News: Diddy Discusses Retiring From Drug Game, "God Was Sending Me Signals"
Friday, Dec 11, 2009 11:40AM
Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy recently discussed his short-lived career as a drug dealer during his youth and revealed what made him give up the crack game for the rap game.
While speaking in an exclusive interview with Playboy Magazine, Puff dished about his fear of being caught by law enforcement.
"Some of my friends were selling drugs in the Maryland and (Washington) D.C. area. I remember them having all this jewelery and new BMWs. I was eating Romain noodles, stealing from the 7-Eleven to get some food. I thought, 'I need to get some money like y'all have.' I thought, 'I need to get some money like y'all have.' So I go out on the block, the strip where they're selling drugs, and my man says, 'OK, I'm going to give you this. You wait there. They'll come up to you.' I'm out there five minutes when three cop cars pull up and officers jump out and start chasing me. I ran and got away... God was sending me signals. I told my friends, 'Thanks, y'all, but no thanks. This game is not for me.' I walked out that door, and I ain't been around nobody with no drugs. I don't want to see no drugs. I'm probably the shortest-duration drug dealer in history. That's why you never heard me talk about it in my rhymes." (Contact Music)
Diddy's late father was reportedly involved in drug operations with famed kingpin Frank Lucas.
Combs was born in the public housing projects of the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the son of Janice and Melvin Combs. He grew up in Mount Vernon. When Combs was a child, his father, aged 33, an associate of Frank Lucas the New York drug lord, was shot dead in his car at a Manhattan park after attending a party. Lucas and rival gangster Nicky Barnes both publicly state that they were close to Melvin. (Wikipedia)
Around 2007, Lucas also confirmed his association with Puff's father.
"I know Melvin Combs ... He was a [hustler] Big Time ... I'm sorry Puff, but I gotta tell it like it is," he said in an interview. "Yeah ... he was right there [on my level]. I remember one time he got locked up on 3rd Avenue and 139th St ... He got locked up with like a kilo of cocaine ... I had to pay like $36,000 to get him out of jail, you know. Shortly after that [Diddy's father] got killed. (Media Take Out)
Diddy also co-starred in the drug-based film, Carlito's Way; Rise to Power around 2005.
In the 60's, the Puerto Rican Carlito Brigante, the Afro-American Earl and the Italian Rocco become best friends while in prison. When they are released, Rocco intermediates a heroin business with a family of the Italian Mafia leaded by Artie Badalato Sr. Carlito negotiates with the lord Leroy "Hollywood Nicky" Barnes the area where the trio could operate in his neighborhood and sooner the three friends become powerful. Later, Carlito dates and has an affair with the beautiful Leticia. When Earl decides to move to Barbados with his girlfriend and leave the heroin business, his stupid younger brother causes a situation with the Italian mobsters, and Carlito and Rocco have to resolve the mess to save their lives. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (IMDb)