P. Diddy Can't Help But Make A Solo Album

Bad Boy compilation morphs into label CEO's third solo LP.

Didn't P. Diddy learn from watching Jay-Z and Trick Daddy? Making a compilation is kind of difficult when you're used to running the show — you can't avoid putting your own stamp on the album.

Just like Jigga and Trick did with The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000 and Thugs Are Us, respectively, Bad Boy's CEO and top-selling artist now says his label's collective effort, P. Diddy and the Bad Boy Family ... The Saga Continues ..., will be his third solo album.

"It started off as a compilation and it turned into my album," Diddy said Saturday in Los Angeles after the taping of the MTV Movie Awards. "We're taking it back to the way No Way Out was. I'm taking more of the producer's role, [but] I'm rapping on a couple of records."

Diddy's role changed from supervisory to more hands-on as the album's production progressed, according to his spokesperson. In addition to the album's first two singles, "Let's Get It" by Three The ... and Faith Evans' "Can't Believe," the new Diddy album will feature tracks from Bad Boy newcomers such as Cheri Dennis and the Hoodfellas.

"We're just like sneaking [the album] in for the summer," Diddy said of his game plan. "It's something we're not hyping up. If you love hip-hop and you just wanna dance and have a good time, that's what this album is about."

Diddy's last album, 1999's Forever, found the artist formerly known as Puff going outside of his camp to share mic time with such artists as R. Kelly, Redman, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z and Nas. Despite its lineup of heavyweights, Forever was considered a critical and financial disappointment. The follow-up to his seven-times platinum debut, No Way Out, Forever sold 1 million copies.

Bad Boy's bossman is promising to release a true compilation this summer in the form of the long-talked-about gospel album, Thank You. Diddy said the money from the sales of the LP, which features 112 and Carl Thomas, among others, will go to various charities.

P. Diddy and the Bad Boy Family ... The Saga Continues ... is due to hit stores on July 10, while Bad Boy hopes to release Thank You in August.