Diddy Just Dropped a Surprise Free Album, 'MMM'

The hip-hop mogul of many nicknames—Puff Daddy, Diddy and Sean Combs—has released a surprise free mixtape MMM (Money Making Mitch) to celebrate his 46th birthday.

Returning to the rapper’s Harlem roots, this project spawned after Diddy watched the 2002 drug dealer drama Paid In Full, produced by Jay-Z’s former online casino Roc-a-Fella Records manager Dame Dash. Using this as a creative catalyst, Diddy created a 13-track “sonic motion picture,” pulling together a fierce crew of features including Lil Kim, French Montana and Pusha T to tell a story that sounds like classic New York.

In keeping with this nostalgic sensibility, the album artwork features a 1999 photo, taken by Annie Leibovitz, of Diddy and Kate Moss both surrounded by paparazzi in luxe fur coats—goals. Stream MMM, below, and warmly welcome the return of Puffy:


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From Her Dress to HER After-Party, Rihanna Won the Met Ball

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty 

As though that yellow Guo Pei dress (a near unanimous, if equally-as-meme’d favorite) wasn’t enough to make it clear that Rihanna was the belle of last night’s ball, once the scene migrated from the Met, many headed to RiRi’s very own after party. A-List guests went downtown to Up & Down where RiRi further secured her title as winner of the night. (Not including Anna Wintour). 

The party was presented by D’USSE and Armand de Brignac. Guests included Chloë Sevigny, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Elizabeth Banks, Diddy, Miley, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Elizabeth Banks, Keri Russell, Jessica Alba, Usher, Janelle Monae, Jeremy Scott, Hailee Steinfeld, Madonna, Kendall Jenner, and Justin Bieber.

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEChloë Sevigny. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEGabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEMiley & Diddy. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEJessica Alba. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEVanessa Hudgens & Selena Gomez. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEUsher. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEJeremy Scott and Janelle Monae. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSE#Posse. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSESolange Knowles & Alan Ferguson. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEMadonna. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEChrissy Teigen & John Legend. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEKeri Russell & Elizabeth Banks. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEHailee Steinfeld. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty


Linkage: Darren Aronofsky Eyes Another, Hip Hop’s 5 Wealthiest

His Biblical epic Noah and a Judy Garland biopic still in the chamber, Darren Aronofsky has begun whispering about yet another project: a dark George Washington tale called The General. Why not? [Variety]

Diddy ($550 million), Jay ($460 million), Dre ($270 million), Birdman ($125 million) and 50 Cent ($100 million) — with special shout outs to their vodkas, tee shirts, headphones, energy drinks, and Nicki Minaj‘s — make for the wealthiest acts in hip hop. [Forbes]

It might not pay the same (see above), but when it comes to the lewd, hip hop’s bad bitches can certainly play with the boys. [Vice]

From Zora Neale Hurston to Patti Smith, plenty of women writers have found success in New York, but that’s not to say it was easy. The Awl considers rent, beverage, and the price of life’s incidents to tabulate exactly what it cost eight such ladies to make it in New York. [The Awl]

There are two different Portlands (Maine and Oregon) and one U.S. territory (San Juan, Puerto Rico) on Travel + Leisure‘s “Best Cities for Hipsters” list, but no mention of New York. Brooklyn, are you going to take that? [Yahoo]

Maybe it’s not so hard to write a best seller. A good book, though, there’s a challenge. [NPR]

That mahogany lined G5 jet was probably a lie, but Soulja Boy’s closet full of weed isn’t. [TMZ]

Afternoon Links: Brad & Angelina Get Engaged, Diddy’s Got A Squatter Problem

● Brad and Angelina are getting married! Or so says one Beverly Hills jeweler, who claims to have helped Brad design the engagment ring Angelina’s been wearing. Kids win again! [THR]

● Pop politico M.I.A. has, quite appropriately, composed the theme music for Julian Assange’s new talk show, The World Tomorrow, which premiers next week on RT. [D+T]

● Hold the plane! Woody Allen plans to film To Rome With Love "mostly" in San Fransisco and a "tiny bit" in New York, but not at all Copenhagen, as was previously reported. [Variety]

● Diddy has a squatter problem at his East Hampton mansion, where an uninvited guest spent nearly 24-hours eating Diddy’s food and wearing Diddy’s clothes before being found out by the housekeeper. “I’ve actually been going to the house from time to time since 2001,” the intruder explains. “I got a good night’s sleep, but it’s not anything too special." [NYP]

● Rihanna and Katy Perry attribute their quick friendship to Rihanna’s "cool studded Valentino bag that had sparkly stuff on it." As the story goes, the bag caught Perry’s eye and so Rihanna sent her one for Valentine’s Day, and that was that! [PageSix]

● With one bad joke, Nick Lachey has dashed all hopes of a 98 Degrees reunion tour. "The only tour I’ll be doing this summer is at baby’s r ‘us," wrote the expectant father on Twitter. There’s always next summer. [Vulture]

Morning Links: ‘Bully’ Will Be Released Unrated, Bobby Brown Arrested for DUI

After weeks of impasse, the Weinstein company has decided to release Bully unrated, leaving it up to individual theaters to decide who can and who can’t bear the bad words. [Vulture]

