‘I will al­ways be around mu­sic’

Puff Daddy on the way out

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - ARTS & LIFE - By Jonathan Lan­drum Jr.

AT­LANTA — Puff Daddy is close to the fin­ish line as a record­ing artist.

But first, the per­former wants to go out with a bang, start­ing with the release of his well-re­ceived mix­tape, MMM (Money Making Mitch), on iTunes Fri­day. The mix­tape serves as the pre­quel to No Way Out 2, Puff Daddy’s fi­nal al­bum to be re­leased next year.

“I’m just fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of (Frank) Si­na­tra,” said the rap­per, born Sean Combs, in an in­ter­view Wed­nes­day. “It feels good to end some­thing on your terms that you worked so hard to build.”

MMM was ini­tially re­leased free on Nov. 4 — the Grammy win­ner’s 46th birth­day. The mix­tape gar­nered pos­i­tive re­views and fea­tured artists like Fu­ture, Lil Kim, Jadakiss, French Mon­tana and oth­ers.

Combs said he felt com­pelled to rere­lease the mix­tape af­ter hear­ing the “over­whelm­ing de­mand” from fans and col­leagues to sell it. The reis­sue will in­clude a new in­ter­lude and two ad­di­tional tracks.

“I was sur­prised that af­ter peo­ple had a chance to have it for free, they still want to buy it,” he said. “I heard about the ef­fect that Ken­drick (La­mar) had when he let ev­ery­body hear his al­bum for a week for free be­fore they could buy it. It just shows that if it’s qual­ity, peo­ple have a de­mand for it.”

Af­ter his record­ing ca­reer is done, Combs said he plans to travel and spend more time with his six chil­dren while plot­ting his next steps in life. But he said he won’t dis­ap­pear com­pletely from the mu­sic scene.

“I will al­ways be around mu­sic,” said Combs, who owns the tele­vi­sion net­work Re­volt.

He will hit the stage for Fox’s Pit­bull’s New Year’s Revo­lu­tion, air­ing live on Dec. 31 from Miami. It will also in­clude Tim­ba­land, Em­pire ac­tor-singer Jussie Smol­lett, Earth, Wind & Fire and Austin Ma­hone.

Af­ter the show, Combs will host a pri­vate af­ter-hours event to bring in the new year.

“We’re do­ing a count­down to 3 a.m.,” said Combs. “A lot of my friends out there have shows. We’ll all get to­gether, say our prayers, give thanks and bring in the new year the right way.” Lis­ten to Puff Daddy’s MMM al­bum at



Puff Daddy will release his fi­nal al­bum in 2016.


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