Season 3, Episode 7
Da Band couldn't ask for a better or more experienced advisor than P. Diddy. As he repeatedly reminds them, he's sold 100 million records worldwide. Obviously, Diddy knows what it takes to make a hit. And Da Band just donít have a single in their new songs. Diddy explains that people want to hear full songs, not freestyling when they buy a record. Chopper breaks it down even further with his question, "Where the hook at?" But Ness sees the problem as something deeper than just not writing a good hook. He thinks that the members of Da Band are losing their drive and everyone's just about themselves and not the group.
Ness recently had things put in perspective with the premature birth of his daughter. Splitting time in the Park Ave apartment and a hospital in Philadelphia, Ness realizes that he has a family that depends on his success. Diddy recognizes Ness' love of hip hop and predicts, "Ness is definitely gonna be one of rap's next big superstars." Da Band members pick up on Diddy's respect for Ness but they see it more as Diddy favoring Ness over them. Sarah complains that she doesn't have a song on the new album while Ness is featured on every track. Behind closed doors, Ness and Diddy joke about the Da Band album being Ness's first solo effort. Ouch. But Ness insists he's featured because he's spending all day in the studio working while the rest of Da Band sleep late and waste time.
Things really begin to fall apart when Fred insists that everyone is trying to assassinate his career. Diddy fondly remembers when Da Band were hungry, passionate, and committed but he thinks the hit record and the money has totally destroyed them. Frustrated by this rookie performance on Da Band's second album, Diddy calls the group in for a meeting. In order to inspire the group, Diddy shows them clips from the first season of Making The Band when they were working hard to be the best. Not just a multi platinum artist, Diddy appears to be a master motivator too because Da Band are back and working hard! Ness sagely says, "Ain't nobody give you nothing, but if you put your heart into it, it's gonna show," as the episode closes with the group rapping together in a circle.