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The Cody Blog: Confessional: P Diddy Isn't the Anti-Christ

Monday, February 28, 2005

Confessional: P Diddy Isn't the Anti-Christ

Looking back, I suppose it was the unbelievably cheesy tribute to Biggie that killed any chance for Sean Combs in my book. I mean, nothing wrong with a good tribute and there's nothing wrong with sampling a great song to rap to. But those lyrics and that production of "I'll Be Missing You" -- so cheesy they made MC Hammer's "Too Legit to Quit" seem cool. Just look at these lyrics --

Verse One: Puff Daddy
(Yeah... this right here... goes out to everyone who has lost someone they truly love)

Seems like yesterday we used to rock the show
I laced the track, you locked the flow
So far from hangin on the block for dough
Notorious, they got to know that
Life ain't always what it seem to be (uh-uh)
Words can't express what you mean to me
Even though you're gone, we still a team
Through your family, I'll fulfill your dream (that's right)
In the future, can't wait to see
If you open up the gates for me
Reminisce some time, the night they took my friend (uh-huh)
Try to black it out, but it plays again
When it's real, feelings hard to conceal
Can't imagine all the pain I feel
Give anything to hear half your breath (half your breath)
I know you still living your life, after death

Chorus: Faith Evans
Every step I take, every move I make
Every single day, every time I pray
I'll be missing you
Thinkin of the days, when you went away
What a life to take, what a bond to break
I'll be missing you

Verse Two: Puff Daddy
[Puff] I miss you Big
It's kinda hard with you not around (yeah)
Know you in heaven smilin down (eheh)
blah, blah,

Faith Evans:
Somebody tell me why, One Black Morning
When this life is over, I know I'll see your face

112 Outro:
Every night I pray, every step I take
Every move I make, every single day
Every night I pray, every step I take
[Puff] Every day that passes
Every move I make, every single day
[Puff] Is a day that I get closer
[Puff] To seeing you again
Every night I pray, every step I take
[Puff] We miss you, Big... and we won't stop

etc etc

Can it get cheesier? Even the intro is a transparent pandering to the public's feelings for Biggie. Gimme a break.

Oh, and then Puffy's "Come with Me" destruction of Led Zep's "Kashmir". Again, conceptually a sampling of "Kashmir" could rock. But Puff was all puff and no substance and over-the-top and, yes, transparent.

So I've long hated Puffy and his whole schtick. And then came last Thursday night. As with my foray into becoming an American Idol fan, exhausted and braindead from a long day/week of work, I ended up watching a marathon of Making the Band II, as reality show of P Diddy taking some rough rappers and turning them into a hip hop band.

And goddammit if he wasn't the real deal. He broke these kids down and then rebuilt them. He had a strategy for it from the start. They show up expecting to be entitled now that they'd been selected to to be in the band. P Diddy puts 'em in a Best Western -- in one room for the six of 'em. They're so pissed. Then he makes do all kinds of seemingly pointless tasks -- like walking to Brooklyn to get him some cheesecake at 4am or reading Russell Simmons' biography outloud on the street.

They were so pissed, but they learned several important lessons --

1. Getting a break just means that the work really starts. It's what you do with your break that makes the great ones great.

2. Appreciate the opportunities in front of us.

3. Respect your elders and those supporting you.

Frankly, P Diddy's strategy for handling these kids reminded me of how Andrew Lanyi, my first boss on Wall Street, handled me. P made these kids professionals despite themselves.

And now I have to confess that I admire the man. Hate that.


Blogger The Unknown Broker said...

The worst part about the "I'll Be Missing You (Watching You" song -- aside from the aforementioned lame-o lyrics was that Puff-Diddy-P-Daddy-Sean-John did when it was performed live.

Not since the immortal "Carlton Dance" of "Fresh Prince" fame has any dance move done more to destroy street cred.

On the "street cred down the toilet" front -- P-Diddy at the Oscars the other night: As a presenter he referred to the "hip" movie "Polar Express." Oh yeah, thug-tastic flick there.

In seriousness though I do agree with you on having gotten a different impression of P.D. from the MTV show "Making the Band." All debate regarding street legitimacy aside, he showed himself to be a very hard-working, serious guy and one with very good business skills and savvy. You can't fault his success and his smarts.

Even if he does dance like some guy named Skippy from the 'burbs.

3/02/2005 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger The Unknown Broker said...

Correction: First paragraph of previous post should say "aside from the aforementioned lame-o lyrics was the dance that Puff-Diddy..."

3/02/2005 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous joeblue3 said...

I think anybody who doubts Puff is making a big mistake.

The guy comes from NOTHING and he has an empire that touches music, production, fashion, and restaurants.

I don't think the size of his organization can be discounted to anything but hard work, talent and marketing acumen.

Having said the above, his Biggie tribute was rough, but how about Sting showing up for the live performance?? Weak.

Love Puff with Mase and Biggie in "I'm Coming Out". Great song.

3/18/2005 08:05:00 AM  

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