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5 Reasons We Really Hope Diddy Gets Selected To Be A Judge On "American Idol"

Have you heard the good news? No? then, let us be the first to tell you. It sounds like Diddy (yes, Diddy!) is in the running to join Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey and become the third and final judge on American Idol next season. Although there are still a few others in the running as well—including Joe Jonas and Alanis Morissette—the AI producers seem to be carefully considering Sean Combs as a possible judge.

How awesome would that be? In fact, if Diddy was selected, we're pretty sure that we'd start setting our DVRs for AI every single week again. We'd probably even buy the entire season on DVD if they ever got around to releasing it. We remember what Diddy did when he filmed his Making The Band series on MTV—and we think his participation on AI would be, in a word, epic.

Why, you ask? Well, outside of the obvious—the "Diddy-replaces-Jennifer Lopez" storyline going into the show would be enough for us—there are a bunch of other reasons why we'd love to see Diddy on AI. So, we put together a list of the 5 Reasons We Really Hope Diddy Gets Selected To Be A Judge On American Idol. Please join us in crossing our fingers and really hoping that this actually happens.

Reason #1: Diddy would not be afraid to tell American Idol contestants that they don't have what it takes to win.
It's hard to stand up and tell someone that they suck at singing to their face. Well, it's hard for most people. Diddy seems to take pleasure in it, though. In fact, we'd be pretty surprised if Diddy found many AI contestants that he actually liked. So, hearing him go off on crappy performances would be awesome. It'd also be great to hear him reduce sniffling contestants to tears. If you want someone who keeps it 100 on AI, Diddy is your man.

Reason #2: Diddy's facial expressions during auditions would provide us with plenty of priceless GIFs.
Can you imagine the first time some weird 16-year-old gets in front of the judges and tries to play, like, the banjo while he sings "Free Bird" or something? Diddy will look so puzzled and he'll flash one of those classic "WTF is this dude doing right now?" looks that Diddy flashes so well. And, within minutes, it'll be all over the Internet. At least, it'll be up for a few minutes until the next Diddy GIF pops off. We need those GIFs in our lives!

Reason #3: Awkward interactions with Mariah Carey on live national TV? Diddy can do that!
Regardless of whether or not Diddy gets the gig, you know Mariah Carey is gonna say and do some strange things on live TV, right? That's Mariah. We just hope Diddy is there to interact with her and make things extra weird. We'd actually pay to see some of that go down.

Reason #5: Diddy could, arguably, turn out to be a better American Idol judge than Simon Cowell.
We've missed Simon. But, with Diddy, we'd have a new, improved Simon. Like Cowell, Diddy won't be afraid to speak his mind. He won't be afraid to get booed by the AI crowd. He won't be afraid to show contestants who have no chance of winning the door. And, really, isn't that what AI needs right now? Let's go, AI producers. Give us what we need!

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Ella Mai Puts The Ball In Your Court With "Shot Clock" Visuals

Kobe, KD, Kyrie, how about Ella Mai?

Marking her third official single from her self-titled debut album, the 24-year-old dropped a new video from her charting project, bringing "Shot Clock" to life in her B-ball themed clip.

The Colin Tilley directed visual captures the essence of the young singer, framing her unique style and iridescent vocal abilities. The clip captures the various parts of Mai's magnetic energy, as she stars in her own thematic love story.

The two-time Grammy nominee goes through the many downs that occur in relationships while the red beams of shot clock shine in the background slowly reaching zero, a neon indicator of her lessening patience, the singer finds herself alone.

This visual was released in the midst of the "Boo'd Up" songstress' first debut tour currently venturing through the United States and Parts of Europe. Check out the tour dates below to see if R&B's new golden child is coming to a city near you and watch her video for "Shot Clock" above.

