Update 03/02/2022 3:44pm:
Diddy's "Making the Band" has been trending on Twitter this week as fans reminisced about the pop culture phenomenon that aired on MTV. In light of the conversation, artists from the show have been speaking out on social media.
Day26 member Willie Taylor was the first to come out and state that the contracts and platform were "set up for the failure of hungry artists." Now, Da Band's Freddy P, who was in the group with Sara Stokes, Dylan Dilinjah, Chopper AKA "Young City," Babs, and Ness, is sharing his experience after the show.
In a video posted to his Instagram on Wednesday (March 2), Freddy P explained that he has been battling suicidal thoughts. Freddy went on to speak about conversations he had with Diddy before parting ways, and he went on to speak about how Diddy broke up Da Band.
Elsewhere in the video, Freddy spoke about how he has struggled in life, including having to go back in the streets to make money, and he added that he hasn't been able to get a regular job due to his celebrity.
In a separate post, Freddy called out Diddy for making people on the show walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to get him cheesecake. Freddy shared a clip from the show along with the caption, "God knows if I was @diddy I would’ve done WAY MORE FOR THESE KIDS.. Any real ninja would’ve.. You start out JUST CHASING A DREAM. Then it QUICKLY GET SNATCHED AWAY.. Made me NEVER WANT TO RAP. God gone have the last laugh. My talent was given to me to touch hearts and homes an it was silenced. You silenced Gods plan. Everyone who ever took part will depart horribly from [the world]."
Original 03/02/2022 1:28pm:
Diddy's Making The Band show on MTV was a point in early 2000s pop culture history, with groups like Da Band, Danity Kane, Day26 being created during the show.
While some people would consider the show to be a success for giving the artists a platform to boost their careers. However, Day26 member Willie Taylor feels like the contracts and platform were "set up for the failure of hungry artists."
In a since-deleted post, Taylor explained, "Learning Experience, you gotta Understand that People will do to you whatever you allow them, so don’t let your passion drive you to the wrong destination #MTB4 Day26 / Danity Kane are talented groups but the situation in which we met was designed to fail."
Diddy has yet to respond to Taylor's post, but back in 2019, he was speaking about wanting to bring the show back. In a video posted online, Diddy stated, "It’s not just about America and America’s music. It’s about everybody’s voice. So we’re doing a global talent search." This came right before the global pandemic, and it's unclear whether Diddy is still moving forward with the reboot.