Diddy Is The Greatest American Gangster…
“What’cha wanna do? You wanna be a baller, shot caller, brawler?” –P.Diddy
When Diddy poses this question he is really describing all possible facets of gangsterism. There are several positions that you can play within gangsterism. The shot caller is the top spot. He is the boss. The shot caller issues the edicts and directions to the mobster, or the baller. The mobster enjoys the benefits of being close to the boss. The mobster gets to spend money that is made from the backsweat of others that he collects on behalf of the boss. The mobster balls out. When shit gets thick for the boss he tells the mobster that work has to be put in. The mobster then contracts the thug, or as Diddy has noted, the brawler. The thug is the foot soldier of gangsterism. The thug is the shooter. Or knife user, or knockout artist. Whatever it takes.
Diddy has at one time or another occupied all the above positions in gangsterism. He transitions from each one almost seamlessly and continues to remain an icon for Hip-Hop throughout his maneuvers. I think he empowers his bodyguards when he shows then that he is willing to put in his own work in knocking someone the fuck out. It makes them realize they need to go the extra mile if they want to be of any use to him. At the same time corporations are still attracted to Diddy because like the best mobster he still collects their money and directs them to the place they can get some more of it. Pass the Courvosier bitches. Even with no visible artists on the horizon Bad Boy still maintains their offices and a staff. That’s boss shit if you ask me. Diddy knows how to keep the lights on.
In a few weeks we will see a movie that depicts a character that comes from Harlem who had the world in the palm of his hand. In my opinion this movie would have been truer to life instead had it been a documentary of Diddy’s life. What hasn’t he done already? The next thing for Diddy will be to throw his 40th birthday party on a space station. Why hasn’t Barack Obaama contracted him to help him become president? Prah’lee because Hillary Clinton already has dude signed up.