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Roots & Influences - The World of Diddy

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The Sugarhill Gang  Rapper's Delight   buy on itunes
Michael Jackson  Workin' Day and Night   buy on itunes
The O'Jays  For the Love of Money   buy on itunes
MC Hammer  U Can'T Touch This   buy on itunes
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince  Summertime   buy on itunes
Kraftwerk  Tour de France   buy on itunes
Cybotron  Clear   buy on itunes
Prince & The Revolution  Baby I'm a Star   buy on itunes
McFadden & Whitehead  Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now   buy on itunes
Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five  White Lines (Long Version)   buy on itunes
Jazzy Jay & Russell Rush  Cold Chillin' in the Spot   buy on itunes
Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby  Hikky Burr   buy on itunes
Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s  Doing It to Death   buy on itunes
Heavy D & The Boyz  We Got Our Own Thang   buy on itunes
DeBarge  I Like It   buy on itunes


We can't blame you for wondering how Sean John Combs became one simple word — [i]Diddy[/i]. That's why we've done our best to break down the makings of the man and his music, starting with his favorite Michael Jackson song: "Workin' Day and Night," a disco inferno that's been Diddy's unofficial theme song since he rose up the ranks of Uptown Records. Speaking of records that reveal Diddy's roots as a beat conductor and businessman, "Cold Chillin' in the Spot" pairs the boom-bap breaks of Jazzy Jay with the chest-puffin' vocals of Def Jam cofounder Russell Simmons. As for Diddy's tendency to treat samples like taffy, MC Hammer used the same technique to sell more than 500,000 copies of "U Can't Touch This," an absolute [i]smash[/i] that won two GRAMMY® Awards and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop chart on the back of Rick James' decade-old "Super Freak" beat. And that's just the start of what Diddy's bumped on his own personal stereo. He's also absorbed everything from the break-dance-ready electro blueprints of Kraftwerk and Cybotron, to the old-school rap of Grandmaster Flash and the Sugarhill Gang.
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