As Diddy searches for the next generation of hot musicians and singers in his new TV show “Making His Band,” we shout out the mogul’s long list of protégés.
Diddy puts the squeeze on The Queen of Hip-hop Soul, who was first brought to him by Al B. Sure at Uptown Records, after the Mt. Vernon, New York, singer met her on the No. 7 bus in the Bronx headed to Yonkers.
Jodeci was one of the first acts to be blessed by Diddy’s Midas Touch. As an A&R intern at Uptown Records, a young Puff Daddy helped craft Jodeci’s sound and image, making them one of the top-selling debut R&B groups of the nineties.
The late Brooklyn-bred rapper Christopher “Big” Wallace met Diddy through a mutual friend and was the first lyricist signed to his Bad Boy label. In 2009, his biopic, “Notorious,” which chronicled the life of the slain MC, enjoyed a successful opening at the box office.
During the height of Bad Boy’s reign, Mason “Ma$e” Betha served as Puffy’s right-hand man, doling out slick, witty lines over glossy tracks. “Bad, bad, bad, bad boy, you make me feel so goooood.”
The ex-wife and mother of the late B.I.G.’s only son (who also costarred in “Notorious” as a young Christopher Wallace) served as a vocal coach and writer for Bad Boy before releasing her debut.
We were all there when Diddy created Danity Kane, which we saw on his hit reality show Making the Band. Despite the group’s success — a few hits and the first female group in Billboard history to debut two albums at the top of the charts — tension in the group eventually tore them apart. After Diddy kicked Aubrey O’Day and D. Woods out of the group, things fizzled and the group fell apart.