Diddy Says "It's A Shock To People That I Write My Own Rhymes."
Whether it's his previous three full-length albums or countless guest appearances, Diddy has never made a secret about employing ghostwriters. While he's used less recognizable artists like Sauce Money, Skillz and Smitty in the past, he's enlisted the likes of Common, Nas, Pharoahe Monch and Talib Kweli for Press Play. Diddy also penned some of the rhymes for the first time in his career for the LP.
"That's just for this album. We haven't really put out that release yet. But it's something that people will know before the album drops. It is a shock and a surprise to people," Diddy said. "A lot of the writers, cause I'm such a perfectionist, were tired of me just saying, nah I don't like that, I don't like that...it's like, 'why don't you try it so you can see how hard it is.' So a lot of things I was coming up with were getting ripped up and thrown out. It was a crazy exercise for me and really helped me get to another level. You can hear, I think in the vocals cause it's another level of belief in what I'm saying."
In related news, the mogul recently agreed to drop his Diddy moniker in the UK as part of an out of court settlement with English music producer Richard "Diddy" Dearlove.
"In the UK I gotta call myself P. Diddy cause somebody got the name Diddy," Diddy shared. It's just how the game goes. You have to have your name trademarked and if you come late in the game trying to get a name somebody already has, you gotta let them rock with it. Luckily for me I had numerous names so I was able to just switch over to one of the other ones."
Diddy's Press Play is scheduled to hit stores October 17th