Rap mogul Diddy has announced that his upcoming Last Train to Paris album will feature a collaboration with rapper T.I.
According to Diddy, the solo project will drop in early summer.
“Daddy’s home baby! I’m here playing Last Train to Paris for the Interscope staff,” Diddy told radio host Tim Westwood. “The US release date is June 22nd. So I’m letting you know, it’s breaking news right here. Letting the world know, June 22nd. Why is it June 22nd? Because we want to set it up the right way. We wanna take our time, drop two more singles, drop a bunch of videos, we wanna come over here and do some shows and small venues, we wanna connect with some UK artists — as a matter of fact, I have this record called ‘Hello, Good Morning’ and I’m looking, for the American version, T.I.’s on it, I’m looking to build with a UK artist for the UK version. I wanna do something real real special.” (Tim Westwood TV)
Diddy said he is also saving space for artists like singer Janelle Monae.
“On Last Train to Paris, Wayne is on the album, Drake is on the album, we’re trying to get Hov on the album, trying to get Janelle Monae on the album,” Diddy said in an interview. “Everybody that’s on the album, it’s not done in a regular appearance way. It’s done in a unique way that’s authentic. It’s not about a single or [album sales]. It doesn’t have that behind it. Wayne is on a record that’s called ‘Strobe Lights.’ It’s one of the first records where I hear him talking about love and how love has affected him. That’s the type of things I wanted to get out of people if they were on the album. I wanted people to get out of their comfortzone and do something that was special. He did the video for me over the weekend. ‘Strobe Lights,’ it’s gonna be tough.” (MTV)
Diddy recently said his rap lyrics have been improving.
“On the rap tip, everybody’s like, ‘Come on Puff, we want you to give it to us the way you used to,'” Puff explained to radiopersonality Tim Westwood. “Like, take it to the essence and I’m gonna be doing more of that stuff but also, on The Last Train to Paris, I’m evolving. It’s time to take some risks, it’s time for me to make some true soul music, a lot of records out right now don’t mean anything, they don’t have no depth and instead of me complaining about it, I wanted to do something to lead the way to show there’s other creative things you could do.” (Tim Westwood TV)
Last December, the mogul said he did not have a set date for the album.
Then there’s his coming album, Last Train to Paris, which was supposed to come out in September but has been pushed back to 2010. “I don’t know the exact month,” Diddy said about the release date. “We’re going to have it come out when it’s ready. We’re bringing everything together, editing it down. We did 60 songs. Also, we’re figuring out what’s missing.” (Chicago Tribune)
Check out Diddy’s interview with Tim Westwood down below: