Da Band

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Da Band was a rap group put together by P. Diddy.


During the preliminary period 40,000 participants tried out for a spot in the group but Diddy narrowed it down to six artists. For several weeks the group was subjected to vigorous and sometime demeaning tasks, including walking from midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn to purchase a Junior's cheesecake for Diddy, and Ness' battle with Harlem rapper Jae Millz. The group's story was documented by three seasons of MTV's Making the Band 2 reality series. Their debut album, Too Hot for TV, was released in September 2003.

After Da Band

On the Season Three finale, the group effectively ended when Diddy dissolved them and chose to keep Ness, Babs, and Chopper "Young City" on the label. Ness and Babs were to be a duo and Chopper was to be a solo artist on Bad Boy South. Chopper would eventually leave the label and was followed by Babs sometime later leaving Ness the group's only member still signed to Bad Boy. Ness has worked as a songwriter for Diddy on albums such as 2006's Press Play. The group (minus Dylan) parodied what they went through during the filming of Making the Band 2 on Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy show The Chappelle Show. The group members have since been working on solo projects and have maintained good relationships with each other except Chopper and Ness who are currently involved in a dispute.

Band Members

  • Sara Stokes (born in 1974) - a Port Huron R&B singer
  • Dylan Dilinjah (born Dylan John in 1980) - a Brooklyn reggae vocalist
  • Chopper "Young City" (born Kevin Barnes in 1987) - a New Orleans MC (Chopper recorded under the alias of Rodney Hill in an attempt to avoid prosecution by the law.)
  • Babs (born Lynese Wiley in 1979) - an MC from Brooklyn
  • Ness (born Lloyd Mathis in 1977) - an MC from Philadelphia
  • Freddy P (born Frederick Watson in 1981) - a Miami MC



Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
2003 Too Hot for TV
  • Released: September 30, 2003
  • Label: Bad Boy
2 1
  • US: Gold


Year Title Chart positions Album
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hot Rap Tracks
2003 "Bad Boy This, Bad Boy That" 50 15 13 Too Hot for TV
"Tonight" - 110 -

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