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Empire Should Sue Diddy!
By Khalil Amani
When it comes to black aesthetics, we, who pay attention, know the remix motif. When I first heard Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” I knew a lawsuit was coming down the pipe. I turned to my wife and said, “Oh wow! They remade Marvin Gaye’s song, “Got To Give It Up?” (And this was waaay before any talk of Marvin Gaye’s song becoming news.) The song just rang so true of an era from times past. It was just too familiar to my ears. It was a remake—an ode to Marvin Gaye, perhaps? Months later, sure enough, the Gaye family claimed theft plagiarism and took Thicke to court and spanked that ass. Somebody should’ve warned Pharrell, Thicke & T.I. that old-heads would immediately hear Gaye in this cheap rip-off! “Got To Give It Up” is still playing in every ghetto-hole-in-the-wall all over America—every weekend!
How ironic that the dude who made his bones as the “Remix King”—Sean Combs a.k.a. Diddy a.k.a. Puffy Daddy a.k.a. P Diddy is crying foul over the biggest thing that’s hit TV since “Leave It To Beaver”—“EMPIRE?”
First, let me say, “Sitcho ass down somewhere Diddy!”
Diddy claims that Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and the rest of the writers of “Empire” stole his life-story and the result is the super-successful TV drama, “Empire.” Diddy says, “It’s basically my life, except the ALS stuff. All the homosexuality and everything, that’s pretty much been done too. They might as well have called it ‘Breaking Bad Boy.’ They basically are detailing everything I had to go through: the shootouts, working with Timbaland and divas going to prison. I mean all of it. I think they might owe me some royalties. You can’t just put out the Sean Combs Biography without paying me and I’m filing a million dollar lawsuit.”
Tha hell did he just say? “Empire” should sue Diddy for this bullshit! What outlandish claims! Mental gymnastics of the bizarre-ist kind! C’mon Diddy, you’re reaching for something that isn’t there!
Now I’m no scholar on American Jurisprudence (law), but even my simple-ass can deconstruct Diddy’s claims just by examining the characters, scenes and plots. So let’s do it!
I suppose Diddy sees himself as Empire’s “Lucious Lyon.” (Side-eye) This is laughable on its face! Lucious was a real gangster who made his bones in the mean streets. Diddy was a college dropout who interned his way into the game—playing brown-noser sycophant all the way up the musical ladder. Lucious was a real musician. Diddy is a remixer—a no-talent wannabe musician who managed to get face-time with one of the greatest rappers to ever do it—Biggie Smalls a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. (When you have no original musical ideas you resort to remixing product created by someone else.)
Diddy is about a “two” (2) on the Gangster Richter Scale, having only gone upside a record exec’s head (Steve Stoute) with a bottle; let another man (Shyne) rot in jail for bussin’ guns his fuckery and two-pieced a soft and prolly drunk Drake (circa 2015). Just because you had gangsters like Biggie, Shyne and Black Rob on your team does not make you a gangster—a gangster by association. Nah, son!
What about when Bad Boy was beefing with Death Row? You took ya man’s (Biggie) out to Cali and got his wig split! Diddy, the C.E.O.—the shot calla—the “Bad Boy!” Where was the payback? Where was the gangsterism of Lucious, Diddy? You had no answer other than to eulogize your friend in song and dance in, “I’ll Be Missing You.” In the words of 50 Cent, “You ain’t a gangsta! You’z a wanksta!” And yes, 50 Cent stays taking jabs at Diddy and I ain’t never heard a peep, a retort or a “fuck you” from Diddy to the “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” gangster!
Remember when Suge Knight dissed Diddy at the Source Awards, (Aug. 3, 1995 to be exact!) saying, “Any artist who wanna be an artist and wanna stay a star and not be worried about the executive producer [P Diddy] tryna be all in the videos, all on the records, come to Death Row!”
Where was Diddy’s gangsteristic comeback? Negro stood mute! Negro got ghost! Now I ask the question, “WWLLD?” (What would Lucious Lyon do?) Suge Knight, like Empire’s character “Bunkie,” sought to bring down the Bad Boy Empire and what did Diddy do? Nadda! What did Lucious do? Met Bunkie face to face and put a bullet through his skull—got right up on him—close and personal and peeled his cap—split his motherfucking wig like only a real gangster does! Diddy didn’t do any such-a thang to Suge or nobody! Diddy ain’t never caught a body! (Killed someone!) Instead, he enlisted the likes of Shyne to do his gangster work—and you want me to believe that you’re the real Lucious Lyon? Eff outta here!
How gangster was Diddy when Pac came at him with “Hit ’em Up”—the hardest diss ever recorded? Wasn’t any subliminals! Tupac went hard-body-Karate, rapping, “Fuck Bad Boy as a staff, record label and as motherfucking crew! We Bad Boy killas!” Lucious would’ve gone to war with Tupac! Diddy tucked his tail and put his head in the sand. No rebuttal diss record from the Bad Boy camp.
Most recently J Prince got at Diddy for snuffing Drake. Again, no rebuttal.
Now let’s talk about the homo stuff. While it is true that rumors have long circulated over the years that Diddy occasionally liked a firm cock phallus up his rectum (allegedly), shit has never been confirmed, nor verified. Is this what Diddy means when he says, “All the homosexuality and everything that’s pretty much been done too?” Is Diddy outing himself? But again, it is Lucious’s son “Jamal” that is gay, not Lucious himself. So who’s gay in Diddy’s family? I know no one, save (accept) the rumors of Diddy himself taking the Baloney Pony on da D/L. Lucious detests, abhors and hates the fact that he sired a gay son—but, as we see, he still loves his son, as he wrestles with the idea of a homosexual son. Again, Diddy, tell us how does Empire’s homosexuality involve you? Inquiring minds would love to know!
I supposed Diddy’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Cassie and baby-maker mother Kim Porter are his versions of Empire’s “Cookie” & “Anika”—another far-fetched stretch of the Diddy imagination! Kim Porter did not build Bad Boy Records (with or without drug money!) or go to jail for Diddy. Moreover, of all of Diddy’s chirr’en, none of them are musically talented—thus far. Lucious married a woman who went to prison for 17 years, whilst Diddy has never been married and his ex-girlfriend (Kim Porter), who gave him posterity, has been sitting around the condo for 17-years waiting on Diddy to marry her. (but Cassie ain’t havin’ it though!)
Yes! Diddy throws “White Parties,” but who doesn’t? He did not invent white parties! White parties have been around since the 1800’s with the Ku Klux Klan being the originators of such "said" parties!
Master P is closer to the character of Lucious Lyon than Diddy! Luke (Skyywalker) is closer to the character of Lucious Lyon than Diddy! Jay Z is closer to the character of Lucious Lyon than Diddy! 50 Cent is closer to the character of Lucious Lyon than Diddy! Sean, you’re no “Lyon,” “Lion”—you’re just “lyin’!”
Perhaps Diddy should come out of the Fantasy Land of Lucious Lyon and stop lyon lyin’ to himself! Like Dr. Boyce Watkins (who claims he’ll never watch the show, but prolly finds it convenient to go next door and borrow a cup of sugar every Wednesday night from the neighbors just to get a glimpse of “EMPIRE” and still keep his Negritude intact)—Diddy is so far from Lucious Lyon and “Empire.” Fame, money, bad bitches and ingrate children are part & parcel of hip-hop’s elite.
Diddy to sue Empire? Nah son! Empire should sue Diddy for falsification of gangsterism. The creators of Empire should take this editorial to court and throw it in the judge's face and watch him say, "Case dismissed! Get outta my courtroom Mr. Puff Daddy! Remix that!" What say you?
Khalil Amani writes for Allhiphop.com, DJ Kay Slay’s Originators & Straight Stuntin Magazines. He’s been featured in L.A. Times, Spin Magazine, DaveyD.com, The Biography Channel. Author of six books, including the groundbreaking “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” (iuniverse.com ’07). Follow on IG @khalil_amani, Facebook, Twitter @khalilamani.