The Next American Idol Essay

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For the last twenty years Hip-Hop has become more than just a music genre. It is a culture that rules show business, fashion industry, and minds of millions of teenagers all over North America. And each culture always had its idol. Thinking of hip-hop idols, two names come to mind - P. Diddy and Usher. They both made incredible careers but in the end, who is really an American Idol? Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is undoubtedly one of today's most extraordinary, accomplished and unforgettable talents. Originally, his road to success began with song writing and music producing at Uptown Entertainment. At the age of only twenty years old he was already recognized as a power producer, arranger and CEO who had an ear for recognizing great talent and developing big hits; in fact, major recording artists including Mariah Carey, TLC, Lil' Kim and Mary J. Blige sought Combs' production, video cameos and advice. That time he started to work on his own solo album debut. In January, 1997, he released an early single, "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down", which held the number one spot on Billboard's "Hot R&B Singles" chart for nearly two months, spawned four record-breaking singles, and went platinum seven times over. His album "No Way Out" also debuted at number one on the R&B charts and stayed on the charts for an astounding 28 weeks spanning 1997 and 1998. The album generated nearly two-dozen industry award nominations and won two Grammy awards, including Best Rap Album of the Year. Sean also broke down the last remaining barriers in music by integrating different genres with the international hits "Come with Me" on which he collaborated with rock legend Jimmy Page and "Benjamins Rock" with The Foo Fighters. His seamless mix of hip-hop and rock will be in the annals of music history as the beginning of a new musical genre that left the doors open for acts like Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock. The second album of the singer "Forever", released in 1999, enjoyed multi-platinum success as well, and demonstrated Sean's continuous ability to create and entertain.Not only have Sean's talents in the music industry become universally acknowledged, but also the Bad Boy Entertainment, the company he created at his early twenties, has come to encompass much more than just music. What started as a venture out of his own home had transformed into a multifaceted company and a multi-million dollar business. Bad Boy ventures now include: Notorious Entertainment; the Sean John clothing line, which was nominated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for the prestigious Perry Ellis Menswear Award in both 2000 and 2001; Justin Combs Music Publishing; Bad Boy Marketing; Bad Boy Productions; Daddy's House Studios; Daddy's House Social Programs; Bad Boy Technologies (P-Diddy.com and BadBoyOnline.com); Bad Boy Films and Bad Boy Books. In addition, Sean has taken on the film industry, making his acting debut in the Artisan comedy "Made". Numerous performances in various TV shows were...

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