“And a final album is a great place to stop. I want to take a victory lap, to do a world tour and really enjoy it once last time.”
Bad Boy Records CEO, Sean “Diddy” Combs, appeared in Cigar Aficionado’s June issue, where he explained his plans to retire after 23 years of being a prominent figure in the entertainment and music businesses. “I’m going to put out my last album and [then] devote 100% of my time to doing films…I want to stop at a great place.” Talk about going out on top, he’s been topping “Richest Rapper” lists since the 90s and has amassed a net worth of $735 million throughout his historic career.
He’s worn many hats since emerging from his seminal role at Uptown Records producing for artists such as Mary J Blige [whom he took under his wing early in her career] and taking over the game with his artists Biggie Smalls and Craig Mack. From being CEO of Bad Boy Entertainment, home of artists LOX, Faith Evans, MA$E, 112 — and many more — to his hip clothing line, Sean John, he’s truly diversified his portfolio. He also owns Revolt-TV Network, and alcohol beverage Ciroc (I’m sure you’ve heard of it).
As an artist, Diddy initially made a splash on the mic when he recorded the Grammy-award winning tribute song “I’ll be Missing You,” after Biggie was tragically murdered back in 1997. The song became a massive hit and propelled Diddy’s debut album, No Way Out, which sold 3.4 million copies. Since then Diddy has put out numerous albums and launched many business endeavors. He’s a firm believer in reaching your goals with a passion for success. His entrepreneurial story resonates with so many people who look up to him.
The man who brought Hip-hop to life with his high-energy demeanor will very much be missed in the music business, but he might return like Jay-Z and Too $hort; however if his past performances in films like “Get Him To The Greek” are any indication, we’re in for a treat.