A note to Diddy



Just want to point out a small, yet important detail: Mint Condition. The Family Stand.  The Roots.  Earth, Wind and Fire.  These are all bands.  Why?  Because they play instruments!  Perhaps you should call next season’s show "Making the Group".  See, you can’t have a "band" when no one plays instruments

These young people are singers, performers or entertainers.  But, let’s not call them artists, since it’s not clear that they’re creating their own material.  They’re simply facilitating the expression of a group of songwriters and producers.  This isn’t a bad thing, but let’s call it what it is, and not try to make it seem like it’s more than it is.

The term "band’ implies a lot.  I’d like to see more precise use of language.  That way, young people might have a sense that there’s room for them to grow from mere entertainers to actual artists, that they can aspire to more that just commercial success.



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  1. Tavia August 9, 2007 at 09:32 #

    You hit the nail on the head. I was scratching myself throughout watching this show, trying to figure out why they kept calling this a band. I think that all started with the rise of the “boy band” in the 1980s (leaving aside the Jacksons): New Edition, NKOTB, etc. All were put together, more or less, by pop svengalis like Diddy. Come to think of it, even the Sex Pistols were a boy band put together by Malcolm McLaren. But at least they (except Sid) played their instruments. My main complaint with Diddy’s group is that the material they’re given is so deritative and shrill. Black pop quartet singing has such a rich history, but none of that is really audible in this overproduced, hyper-styled, mess.

  2. mikel banks August 9, 2007 at 16:59 #

    right on!!! never watched the show ,but i wondered how 3or 4 rappers or singers were a band?guess its like in jamaica the mc is called the dj?!confused at best!!!

  3. Sandra St. Victor August 20, 2007 at 09:29 #

    Amen, and pass the plate Brother ROB! This kind of misrepresentation is why our kids only reach for the stars on the screen, instead of digging for their own creative starlight from inside themselves.

    thank you.


  4. La'Kirria Kiel August 28, 2007 at 15:05 #

    all of the guys on making the band is wonderful,keep up the good work and continue do you’ll thing

  5. Desire Delone August 28, 2007 at 15:09 #

    may god bless each and every one of you on your making the band trip.you all are doing a good job so keep up the good work and continue to try.

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