News: Diddy Details Interscope/Bad Boy Movement, "We Looking To Sign New Acts" [Video]
Thursday, Oct 15, 2009 4:15PM
Diddy has offered more details about his new recording contract with Interscope Records and promised his Bad Boy artists still remaining on Atlantic Records would continue to be taken care of.
Appearing on "106 & Park," Puff officially announced the beginning of his Bad Boy/Interscope "era."
"Dirty Money is on Interscope," Diddy explained in an interview. "Shout-out to my Atlantic family, we had a great run over at Atlantic but the way I can kinda explain it to you is almost like when Alex Rodriguez was a free agent and signing to the Yankees and I got this opportunity to rock right now with Jimmy Iovine, with my future endeavors. So I'm not leaving my groups over there, I still got Day26, they're still on the label, also Janelle Monae, so I'm still working on Atlantic with those things. So all my future endeavors will be on Interscope, so the Bad Boy/Interscope Era has begun. Let's get it...We're looking to sign new acts, nothing's really changed. It's just the future. It's hard for people to understand it...I'm going for my ring right now, I'm going for my championship." ("106 & Park")
According to Puff, his new home with Interscope labelhead Jimmy Iovine will allow him to release his upcoming Last Train To Paris through the company.
"I had started some previous business relationships with Jimmy Iovine," Diddy said in an interview. "We had a great chemistry with each other. When I sat down with Julie [Greenwald, Atlantic COO] and told them that I had an interest to go sign with Jimmy and they didn't make it rough for me. Lyor [Cohen, WMG Chairman] and Julie were nice enough to let me get my [Bad Boy] name. I was able to take the name over to Interscope and to still in stay in business with them. I am not abandoning any of my artists over there, I still have that imprint. But all my future recordings, including my recording contract, that will be at Interscope Records...We are going to take our time with the amount of acts that we sign...We want to find those very unique artists. We want to build something very special that's not already out there." (All Hip Hop)
Iovine has also confirmed Puff's landing at Interscope.
"Puff is a rare person in the music industry today, that can move the culture in many areas - fashion, TV, music - as well as making records," he said in a statement. "Whenever a free agent like him comes along, which is rare, you grab him." (PR Newswire)
While an exact release date has not yet been narrowed down, Puff said his Interscope Records debut will receive full support from Iovine.
"The Last Train to Paris album is definitely a perfect fit for the whole Interscope system, because the album is pushing the envelope, it's something fresh and it's something new," Diddy said in an interview. "And we know that when Interscope gets behind an album and gets behind an artist that it breaks big...The thing about the album, it's not about the features. Each artist, they got down with the story line, they got down with the movement. I think that's when features work -- when people come into your work and they adapt to what you're trying to portray." For the album, Diddy has lined up some big names to join him including Drake, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and possibly Jay-Z. (MTV)
Check out Diddy's "106 & Park" interview below: