Sean Combs, also known by his numerous nicknames (P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Diddy, and Puffy), announced that he will be retiring from the music business. However, the 46-year-old rapper will not go quietly, as he plans to end his long career with a bang.
Diddy is gracing the cover of the June issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine, and there, he shared what he plans to do before his upcoming retirement, according to People.
“I’m going to put out my last album and devote 100 percent of my time to doing films… I want to stop at a great place. And a final album is a great place to stop. I want to take a victory lap, to do a world tour and really enjoy it one last time.”
Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs is currently working on his last album, No Way Out 2, which is the follow-up to his 1997 album No Way Out featuring his friend and fellow rapper, the late Notorious B.I.G.
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According to Combs, he plans to make his last album his best and “most honest.” The rapper also says that he wants No Way Out 2 to be his legacy when he retires from the music business, as reported by Billboard.
“When I’m gone, only the songs will survive. I know I’m making music that will live on. I don’t go into the studio just to be hot or to hear myself on the radio. Michael Jackson, Tupac, Biggie — part of them lives on in their music, even though they’re not here anymore. That’s really deep, man. The only think like that is religion.”
Since the release of No Way Out in 1997, Diddy has released four other studio albums (Forever, The Saga Continues, Press Play, and Last Train to Paris), with his latest release in 2015 being a mixtape entitled MMM.
Sean “Diddy” Combs says that he is going to be fearless with his last album, as he wants it to grab people’s attention. There has been no announcement on the release date of No Way Out 2.
As previously stated, Sean Combs wants to focus more on his acting career. To date, The rapper has appeared in several films, including Get Him to the Greek, A Raisin in the Sun, Monster’s Ball, Funny or Die’s Rush Hour 4: Face/Off 2, and a few others. Acting, however, is not his only reason for leaving the music industry. Sean Combs, a father of six, says he also wants to focus more on his family, as reported by ET Online.
“I have such a deep appreciation at being able to be a father. My father didn’t get the chance to be there for me. That makes me appreciate the opportunity that much more deeply. I stress the importance of that to my kids — that you can’t take having a family for granted.
“On a personal level, I actually sent my girls some texts and I just asked them, I said, ‘Can you tell me how to become a better daddy?’ That’s the kinds of relationship I have with them.”
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— Sean Diddy Combs (@diddy) April 30, 2016
Sean “Diddy” Combs is also the founder of Bad Boy Records, and his reunion tour featuring Lil Kim, Mase, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, 112, and Faith Evans will be kicking off on May 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The reunion is also a celebration for Notorious B.I.G. whose birthday is on May 21. He would have been 44 this year.
Read more of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ interview in Cigar Aficionado when it hits newsstands on May 3.
By Jean Mendoza