THE DEBUT TOUR

Jan 18 – Berlin, DE- Festsaal Kreuzberg Jan 20 – Hamburg, DE- Grosse Freiheit Jan 21 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Main Hall Jan 22 – Stockholm, SE - Berns Jan 24 – Oslo, NO – Rockefeller Music Hall Feb 12 - Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom Feb 14 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo Feb 15 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom Feb 17 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades Feb 19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater Feb 20 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Feb 22 – Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee Feb 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Feb 25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre Feb 27 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Feb 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater Mar 2 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall Mar 3 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall Mar 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Mar 6 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Mar 7 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda Mar 9 – Boston, MA - Royale Mar 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel Mar 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts Mar 15 – Silver Spring, M.D. – The Fillmore Silver Spring Mar 16 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage Mar 19 – Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Mar 20 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live Mar 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live Mar 24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Mar 26 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Mar 27 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Mar 28 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre

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9th Wonder Talks Collabo Album With Smif N Wessun And The Soul Council

A few weeks fresh off the 23rd anniversary of their classic debut album, Da Shinin', Brooklyn duo Smif N Wessun (Steele and Tek) have released the video for the soul smacking single, "Testify" produced by Khrysis, off their newest album, The All. The project, produced entirely by Grammy-nominated producer 9th Wonder and his Soul Council team, brings the hardcore feel of SNW's best work to the forefront.

“9th Wonder and the Soul Council provide the perfect backdrop for Tek and I to deliver heartfelt lyrical content,” Steele reveals directly. “It’s a true tale of ups and downs, wins and losses, growth and acceptance. It speaks to the hearts and minds of all people; particularly our followers and fans of all ages and ethnicities.”

When artists who rep a certain quality sector of hip-hop music resurface to offer newness to an audience, the longtime fans are looking to bring that old thing back while looking to reflect and push forward at the same time.

"'Testify' is a realistic reflective look back on our accomplishments and failures throughout our career and serves as a precursor to what you will experience on The All,” Steele continues. "This project is a reality check for SNW, one that reflects the struggles and obstacles that we’ve had to endure to survive at the level we occupy in the hip-hop arena."

9th Wonder took the project on as a lover of the group, "My goal is to make sure that we cement the legacy of the artist, but at the same time update the artist. We came up with the concept of  The All (based on a speech from Louis Farrakhan), you can never underestimate the essence of Islam in Hip-Hop. Given the fact that SNW are both Muslim and so many others are as well, we couldn't forget that part."

Going into new chambers of living is needed when you have been recording albums for over 20 years. 9th explains, "we wanted them to talk about stuff they wouldn't normally talk about on records, as they are in a different point in their lives, very grown man. It gives something to our generation to listen to, appreciate and celebrate without feeling old, without feeling outdated. We also wanted to let them know, the legends can still do it."

As the word legend gets thrown around a lot, it's not a far off title for the duo of Tek and Steele. "Some bestow the 'legend' tag upon us (we are very appreciative of that)," says Steele. "And we are chronicling that journey throughout the album.”

The full project will be dropping on February 22nd, 2019 on Duck Down Records. You can pre-order the album here and group merch here.

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Premiere: Duck Down Records' Smif-N-Wessun Returns With Khrysis-Produced 'Testify'

It's been nearly 25 years to the day since their classic debut Dah Shinin' impacted in January 1995, but legendary Brooklyn duo Smif-N-Wessun is still representing the culture with authority and authenticity. "Testify," the premiere music video from their upcoming album The All, adds another notch to their storied catalogs.

"Testify" begins with old photos of group members Tek and Steele in their 90s heyday, but they don't spend much time there before getting busy with present day rhymes. Over a backdrop from Khrysis, the Duck Down Records duo confidently announces their return while solidifying their legendary pedigree. The song gives a short but sweet taste from The All, their upcoming album produced entirely by 9th Wonder and the Soul Council.

“9th Wonder and the Soul Council provide the perfect backdrop for Tek and I to deliver heartfelt lyrical content,” Steele told VIBE. “It’s a true tale of ups and downs, wins and losses, growth and acceptance. It speaks to the hearts and minds of ALL people; particularly our followers and fans of ALL ages and ethnicities.”

‘Testify” is a realistic reflective look back on our accomplishments and failures throughout our career and serves as a precursor to what you will experience on The All,” Steele continued. "This project is a reality check for SNW, one that reflects the struggles and obstacles that we’ve had to endure to survive at the level we occupy in the hip-hop arena. Some, bestow the “Legend” tag upon us (we are very appreciative of that) and we are chronicling that journey throughout the album.”

The All is scheduled for a February 22, 2019 release on Duck Down Records, and is available for pre-order.

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