ATLANTA — The BET Hip-Hop Awards ended Saturday night, but the afterparties in Atlanta lasted well into Monday morning. [artist id="1244169"]Diddy[/artist] and his girls in Dirty Money had been doing radio promo and headlining clubs all weekend long, and the trio ended their Hotlanta excursion at one of the most popular night spots in town, the Velvet Room.
But it wasn't just a Bad Boy affair — [artist id="961097"]Ludacris[/artist] also brought his Disturbing Tha Peace family to make for a unified front of hip-hop stars.
DJ Infamous hyped the crowd from his booth and with the two platinum factions overlooking most of the club, revelers from their VIP section (other stars such as Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Lyfe Jennings and Jazze Pha also had spots in VIP), Infamous dropped the needle on some classics.
First came "It's All About the Benjamins." "What y'all wanna do?" The recorded vocals roared through the club. Diddy then got on the mic and told Inf to bring the record back. The mogul then started rapping over the record.
"What y'all wanna do?/ Wanna be ballers, shot-callers ... "
After Puff's timeless verse, Inf threw on another signature Diddy song, "Mo Money, Mo Problems," and the Bad Boy boss rapped over that record as well.
Shawty Lo, who was standing with Diddy and Luda, also got his shine. First came "Dun Dun" and then "Dey Know," with 'Cris adding his rhymes from the remix.
Luda kept control of the mic as Infamous put on the beat from his new record "How Low Can You Go," a track from Luda's upcoming joint LP with Shawnna, Battle of the Sexes.
Dirty Money took the spotlight next, as Diddy and his girls did "Angels" and "Love Come Down."
The mic moved to Red Café as he came in with "Hottest in the Hood," then Playaz Circle followed with a medley of records highlighted by "Duffle Bag Boy."
That's hip-hop: no stage, no prior planning, just on-the-spot performing.