I imagine there are numerous routes you can take to become a Hip Hop superstar. You could try starting off as an in-demand production whizz a la Kanye West, or perhaps go from being a notorious drug dealer to all conquering rap hero, much like my friend and yours, Jay-Z. If you're Sean Combs, aka Puff Diddy or P Diddy or JC Penny, then you could befriend a talented rapper and live off his memory for the rest of your career. Speaking of Mr Doody, a few years back, whilst sunning himself on a yacht, one couldn't help but notice an interesting addition to his entourage. In amongst the bodyguards, PAs, stylists and hangers on, there stood one Fonzworth Bentley, umbrella in hand, standing over P Diddily, shielding him from the sun. Yep, that's right, Puff Dastardly had only gone and got himself a butler or 'personal assistant' as he is listed as on his wikipedia page.
An auspicious start I'm sure you'll agree. Bentley has since branched out into the worlds of music and fashion, the latter represented by his own range of umbrellas. I know, it's all fairly ghetto. The music side is the area where things seem to be really taking off, having recently signed to Kanye West's record label, GOOD Music, he will soon be releasing his debut album entitled C.O.L.O.U.R.S (or "Cool Outrageous Lovers of Uniquely Raw Style"). As a taster for the album a song entitled 'Everybody' has appeared on t'internet, with a video and everything. The song (and video) features long-time friend Andre 3000 as well as Kanye West himself. The song's not much to write home about, but the video does feature some natty dance moves and a surprisingly restrained performance form the normally rampant Mr West.
I can't help thinking of Carlton from the Fresh Prince when I see him though.
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