Diddy Wouldn’t Mind Being An Opening Act


John Kennedy / October 20, 2009

Followers of Diddy’s Twitter page know that he loves turkey sandwiches. But after premiering the first video from his group, Dirty Money’s “Angels” on BET’s 106 & Park, it seems that he’s been snacking on humble pie.

Prepping for the release of the group’s debut album Last Train to Paris, the man that sold out arenas with hip-hop’s shiniest spectacle, the No Way Out tour just over a decade ago, said that he wouldn’t mind performing at smaller spots or even opening for another artist.

“This time it’s a different approach,” Diddy told VIBE of his touring plans for Dirty Money alongside his band mates Dawn and Kalenna. “We’re more open to going into intimate venues. We’re more open to go out with people we [usually] wouldn’t go out with to touch different crowds. And we really don’t care about headlining. Somebody else can headline and we’ll go on before them. We just want to entertain the people and have them see us and hear us. Because, at the end of the day, I started the stadium tours, so I don’t have anything to prove from that angle.”

Puff says his modest forecast comes from a long, well-accomplished career. Responsible for the careers of The Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige and hits with everyone from Sting to Keyshia Cole, he’s just happy that he can still turn on the radio and hear his songs.

“After you’ve done all the bragging and all the competing, then you get left with a beautiful gift, a chance to just entertain and be an artist. I would love for other artists to be able to experience what I’m experiencing now. I’m in no competition with Jay-Z, Kanye or Drake. I’m just here, in this little lane, doing what we’re doing.”

Aside all the unassuming talk, Dirty Money’s front man is confident about how their album, 80 percent complete, is coming along. But there is one problem, he joked.

“We have about 55 joints recorded,” Diddy revealed. “And all 55 of those are crazy. [Laughs] But we want to make sure we bring it down to the right 12 to 14 [songs]. You don’t want to overdo it.”

Nothing is definite yet, but he did say that Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Drake and Jay Electronica reached out with contributions to the set. What’s for sure is that we can expect a new video for his upcoming single, “Someone to Love,” soon. It’s was shot a few weeks ago by director and photographer Nabil Elderkin, who also directed Kanye West’s “Paranoid” and “Welcome to Heartbreak” visuals earlier this year, and more recently photographed Kanye’s Glow In The Dark tour book, which hit stores today (October 20).

“Nabil is one of the creative geniuses that we’re calling out right now,” Puff said, adding that he’s also worked with Hype Williams and [photographer] Terry Richardson, among lesser-known directors. “We’re shooting a lot of videos on this project. He was great to work with. It was probably the first video where I didn’t really know what was going on. I just showed up to the set and it worked right.” -Brad Wete

Dirty Money’s Last Train to Paris pulls in to a store near you early 2010. Stay tuned to VIBE.com for exclusive sitdowns with Diddy, Dawn and Kaleena.