Backbeat: Diddy, Jimmy Iovine Bring Out Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Cassie To See Some 'Culo'
Backbeat: Diddy, Jimmy Iovine Bring Out Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Cassie To See Some 'Culo'

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Bunmen: (From Left) Interscope/Geffen/A&M Chairmen Jimmy Iovine, photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco, music mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. (Photo: WireImage)

The hip-hop and fashion worlds collided last night (Oct. 9) in NYC as Interscope Geffen A&M Chariman Jimmy Iovine and Sean "Diddy" Combs hosted a party for photographer and visual aritst Raphael Mazzucco's book "Culo" at NYC's Tony Shafrazi Gallery. The 248-page collection of photos and art pieces is dedicated to "the female backside." The night's VIPs included Dr. Dre, Cassie, rapper, French Montana (who's been taking meetings with Diddy and Rick Ross) Lala Vazquez, Violator and Brand Asset Group CEO Chris Lighty, Russell Simmons, and BET's president of programming, music and specials, Stephen Hill. There were also a gaggle of fashion designers, models and TV personalities including Jessica White, Nicole Trunfio, Daya Vaidya and Carrie Keagan -- some of whom are featured in "Culo."

The majority of attendees gathered in the gallery's main room to chit chat with one another, drink champagne and glance at the art from Mazzucco's "Culo all while DJ Kiss worked the turntables. A few walked around the gallery, including British singer-songwriter Neon Hitch to see Mazzucco's photographs of beautiful women's back ends.

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Diddy, one of the hosts of the nights, came in and out, saying hello to a few people on his way to the main room. Soon after arriving, Diddy was side-by-side with Cassie and whispering in her ear. Cassie, who is signed to Diddy's Bad Boy Records, was dressed in a sexy beige and black corset and black pants and roamed around all smiles even as she cut the long bathroom line, politely asking if those in line minded (some did!).

Dr. Dre arrived closer to 10pm and stood before the paintings, glazing at the attendees across the room. Robert Santini, of PMK BNC, mentioned Dre will make an appearance at the Beats by Dre holiday launch event in NYC on Tuesday (Oct 11).

As Chris Lighty, founder and CEO of Violator and Brand Asset Group, walked out he bumped into Stephen Hill and shared a few laughs.

When overhearing an attendee whisper, "Mary J. Blige is here," this reporter turned around only to find Diddy's mother, Mrs. Combs, quickly walk from the front to the main room. Unfortunately, Mary J. was the only expected artist not to make it to the "Culo" launch event.

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Ain't Nothing But An A Thing: Dr. Dre (left) with Jimmy Iovine, partners in the Beats by Dre.
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Art Sir Mix-A-Lot Could Appreciate: Mixed media pieces by photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco on display at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York City. (Photo: WireImage)
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NemASSte: Music magnate and Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons at the Culo launch party.
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Pressing the Flesh: Invite to the Culo book party and art opening seemed bit...cheeky.
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Singer, model, dancer, actress Cassie (a.k.a. Cassandra Ventura) was seen laughing, whispering, dancing and cutting the bathroom line.
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Posterior Partiers: DJ/actress/TV Personality Lala a.k.a. Alani Vazquez (left) with Jonathan Cheban of Command PR. (Photo: WireImage)

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