July 30 [7:55 EDT] -- After owning the number one single in the country for a good chunk of this year, hip-hop mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs is no doubt headed for the upper reaches of the "Billboard" album chart next week.
Puff Daddy's solo debut, "No Way Out," featuring his chart-topping tracks "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" and "I'll Be Missing You," arrived in record stores last week.
However, as Puffy recently told MTV News, the highly anticipated album underwent a few changes after the death of his friend, the Notorious B.I.G.
"My album was called 'Hell Up In Harlem' before," Puffy noted. "It was stuff that me and Biggie did. Stuff that he helped me with, but that was more just like the lighter side. Just me and what I was about, 'cause I'm just about having a good time, partying, making a positive situation out of living in a negative world. So that's what that album is about, and 'No Way Out' was just about the
reality that there is no way out for me. Where am I gonna run? I can't run or hide or give up. Whatever realities I'm having to face, I've gotta face 'em like a man." [1.1MB QuickTime]
Meanwhile, Combs continues his quest for the title of "The Hardest Working Man In Hip-Hop." He has just finished producing a new Mariah Carey single, "Honey," and has now started working as executive producer on a new album by L.L. Cool J.