Radio personality Charlamagne the God is known for ridiculing, and many times justifyably so, the moves of many artists in Hip-Hop. Over 20 years deep in the game, Diddy knows how to handle criticism. But even he thought Charlamagne stepped over the line regarding his vitriolic comments yesterday about Combs’s new Dirty Money album Last Train to Paris. What really drew Diddy’s ire were comments about Cassie, where Charlamagne claimed she had no talent, and earned her Bad Boy spot through the bedroom. About 10 years ago, this may have turned into another Steve Stoute situation. This time, both men resolved their differences behind closed doors, and gave a public display of reconciliation on air.
Some people are already saying that Charlemagne was forced to back down in fear of Diddy blackballing him. I think it was simply the fact it’s impossible to continue tearing someone down when they approach you respectfully for a face to face. At that point, the anonymous celebrity becomes a flesh and blood human being with feelings, and not just some remote figure. Artists read blogs and magazines. And no matter how long they’ve been in the game, their feelings can still be hurt from crass comments (even Jay-Z referenced the camel jokes about him on Blueprint 3).
All in all, a happy “love fest” ending, as Diddy pointed out. I’m interested to see if Charlamagne lays back on future personal attacks on other artists.
CHARLAMAGNE ON LAST TRAIN TO PARIS
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DIDDY AND CHARLAMAGNE SPEAK