It’s over, it’s a wrap, that’s all she wrote. If you haven’t heard by now, Bad Boy’s Da Band have been disbanded by their boss.
During the season finale of “Making the Band,” a frustrated P. Diddy gave up on his handpicked protégés and shut Da Band down. P.D. said he would continue to work with Ness and Babs, calling them hip-hop’s next Bonnie and Clyde.
To no one’s surprise, before Diddy dispersed his troops, he kicked out the collective’s outcast, Dylan. “I’m tired of his ass, y’all tired of his ass, we all tired of his ass,” Diddy said during the a confessional portion of the show. “It’s over.”
It seemed like every episode this season found Dylan getting scolded by Diddy and his bandmates for missing shows and perceived laziness. Some even called him selfish. On Tuesday the self-proclaimed rebel of Da Band said despite Diddy’s mandated separation, he and his unit are still together.
“People gotta realize that us six had to walk for cheesecake,” Dylan rationalized. “It’s us six that read the Russell Simmons book outside. Us six lived through that hazing period. No matter what any label or CEO wants to say, Da Band are family. We came in it together; we’re always gonna be working together in the future.”
Despite being ousted, Dylan said he’s still signed to Bad Boy and has continued to work in the studio on his own. His new mixtape, a collaboration with DJ Sickamore called Life After Diddy, hits the streets this week, and the Brooklyn rapper has promised to give his side of what we’ve seen on TV.
“Dylan is a lyricist,” he said. “It’s more than just a TV thing. The end of ’Making the Band’ on TV is the beginning of Dylan’s career.”
One track in particular he feels everyone will be talking about is a message to the man he lived with, Sean Combs.
“Dear Diddy” is “real controversial,” he said. “It’s Tupac’s ’Ambitionz Az a Ridah.’ The music is responding to everything he said negative towards me. This is how I feel. It’s not one of those things where it’s a killing beef. It’s just we have creative differences. I felt disrespected, [so now] you’re gonna feel disrespected.”
“There’s two sides to every story,” Sickamore interjected. “Even though he’s going against MTV and Puff Daddy, you can’t just sit down and die. You have to let everyone know your side.”
“I’ve got love for the label still,” Dylan jumped back in. “I just have to air a few things out and get it off my chest.”
We’ve all seen what usually happens when a hip-hop artist strikes out against their label CEO — nothing. Foxy Brown publicly dissed Def Jam and hasn’t come out with an album since. Even Bad Boy’s Hoodfellaz have yet to be heard from since they went against Diddy’s wishes and made a mixtape dissing Da Band last year.
Dylan isn’t worried.
“We’re taking it day by day,” he said. “There’s enough labels who I can go to or have been hollering. My main thing is to be heard through this mixtape. This is where we started, this is who I feed off. I’m not a Hollywood dude, I live for the streets. This is our music. When it comes to Diddy, I feel like if he’s not going to use me for anything, why keep me? If you gonna use me, then we can work.”
Dylan said it’s been months since all six Da Band members were with Diddy together, but just two weeks ago all six of them performed at a show.
“We still do things together,” he said. “I’ll be with Babs and Sara in Indiana on Saturday. We’re Da Band. We’re the ones who couldn’t brush our teeth for a week during hazing. It was a constant thing from the cheesecake walk to having to dance in the club till the lights come on without drinking or nothing. When you put people together like that, how can you on the outside say ’You’re not together.’ You made them family. They not gonna get along every second of the day, but they always gonna be together.”