It’s nice to have friends in high places. And it’s hard to reach a higher place than the lofty throne Diddy occupies.
In the May issue of Forbes, the esteemed venture capitalist and veteran hip-hop impresario rang in at no. 1 on the financial magazine’s list of wealthiest figures in hip-hop. Atop an estimated net worth of $820 million, it’s not unfeasible that the rags-to-riches rapper will soon be adding the profession of “billionaire” to his résumé (assuming he still sees fit to update that old thing).
So what’s hip-hop’s utmost minted producer doing running around with a 22-year-old independent rapper who on “Unorthodox” once spat, “I grind with the grimiest“?
Well, it certainly looks as though music is on the way, in some capacity, between the strange bedfellows.
This weekend I went into the studio for the first time in a year. It was a beautiful experience… pic.twitter.com/gnuo0uSLi4
— Sean Diddy Combs (@diddy) May 15, 2017
A forthcoming project was first indicated last month when Diddy tweeted a video out featuring a tidily edited studio montage that appeared as though intended to be promotional.
The brief clip didn’t reveal too much, aside from the collaborators, including Joey Bada$$ and Swizz Beatz, laboring over studio gear and instruments—including a vibraphone, no less.
Diddy boasted that it was his first time visiting the studio in a year.
On Joey Badazz’s Instagram weeks later a black-and-white still was shared of the three in the studio, sealing the validity of the collaboration.
According to Statik Selektah, who XXL reports recently dished on the Joey-and-Diddy bromance on ItsTheReal’s A Waste of Time podcast, without revealing much, explained that the two had first hit it off at Rolling Loud, the annual Maimi hip-hop festival put on by Dope Entertainment. This, according to Selektah, explains the Instagram posts, adding: “What’s about to happen next is going to be great.”
British tabloid, the Daily Mail, spotted Mr. Combs (“Father-of-six”!) alongside Joey at a Miami nightclub Rolling Loud weekend among an entourage of dignified music industry figures.
Listen to the full Statik Selektah interview below: