Last week, Puffy (I’ll always call him that, no matter how many unnecessary name changes he goes through) released a new mixtape. ‘Wait, Sean Combs released a new mixtape?!’ you ask. ‘I thought all he did was sell Ciroc these days.’ Yea, me too. I kinda assumed that Puff had just thrown in his rapper card, and had decided to stick to the behind the scenes stuff. But now, with the release of his sixth project, I have to admit, I’m glad Puff is back. It’s become more and more clear to me that the music game NEEDS Puffy.
You see, Puff is an entertainer. He’s been creating good music, and filling my ears with joy, ever since I can remember. And now he’s back. Although I’m glad, I don’t think Puff gets the credit he deserves for being…well, a genius.
But when I hear other people talk about Puffy, they don’t seem as fond as him…and I can’t figure out why. I thought it was evident to the entire world that this man is a NECESSITY?
I mean, let’s be honest, there will never be another music video like this.
Puffy is truly in a league of his own. I don’t care how poorly he raps…that simply isn’t the point. You see, Puffy gives you a FEELING when you listen to anything creates. A larger than life, swaggy ass feeling that only he can provide. We GOTTA admit that.
I mean, who else is going to make this their album cover?
He’s not talking about drinking syrup or shooting people…he’s talking about flashy jewels, sexing beautiful women, and partying like it’s 1999. We need that.
Who else is gonna dig up Lil Kim and Jadakiss and put them on a song? Who else is gonna give us 90’s rap in 2015? NOBODY. That’s who.
What Diddy has is PASSION-something a lot of these newer artists are lacking. Here’s why Puff is different: He came up in an era where people had to hustle to get recognized in the industry. Nowadays everything is so EASY. Social media makes it so very easy for horrible artists to become overnight celebrities.
Puff came up in the era of A&R scouts, where getting signed to a label was no easy feat. Everybody had to HUSTLE.
I think it’s evident that Diddy never lost that hustle, and that’s probably why he makes more money than damn near everybody in the game. Personally, I think Puffy being around motivates everybody else to do better. If he falls off the map, never to be heard from again, I’m kinda scared of what might happen. He offers a healthy competition aspect to the game that it desperately needs. Instead of going back and forth with other artists via social media like some of these newer artists, Puffy just talks sh*t to nobody in particular, and personally, I get a real kick out of it.
But the man’s a living legend, so he can do that.
Let’s be clear: THIS IS LEGENDARY. BRILLIANT. BOSS.
So here’s the bottom line-I don’t care how bad of a rapper Puffy is. He can keep putting out music for as long as he damn well pleases, if I have anything to say about it. Like it or not, Puff is a breath of fresh air in a culture that has seemed to have forgotten what the essence of Hip Hop looks like. Fortunately, Puff doesn’t really have that problem. All he has to do is look in the mirror.