Let’s get down to the nitty grit-tay. I refuse to bitch about the current state of hip-hop, where truly gifted artists are lost beneath the steaming mounds of crap. Okay, well I guess I just did. Even more troubling is how quickly a few nobodies can be transformed into hip-hop stars with just a little bling-bling courtesy of Jacob the Jeweler, a few heart-to-hearts with P. Diddy and a whole lot of pre-paid national exposure. Taking a cue from the cookie-cutter selection process of American Idol and MTV’s Making the Band (which brought us the incomparable O-Town), Diddy’s Making the Band 2 plucked six “lucky” winners with varying degrees of talent off the street for Bad Boy’s Da Band. Complete with countless “big-ups” to MTV, Bad Boy, “band” members who never made Da Band, and obligatory interludes, the resulting Too Hot For T.V. sounds a hell of a lot like your typical hip-hop album. There are a few catchy joints (“Why,” off the Bad Boys II soundtrack, the Wyclef Jean-produced “Do You Know,” and “My Life,” though I have no idea how “Cheers to Me Mr. Bentley” found its way into the mix), and the mish-mash of styles (including the smooth R&B of Sara and the reggae-rap of troublemaker Dylan) works occasionally, but it’s just simply not as much fun as watching how far Puff’s minions will go for cheesecake, er, fame.
- Release Date
- October 1, 2003
- Bad Boy
- Slant is reaching more readers than ever before, but advertising revenue across the Internet is falling fast, hitting independently owned and operated publications like ours the hardest. We’ve watched many of our fellow media sites fall by the way side in recent years, but we’re determined to stick around.
We’ve never asked our readers for financial support before, and we’re committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or subscription fees. If you like what we do, however, please consider becoming a Slant patron.
You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal: