Though a jury has already acquitted him, Sean "Puffy" Combs is still making the case for his innocence this time in a music video that recently popped up on BET.
Seemingly prophesizing the outcome of the Club New York shootings case, a dancing Puffy yells "not guilty" in the middle of "Let's Get It," the video for the first single by G-Dep. Puffy was still awaiting the verdict in the much-publicized case when the clip was shot.
What viewers don't hear is Combs going on to say "and I'm filthy," which is how his rhyme went on the song when it surfaced on underground mix tapes and a handful of radio stations more than six months ago. His label, Bad Boy Entertainment, could offer no explanation on Thursday (March 22) for the edited lyrics.
The clip directed by Little X and shot in Los Angeles in January was recently leaked by BET's "Rap City." Arista Records, Bad Boy's parent company, claims the video wasn't supposed to air on the network until next Wednesday, to coincide with Combs' appearance on the cable network's show "106 & Park."
But somehow it aired March 15, the day before Puffy was acquitted of all counts and his protégé Shyne was convicted of assault, reckless endangerment and gun possession (see "Puffy Combs Acquitted; Shyne Guilty Of Assault, Gun Possession").
The video is expected to surface on MTV in the coming weeks.
The song, which also features Black Rob, is G-Dep's first single and will turn up on the newcomer's yet-to-be-titled solo debut later this year. The track will also turn up on a Bad Boy compilation later this year.
MTV's parent company, Viacom, also owns BET.