*Sean “Diddy” Combs is opening up about his retirement from music, opting to invest his creative energy on acting, and spend more time with his family.
“I’m going to put out my last album and devote 100 percent of my time to doing films,” he told the June issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine. “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.”
The 46-year-old entrepreneur also got candid about wanting his music to live on long after he’s gone.
“When I’m gone, only the songs will survive. I know I’m making music that will live on,” he said. “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 other thing like that is religion.”
Combs released his debut album, “No Way Out,” in 1997. Since then, he’s released a total of five studio albums and, most recently, one mixtape. Last month, Puff Daddy announced a two-night “Bad Boy Family Reunion” concert for May. The showcase will bring together: Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Lil Kim, Mase, French Montana, Total, 112, and Mario Winans. The concert will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, in the hometown borough of Biggie Smalls. A hologram of Biggie is slated to appear on stage too.
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In addition to building his professional empire, Combs is equally focused on raising his children.
“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,” he confessed. “I stress the importance of that to my kids – that you can’t take having a family for granted.”
Diddy is currently working on his final album, “No Way Out 2.” The “Bad Boy Family Reunion” will take place May 20 and May 21.