Take A Look Inside Diddy's "Superstar Convention" Of A 50th Birthday Party
More than 30 years since he first emerged from Brooklyn's hip-hop scene, the fact remains. No-one in hip-hop has the power, the influence, and in this case, the capacity to bring people together that Sean Combs, AKA Diddy, has.
The life and times of Puff Daddy were celebrated over the weekend as the hip-hop mogul celebrated his 50th Birthday with the kind of party that could only be possible in LA, hosted by Diddy's vodka company Ciroc. The guestlist ran across 3 generations of hip-hop's most legendary talent, with everyone from Post Malone and Jaden Smith to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in attendance.
“It was like a superstar convention! The musical giants of our time were all there to pay their respects,” a source told PEOPLE magazine.
The highlight, of course, came as Kanye West and Jay-Z exchanged what seemed like a friendly greeting, marking one of the first times they've been spotted chatting since the apparent falling out between wives Kim Kardashian and Beyonce.
Both of the stars have touched on their relationship in interviews lately. Talking to Zane Lowe earlier this year, Kanye said: "With Jay, I love all of these people, but you got to know there’s a lineage of Jay to Ye to Drake. It’s like, this person is your idol," he said. "Then you get to know ’em, then you be friends, then you turn to frenemies, then you turn to enemies, and then you gotta bring back the positive energy. But that is the lineage of rap kings and inspirers."
Jay last mentioned Kanye back in 2017, when he spoke to The New York Times. "I [talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he’s my brother," he said. "I love Kanye. I do. It’s a complicated relationship with us. Kanye came into this business on my label. So I’ve always been like his big brother. And we’re both entertainers.”
Hip-hop photographer Kaito was also in attendance, taking exclusive portraits throughout the night for Vanity Fair and shedding light on some of the most esteemed hip-hop royalty in attendance.
According to PEOPLE, the night also apparently featured a number of. musical highlights. Turntable legend DJ Cassidy spent most of the night on the decks, while Andre Harrelll and Doug E. Fresh both performed on stage. The honour of singing Happy Birthday to the mogul fell to legendary vocalist Mary J. Blige.