The Next American Idol

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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...