Sean 'Diddy' Combs

This week Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs expressed a sudden love and adoration for the UK music scene (Grime music) and let the entire world know via Twitter

As well as announcing that he will be working with UK rapper Skepta on the remix to Hello Good Morning, he has now also invited on board Tinchy Stryder and Tinie Tempa.

Tinchy Stryder

Tine Tempah

Diddy sat down with journalist Hattie Collins and discussed the up and coming collaborations.

Via Hattie Collins Blog

“I think Tinie is doing something for us but not on the grime mix. He’s on one of the UK remixes of Hello Good Morning with Tinchy Stryder. That’s exclusive right there. I want Skepta to do a straight, dirty, authentic grime remix where I redo the vocals, the beats and everything. So I hit up everyone on Twitter and Skepta hit me right back. He was buggin’. He said his twitter blew up, caught on fire and nearly crashed the server… And we just, I guess it’s just exciting. I’m actually rooting for the UK. I love the UK, I love the artists, the vibe, the style, the swag. I always wanted to do more with the UK cos I think we have an affiliation with each other. If I could be one of the people musically to help expose some of the talent through this album especially, because this album has a very UK vibe. The last train to Paris is through London so….

So I think that’s happening organically. It’s not pre-meditated. I didn’t like go and give it to some A&Rs and say ‘go get me Skepta.’ This was designed by God and by the people. I put it on Twitter, people hit me back, I got at Skepta, we had a vibe on the phone. I said ‘I don’t know what’s gonna happen with it, but we’re gonna try and make it happen.’ It’s serious though, it’s definately something we’re going to be getting into in the next couple of days. If it comes out right, we’re gonna be shooting a video for it and the whole nine.

“This was designed by God and by the people” – Oh Diddy don’t bring God in to this! Just cut the clap trap! A miracle hasn’t just happened.

But congratulations Tinchy, Tinie and Skepta.

Now go forth and proceed with caution.


Fellow blogger Vex In The City just said something that’s got me thinking. I wonder if Skepta’s really happy with this arrangement.

Earlier this week the Twitter hype went in to overdrive when word got out that Skepta would be featured on the remix. Now Tinie and Tinchy who have both enjoyed phenomenal success here  (by UK “Urban” scene standards)  have been brought on board, and I have this feeling that their remix will perhaps recieve more of a promotional/marketing push and airplay because of their current mainstream appeal.

So where will that leave Skepta’s remix?

Diddy is a shrewd and unscrupulous business man. People here need to understand that! He has been taught by the best.

I just hope Skepta manages to get something positive out of the experience, and isn’t wasting his time and energy contributing to a project that may never see the light of day and banished to the Bad Boy vault.

I want Skepta to do a straight, dirty, authentic grime remix where I redo the vocals, the beats and everything.

I’m not an expert when it comes to these things. What does this mean? Will it still sound like a Grime track after he’s finished working “his magic”? Will we even hear Skepta’s vocals?

Hmmmmmm…… I will be keeping a close eye on how this all develops.

8 replies »

  1. “This was designed by God and by the people”… KMT!, he’s so full of his own gas!

    I wish the UK artists well, but boi, when you swim with sharks and play with snakes you can only expect to get bitten.

  2. So, this is a one-off remix job for Skepta? If so all good. He should get his market rate for the job, plus lots of publicity and hopefully more work out of it. Skepta should turn the pimper into the pimpee and work Diddy’s name like a ho to open industry doors in the US.

  3. Yes it is. His market rate .. here’s hoping.

    Diddy’s words “I don’t know what’s going to happen with it”.

    I have a feeling though that Tinie and Tinchy might get more out of it.

  4. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with it” – does sound kind of non-committal!

    You’re probably right about Tinie and Tinchy. Skepta’s version might end up a word-of-mouth free download!

    But hey, this is just an opportunity (of sorts) for Skepta – how he rolls with it is up to him – and it seems like he’s already completed a rough draft of the remix too.

  5. I wish him the best of luck.

    Artists here just need to remember that when the American’s come knocking don’t get taken in by the gloss and wealth. Always have your business heads on first.

    You can still get shafted over one remix single….

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