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Diddy Gives Son a Custom Maybach Limo for Making the Honor Roll — BV Talk Back!

By Alexis Stodghill on Feb 3rd 2011 1:49PM

Filed under: Celebrity News, Personal Finance, News

Diddy doesn’t mess around when it comes to giving out presents. The Independent reports that he recently gifted his 17-year-old son, Justin, with yet another Mercedes Maybach for his birthday. The teen received his first Maybach, worth over $300,000 when he was just 16, but Diddy upped the ante this time around, giving Justin the limousine version of the luxury vehicle.

“Justin has turned himself around and is now an honors student, which he wasn’t before, so I wanted to treat him,” Diddy explained of the lavish gift valued at $390,000. “It’s a collector’s car so maybe he will use it for special occasions like on a first date, but like all my kids, he prefers the simpler things than the expensive things. Simple tastes.”

Last year, the hip-hop mogul was criticized for giving his son such an expensive gift, which was chronicled on the MTV show ‘My Super Sweet 16.’ Diddy fought back at his critics, remarking that the opposition was based less around his finances and more around his skin color. “The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son, that’s really like a racist question,” he said in response to an interview with journalist Martin Bashir, who questioned his decision to give his son the car.

BV Talk Back Questions:

-Was it wrong for Diddy to give his son Justin a second Maybach just for making the honor role?

-Is it racism for people to assume that a rich black man should not give his child a gift that he can afford?

-How do you use money, gifts or other material incentives to inspire your children and reward them when they do well in school?

-Do you approve or disapprove of this practice?