P. Diddy, a.k.a. Love, reveals a new project he’s been working on with Jay-Z as he discusses everything from depression to friend Biggie’s horrific murder in a tell-all new interview with GQ.
Diddy, 48, a.k.a. Sean Combs, says he’s spoken to Jay-Z, also 48, about developing an app that will allow users to easily identify the black-owned businesses in their area.
“This is not about taking away from any other community,” he says. “We’ll still go to Chinatown. We’ll still buy Gucci! But the application will make it possible for us to have an economic community. It’s about blacks gaining economic power.
“I don’t believe in passiveness. At some point there has to be some kind of fight. I feel like we’ve done a lot of marching. It’s time to start charging.”
Love is also asked about “what kept him hungry,” after being in the industry for so long: “My culture. I want to be an authentic, unapologetic warrior for black culture and the culture of the street and how it moves. My thing is most importantly to change the narrative of the black race. I can’t relate to anything that isn’t about that.”
“The Four” judge’s candid chat also sees him open up about the tragic death of his friend The Notorious B.I.G., who was shot dead in Los Angeles 21 years ago.
Speaking about whether or not he’s spoken to a therapist about the murder, Diddy explains: “Nah. I haven’t dealt with any of that yet. I try to get into it, but… that’s something that just hurts so bad. That’s a time that’s still suppressed.”
He also mentions the depression he suffered two and a half years ago after developing an addiction to his phone.
However, Combs insists that once he felt “far away from God” he sought help by visiting Sedona, Arizona, where he “reconnected with his magic.”