In a conversation with DJ Khaled for Rolling Stone, Diddy has revealed he considers himself to be in “semi-retirement.’ And has found himself questioning his role in the modern music industry.
The two musicians sat down to discuss their respective work in the industry and their journeys to fame.
“To be honest, I’ve been in semi-retirement,” Diddy said when asked about what he looks for when signing a new artist. “If you don’t see my name on all the Top 10 records, that means I’m not making music.”
After revealing he’s bringing back his TV series Making The Band next year, Diddy added: “I’m contemplating, ‘Is there a role for me in music now?’ I just know that for me, I would only be able to sign legends. To be honest, my decisions will be made through God.
“I’m at another frequency and level of music. It would have to be something that God fully put in my heart, like when I heard Biggie or I heard Mary [J. Blige].”
The star reflected on singing The Notorious B.I.G to his label Bad Boy Records. “I saw he was a big guy, and I was from Harlem,” he said. “I was like, ‘Man, the best thing for me to do is to invite him to [restaurant] Slyvia’s.’ And the crazy thing was that when he sat down, I said, ‘What you want to eat?’ He said, ‘I’m not hungry.’ He would never eat around me!”
In the interview, Khaled and Diddy expressed their mutual admiration for each other. “From hitmaker to [a] businessman, as a hustler, as a father, the drive he has inspires me,” said DJ Khaled. “I feel like I have a similar drive. I got my hustle. I’m about getting that money. When it comes down to producing hits, I’m a hitmaker.”
In return, Diddy said: “I learned self-love [from Khaled]. Watching him take time to himself, talk to God, enjoy time with his family. It gave me instructions on some things that maybe I was lacking [from] being such a work machine.”
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