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I wouldn't usually link to the site, but Playboy has posted their interview with Diddy
on their website and it's just too good to pass up.
In the interview, he opens up a bit and speaks honestly about his place in hip-hop, in business, about the idea of it being difficult to succeed at Bad Boy (he says some of the same things that I have
), death, love and more. It's a great interview for fans of Diddy. Here are some of my favorite answers:
PLAYBOY: You recently turned 40. The younger rappers want the older artists to step aside. Does that make you feel less relevant?
COMBS: No. It will take any young artist a long time to reach my status. It will take them a long time to be looking at themselves on a billboard in Times Square as they eat lunch doing a ≠PLAYBOY interview. It will take them a long time to get mobbed in Africa, Bolivia and Russia. It will take them a long time to drop an hour of hits. I have become the American rap-star dream. ...
PLAYBOY: You sound like one of your idols, Muhammad Ali. Are you saying youíre the greatest?
COMBS: If Iím not inspiring you at this point, youíre a lost hope. Iím one of the baddest motherf****** to ever do this s***, and Iím not saying that in an arrogant way. Thatís a fact, in black and white. I dare you to write down all my achievements. It will be overwhelming. Break it down and then say whoís number one in hip-hop. Who else has conquered television? Who else has conquered fashion? I donít want to hear you have a fashion line. Do you have a Council of Fashion Designers of America award? I need to know. Have you run a marathon? If you all still want to f*** with me after I ran the marathon, I donít know what else to do. ...
PLAYBOY: Letís get into some of the criticisms. Youíve been attacked for being one of the few rappers who donít write their own rhymes. Is that a fair accusation?
COMBS: My instrument and my tone represented Harlemómy swagger, my lazy flow. Nobody came in and told me how to do that. I was spoiled because my first rhyme was written by Biggie. People donít know that Biggie was the one who pushed me to be an artist. I was afraid to do it, but he said, ďThe crowd goes crazy when you come out. Iím gonna write you some rhymes.Ē We did ďItís All About the BenjaminsĒ and ďCanít Nobody Hold Me Down.Ē ...
PLAYBOY: What criticism bothers you the most?
COMBS: Hereís one: People say if you sign with Puff, you wonít be successful. They try to break it down by asking where past artists from Bad Boy are. If you look at who was on Def Jam seven years ago, those arenít the same people who are on Def Jam now. Same for Sony and Universal. Itís the life expectancy of somebody on a label, thatís what it is. Also, Iíve protected a lot of artists whoíve had drug problems or have been arrested. Iím a label, not a babysitter.
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