● At Diddy’s house, the shoes come off. “There is a no-shoe rule,” explained an attendee of his Miami Ultra after-party. Instead, “Everyone gets slippers as they enter.” [Page Six]

● Jane Fonda has been recruited to play Nancy Reagan in Precious director Lee Daniels’ The Butler. [Variety]

● Madonna’s 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes, was caught having a smoke with her friends over the weekend. [NYDN]

● Bobby Brown was pulled over driving while talking on a cell phone, and then, when the police found him drunk, he was arrested for driving under the influence. [TMZ]

Morning Links: Chris Brown and Rihanna Reunite On Two Remixes, Tyra Banks Graduates Harvard

● Let’s ease into this, shall we? Here are pictures of Chris Brown being attacked by seagulls on Miami Beach. [ONTD]

● And you might say he brought it upon himself, because he doesn’t miss a beat on his "Birthday Cake" remix, which he begins: "Girl, I want to fuck you right now / Been a long time, I’ve been missing your body." Rihanna returned the favor with a "Turn Up The Music" remix of her own. If this is the way she wants it…  [RapRadar]

● David Cross admits in an interview with Playboy that he did coke at a White House event, with President Obama just feet away. But it wasn’t "that much cocaine," he says. "It wasn’t like I got high … It wasn’t about that. It was just about being able to say that I did it, that I did cocaine in the same room as the President." [NYDN]

● Cormac McCarthy volunteered to edit Lawrence M. Krauss’s Quantum Man, but not before he made the author "promise he could excise all exclamation points and semicolons, both of which he said have no place in literature.” [ArtsBeat]

● Tyra Banks is on track to graduate from Harvard Business School, where she learned that there is a "difference between a career and a business." "I’m not looking to build a company based on fans," she explained. [E!]

● Today Diddy will unveil his MTV- and BET-challenging music-oriented cable channel, Revolt. [NYT]

Afternoon Links: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Skip Grammys for Pizza, Nicki Minaj Offends Catholic League

● Beyoncé and Jay-Z skipped last night’s Grammy ceremony, opting for a low-key night out at their favorite Brooklyn pizza place. And we really can’t say we blame them — Lucali is delicous. [Us]

● Services for Whitney Houston are expected to take place later this week in Newark, New Jersey, where she first got her start. [People]

● Diddy was hospitalized this morning for an "extreme migraine" he developed while partying at the Playboy Mansion last night. Sometimes, you know, the way the light hits the grotto can do that to you. [TMZ]

● The Catholic League is of course not having it with last night’s Nicki Minaj performance-cum-exorcism. [RapFix]

● Martha Stewart’s chow-chow, Ghenghis Khan, won Best in Breed at the Westminster Dog Show this morning. It’s good to know that, if things with her own career keep as they are going, she at least has a solid back-up. [DailyIntel]

● "Normal" Russian television programing is about as weird and Putin-championing as you might imagine. [NYT]

Morning Links: Tracy Morgan Returns Home, Paula Deen’s Publicist Has Had Enough

● Tracy Morgan left the hospital and Utah yesterday, oxygen tank in tow. "Superman ran into a little Kryptonite today," he told TMZ, explaining that exhaustion and the altitude at Sundance had made him sick. [TMZ]

● Six long years of butter-dipped and bacon-wrapped antics later, Paula Deen’s publicist, Nancy Assuncao, has had enough. “Although we had a great deal of fun along the way, I could not agree with the new business strategy going forward." she said, hinting that Deen’s "dramatic turnabout" was just too much. [Page Six]

● Cynthia Nixon says that, for her, being gay "is a choice." "I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me," she explained. "Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate?" [Huff Post]

● Ben Stiller and Jonathan Safran Foer are teaming up for a “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent” Jewish family comedy at HBO. [THR]

● Diddy is working with a former MTV exec to launch an "urban skewed" music and music news television channel called Revolt. [Rap-Up]

● Epic Records big guy L.A. Reid confirmed yesterday on Twitter that, at long last, there is new Fiona Apple music on the way "in the next few weeks." [Pitchfork]

● A handful of Starbucks in Atlanta and Southern California will expand to sell beer and wine by year end. We also wouldn’t say no to bloody marys on the menu, if anyone was wondering. [Reuters]

Morning Links: Russell Simmons Forges On in His Battle With Lowes; Diddy & Cameron Diaz an Item?

● Russell Simmons has thrown money into his fight with Lowe’s, who pulled ads from TLC’s new series All-American Muslim citing  "concerned" and "alienated" viewers, by buying out the show’s remaining ad time next week. "The show is now sold out! keep your money @lowes and we will keep ours," he tweeted. [Huff Post]

Star Trek actor George Takei is asking Trek and Star Wars fans to find "star peace," align together against the true evil (or, as he makes it sound, truly boring), Twilight. [NME]

● Jessica Simpson’s baby sent "big crocodile tears" streaming down her face when it "did a flip or something." [People]

● Britney Spears keeps up with Britney Spears news much like we all do by reading OK! Magazine at the airport! [TMZ]

● Their reps claim they are "just friends," but Diddy and Cameron Diaz were caught kissing and "being very affectionate" in the club the other night. Is love a-blooming? [Page Six]

● Gucci Mane is out of jail again, and he’s feeling great. “It was a time for me to sit back and just refocus the whole way I do things, man,” he told XXL, adding that, "This is the last time I think I’ll ever be in jail." [XXL]