On Tuesday (November 7) night, the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London was electrified by an explosive, sold-out performance by two titans of hip-hop, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Giggs. They dominated the stage with back-to-back hits, including a live debut of ‘Mandem,’ which drove the crowd into a frenzy.
The crowd had no idea that Diddy had a surprise in store. Combs introduced Shyne to perform the iconic ‘Bad Boyz’ anthem and ‘Bonny & Shyne’ as part of a star-studded lineup of special guests that included King Combs, Jozzy and Nova Wave. Jozzy, the premier artist signed to Love Records, performed ‘Homecoming,’ while Nova Wave delivered ‘What’s Love’ from his #1 R&B album The Love Album: Off The Grid.
The highly influential and respected Giggs collaborated with Diddy for this unique show, bringing West London to a standstill as fans lined up outside the venue. Giggs also invited Kyze, Dubz, Potter Payper, Lojay, ML, Tiny Boost, Youngs Teflo and Suspect to the stage for an unforgettable night of music. He also presented Diddy with a cake as the crowd sang Happy Birthday.
Tickets for the event (which went on sale on November 1st) were sold in aid of two important charities for the Black British community: Sickle Cell Society and Black Minds Matter. The former raises funds for those affected by Sickle Cell, while the latter is a mental health charity aimed at supporting the Black community in accessing therapy. Tickets sold out in just 5 minutes.
The Shepherd’s Bush show reunited Giggs and Diddy who dropped the single ‘Mandem’ on August 4th, exactly 15 years to the day that Giggs’ classic and massively influential debut album, Walk In Da Park was released. ‘Mandem’ was the first track released from the new 18-track project Zero Tolerance, which features artists from both sides of the Atlantic, including Jadakiss, 21 Savage, Dave East, Popcaan, Potter Payper and Tiny Boost. Zero Tolerance is Giggs’ first full-length record since 2020’s Now Or Never and finds the rapper returning to the stage stronger than ever with a record he’s described as an “instant classic.” In the fifteen years since Walk In Da Park Giggs has rightly become regarded as one of the most pioneering, consistent, uncompromising and most loved British artists. The release of Zero Tolerance further cements his cultural importance on the global stage.
This event marked another milestone in the illustrious career of Diddy, highlighting his 30-year legacy in the industry and the enduring power and influence of Bad Boy Records. He celebrated his triumphant return to music with his latest #1 album, The Love Album: Off the Grid, under the LOVE RECORDS imprint. The album showcases a spectacular array of talent and embodies Diddy’s belief in the power of collaboration, featuring an impressive lineup of R&B and musical titans. Diddy’s music career includes numerous accolades including 11 #1 hit songs and 3 Grammy Awards. He has also produced hundreds of songs as well as performed with the biggest names in music. His Bad Boy label has sold more than 400 million albums with their songs accumulating over 3 billion streams.
Diddy and Giggs treated fans to a legendary show like only they could. Check out some photos from the electric night below!