History was made on Thursday night when the East Coast and West Coast united for Hot 97’s “Tip-Off” concert hosted by Diddy and Snoop Dogg at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The star-studded event, which kicked off NBA All-Star Weekend, featured surprise guests, reunions, and plenty of nostalgia.
The evening commenced with a video of Suge Knight dissing Diddy at the 1995 Source Awards. The Bad Boy mogul emerged to his ’90s hit “Victory” as the audience roared.
“I also came here to set some shit right, as y’all saw on the screen. That negative energy started right here, right on this very stage,” said Diddy. “If you about positivity, make some noise. So that’s what this is about, man. This is setting that scene straight, as if we can go back, but we can’t. But we get to celebrate on this stage.”
Diddy’s all-star lineup of guests included Busta Rhymes, Jermaine Dupri, and Kanye West, who performed “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” as his wife Kim Kardashian filmed on her phone.
Black Rob guested on “Whoa!” and Diddy reunited R&B group 112, who performed their 2001 hit “Peaches & Cream” and the Notorious B.I.G. tribute “I’ll Be Missing You,” backed by Faith Evans and a choir.
Nas hit the stage for “Hate Me Now” and “Made You Look,” while Naughty by Nature served their classics “O.P.P.” and “Hip Hop Hooray.”
Snoop, dressed in a paisley-print onesie, brought out Dr. Dre for “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” and T.I., who performed “About the Money.”
The crowd went wild when Lil’ Kim and The Lox touched down with “Money, Power & Respect” and “It’s All About the Benjamins,” and Diddy’s son Christian Combs filled in for Ma$e on “Been Around the World.”
Other guests included Big Sean, Keyshia Cole, Doug E. Fresh, 2 Chainz, French Montana, A$AP Ferg, O.T. Genasis, Troy Ave, and ILoveMakonnen.