When someone mentions Bad Boy Records, you think of Sean "Diddy" Combs. The label CEO and chief producer has made his presence known on almost all of his label's releases, whether he's contributing beats, lyrics or his over-the-top ad-libs ("thought I told ya that we won't stop" or "take that, take that"). So when MTV News asked [artist id="2561902"]Gorilla Zoe[/artist] about Diddy's involvement in his upcoming Bad Boy release, King Kong, we were surprised to hear the mogul was falling back.
"He's hands-off right now," the Hood Figga told us. "I'm hands-on this project, I'm working."
The album — set to drop June 14 on Block Ent./ Bad Boy — is Zoe's third solo affair. Although he came in the game as a part of the unapologetically street rap quartet Boyz N Da Hood, Zoe began to branch out with his 2009 single "Lost." Rather than weave his usual trap tales, on "Lost," Zoe sang in Auto-Tune of his deep-rooted paranoia and questioned his place in the world.
On King Kong, GZ says he's exhibiting even more growth. "King Kong, immaculate album. Sonically, the diversity and the demographics of it is widespread; anywhere from the hood, the trap, to Europe. That's crazy demographics; especially for me," he added.
For much of his career, Zoe has worked independent of the Bad Boy founder, who hasn't appeared on or produced any of his two previous albums, and this time out is no different. Mostly, Zoe has been following the guidance of Block Ent. CEO, Russell "Block" Spencer. In the studio, however, it has been the rapper leading the charge. "Block does his CEO thing, but musically they letting me do my thing," Zoe said.
"King Kong features Gucci Mane, T-Pain and Yo Gotti and will boast beats from Zaytoven, Drumma Boy and newcomer [article id="1664327"]Sonny Digital[/article], who Zoe said produced roughly half of the album. Zoe's first single, "Twisted," features Lil Jon and, for now, no Diddy.
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