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P. Diddy on
P. Diddy was lost, now he's found
"14 hot records that are gonna make you dance"
hated, loved, hated
death of the "Shiny Suit Guy"
success + $ = moving target
parental warning: no profanity
don't fear the gospel
"we don't have nothing to hide"
three the hard way
rocking at the "Monster's Ball"
Watch P. Diddy
"Bad Boy for Life" [RealVideo]
"Can't Believe" Faith Evans feat. Carl Thomas [RealVideo]
"Let's Get It" G-Dep feat. P. Diddy and Black Rob [RealVideo]
"My Best Friend" [RealVideo]
"It's All About The Benjamins" [RealVideo]
"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" [RealVideo]
"I'll Be Missing You" [RealVideo]
"Been Around The World" [RealVideo]
"Come With Me" [RealVideo]
Listen to P. Diddy
"Blast Off" [RealAudio]
"Diddy" [RealAudio]
"The Saga Continues" [RealAudio]
"Satisfy You" [RealAudio]
"P.E. 2000" [RealAudio]
"Come With Me" [RealAudio]
"Its All About The Benjamins" (Remix) [RealAudio]
"Let's Get It" G-Dep feat. P. Diddy and Black Rob [RealAudio]
"Best Friend" [RealAudio]
  



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The formula for Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' success as a "solo" artist is simple: value your family. Although he had outside help from friends such as Ginuwine, Twista and Foxy Brown on his solo debut, 1997's No Way Out, it was then-Bad Boys Mase, Notorious B.I.G. and the LOX who dominated the album's tracks.

Like a movie director making a cameo in his own film, Combs was more of an organizer, giving his young protégés a chance to get their shine on while he dropped a verse or two on each track.

After being acquitted on charges of bribery and gun possession in a closely watched trial earlier this year, P. Diddy is reborn on his just- released third album, P. Diddy & the Bad Boy Family — The Saga Continues ... On it, P.D. flaunts his rebuilt roster of hungry young rhyme gladiators and hints that his struggles have made him a different man. Although it's going be difficult to duplicate Bad Boy's incredible 1994-97 run of hits, P.D.'s latest single, "Bad Boy for Life," proclaims he's up to the challenge. As he told MTV News' Sway, he's rested, rejuvenated and ready to retake his throne. Just don't expect him to be rocking that shiny suit again.

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Sway: Last time we talked it was right after the trial, and you told me you were going to take some time off, maybe six months. You were going to see the world, find yourself, then come back. What happened?

P. Diddy: It happened, [but] in a shorter time. I've never really taken more than four days off, so it was a lot for me to go away for three and a half months. I went all over Europe. I walked on a whole bunch of beaches and I did a lot of thinking. I spent a lot of time in Miami. [A] couple of illegal lane changes here and there. [Laughs] At night I would get a little bored. I'm hyperactive, and I went in the studio and I would just start making records, for no reason. I haven't had the chance to make music for a year and a half.

A couple people started knocking on my door ... all the artists [on my label] I was neglecting my whole trial period. Hanging out turned into us making records together. Then we got 10 songs ... and we was like, "Hold up, we got a little album here." We were going to put out a compilation album, [with] individual cuts from each artist. But after I had this album finished, I said, "I'm going to keep "Let's Get it" and the Faith [Evans]/Carl [Thomas] joint ["Can't Believe"]. ... And I'm gonna put those two on the album with these cuts that I did. I'm just gonna throw out something for the summer." [RealVideo]




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