Rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs will host a midnight event at FAMU on Monday evening to promote Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
The “Bring It Home Midnight Rally” will also include appearances by DJ Khaled, Tiffany Haddish, William Packer and Monica. Working with student leaders, the event will push the significance of turning out the vote this Tuesday.
The concert and rally happen in Tallahassee, where Gillum serves as Mayor.
The Gillum campaign yesterday released video of Combs endorsing the Democrat. “He’s running a campaign for the people,” Combs says in the video.
Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, played an outsized role in the growth of hip-hop in the 1990s, discovering such talents as The Notorious B.I.G. and Mase. Combs himself performed under a number of stage names including Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Brother Love.
DJ Khaled’s career ties closely with the Miami hip-hop scene. He began his career as a radio DJ on WEDR 99 Jamz before releasing a series of successful albums and becoming president of Def Jam South and founding We The Best Music.
Khaled supported President Barack Obama’s candidacy, and two years ago spoke at a Miami rally with Obama for Hillary Clinton. He also joined a group of celebrities Obama invited to the White House to discuss criminal justice reform.
Packer, a St. Petersburg native and FAMU alumnus, co-founded Rainforest Films, producing such movies as Trois and Girls Trip.
Doors will open at the Lawson Center at 9:30, with pre-rally programming starting at 10 p.m. Organizers say the event should last until 1 a.m., hours before polls open on Election Day.