Diddy, Shaq, DMX, Jermaine Dupri Tear Up NYC Party Scene

Diddy hosts NBA all-star at exhibit; X previews new album; J.D. throws hot homecoming.

NEW YORK — Despite the miserable weather, the NYC party scene was on fire Thursday night with a series of events hosted by music-industry vets.

The first rule of party-hopping: Map out your night before leaving the house. Know exactly where you are going, and don't plan on staying in any one place too long if you want to hit up every spot on your agenda.

The night kicked off at Sony Studios for a preview of DMX's The Year of the Dog, Again (see "DMX Signs With Columbia, Will Release Long-Delayed LP This Spring"). DJ Envy was spotted wearing an "I Love My Kid" T-shirt. The label just released X's single "Lord Sign" and was amping it up with posters and blaring it in the studio. Sony also previewed the rapper's new "Dark Man X" reality-TV series, which BET has picked up and plans to air toward the end of June.

X had TV cameras following him as he said a few words at the podium and later held court outside the studio, stopping traffic in the middle of the street.

"Everyone get on the sidewalk," one cameraman cautioned those surrounding DMX as he stepped into his all-black, old-school Chevy Impala. "There's no telling what will happen once he pulls off."

True to form, X zoomed off, tires screeching.

Off to the next spot!

In a Manhattan loft, Diddy hosted an exhibit of his friend Cheryl Fox Spencer's work. The exhibit included photos of Diddy and his sons in a swimming pool and him and Snoop smoking cigars. Nobody could miss NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal, who told jokes and took pictures with his admirers.

Model Melyssa Ford, GOOD Music artist Consequence, Bad Boy MC Aasim, and "All My Children" actor Michael B. Jordan (not to be confused with number 23) were among the New York tastemakers who checked out huge photos of Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, Kim Porter and Beyoncé looking glamorous.

Downtown, it was come as you are, the grimier the better, as D-Block took center stage at S.O.B.'s. Styles P. had a concert in anticipation of his upcoming LP, Time Is Money. Although Jadakiss and Sheek Louch were held up in the studio, Styles had the youngest member of the D-Block fam, J-Hood, make a guest appearance to hold him down.

There was still even more to do.

Journalist Margeaux Watson flexed her juice card by sending out invites that said her birthday party at Level V was not only going to be hosted by one her best friends, Kelis, but by Kelis' husband, Nas, as well. Pharoahe Monch was one of the people jammed into the club to celebrate Watson's birthday.

Jermaine Dupri figured out that with all the parties in New York going on around the same time, it was best for him to throw his shindig after-hours. J.D. and his So So Def family held a party at the gentlemen's club Sue's Rendezvous, where he dealt thousands of $1 bills like cards at a poker game. The LOX and Ed Lover were on hand, as were Dupri's new artists Slim, Bossman and Q the Kid. So why is J.D. taking time off from his busy production schedule? To give his artist T. Waters a grand homecoming. Waters performed his new single, "Watchulookinat."