Rap sensation Poop Doddy was last night at the centre of a storm that was blowing a gale like a good'un.
Doddy, real name Brian Wolstenholme, was counting the cost in a very real and meaningful way, or 'vibe' as he might have it; him and his fancy rap-speak and all that.
Unaware that the mic was still open at the press conference to launch his new CD - "Blow the Bastards Away", the 23 year old reasonably well off star was heard to say:
"Yeah man. What it is...is what it is man. I ain't no dude that's not been cool and that ain't no shit that I like guy!"
According to those in the know, and God knows who they are, this is a thinly veiled reference to Doddy's producer and long-time collaborator DJ Carpet Tiles, and in particular is a side-swipe by Doddy reflecting his dissatisfaction about the tunes, grooves and beats Tiles selected for the new disc (whatever the hell that means).
Neither Doddy nor DJ Carpet Tiles were available for comment last night but the general feeling is that their differences have become irreconcilable.
Doddy who is no stranger to controversy, is no stranger to controversy and has been known to, controversially, court controversy in the past. But only time will tell what the overall effect of this row will be.
Tearful fans held a soggy vigil outside the star's home last night. They lit candles and cried every now and then. Some of them blubbered too, whilst a few were heard to sob softly also.
Reports that others wailed a bit cannot be substantiated at this time.