In a new interview with Diddy, the Grammy-winning artist opens up about a whole host of issues ranging from the portrayal of women in rap music, to the racism faced by African Americans.
Speaking with ES Magazine, Sean Combs recalls the gang warfare during the early days of his music career, saying that time felt “very stressful, very dangerous.”
“Everyone was in a war zone,” Puff Daddy says. “It was so big, so global, so crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that happen. The whole world split and everyone had to choose a side.”
Speaking on the issue of sexism in rap lyrics, the rapper says, “It’s something I am focused on as a person with cultural influence. It’s a cliche. There’s still some of that in hip-hop, but I would say it was 75 per cent less than it was.” He goes on to add that, “the best way is by leading by example and showing that generation that our queens are important.”
It’s not just the depiction of women that Diddy is interested in. He’s extremely concerned about the racism faced by black people in America.
To this day, the perception and treatment of the African American man and woman is a human-rights crime,” he says. “Just like killing people, to starve and not educate people, to keep people suppressed and not give them human rights is a crime. And [this situation] changes the mental state of the African American community. It gives you PTSD. You have a place where you have no education, where you could be killed.”
He also doesn’t put much stock in the fact that wealthy black celebrities exist. “Like people think because you get 10 of us – like Obama, Oprah, LeBron, me – everything’s okay. But we can count, you know. There are millions of blacks in America. We just want to be treated fairly,” he explains.
Pointing to the fact that he is one of the only black TV network owners as an example, Diddy says, “That kind of really shows you how unfair the playing field is. Out of 1,000 channels there’s only one that somebody black owns.”
The full interview Sean Combs appears in this week’s issue of ES Magazine.