Most importantly, they discuss the dedication to their craft and let the world know that at the end of the day, “It's just music baby. ”

For more visit allhiphop.com

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http://www.badboyforever.com/article/sean-c-and-lv-production-gangsters-working-with-jay-z-and-puffy Tue, 27 Nov 2007 19:27:23 GMT Sean John tag:www.badboyforever.com,2007-12-01:6e68019b2929c6d552a3a5de77f09d36/ed707bc6435df57455d83e520a3d85e0