Diddy Drops $10K at Webster Hall, Stephin Merritt Celebrates With Big Gay Ice Cream

Police officers were mobilized to Webster Hall shortly before 8:30 p.m. last night when a large crowd lined up for “Summer Madness 2,” a series of rap battles that drew hip-hop stars Lloyd Banks, Busta Rhymes, and Q-Tip as spectators. “I’m on line,” tweeted one attendee. “East 12th st…the venue is on east 11th…do the math on how many ppl are here.”

According to XXL and a flurry of Twitter reports, none other than Sean “Diddy” Combs took the stage to offer $10,000 in cash to the winner of one of the battles.

If you missed that special appearance, know that the anti-Diddy, singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt, will be involved in the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop’s first-anniversary festivities on Sept. 3. A tweet promises, “Preparation for shop’s 1 yr anniversary party are going great! Fun at shop, webcasts by @MrDaveHill, Stephin of @TheMagFields, more. Sept 3!”

The luckiest guy on the Lower East Side previously dropped by the ice cream shop’s Festivus celebration and has been known to rock a Big Gay Ice Cream t-shirt on stage with the Magnetic Fields.