“If I’m not inspiring you at this point, you’re a lost hope.” – Diddy interviewed by Playboy

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Interviewed by Vibe Editor In Chief, Jermaine Hall, Sean Combs gives a fairly frank interview (though always holding something back – because “Privacy is a sexy thing to have”) for Playboy‘s January 2010 issue. Covering everything from his role in hip hop and having others write his rhymes  – to Biggie’s death, trying to lose his virginity at the age of 7, selling drugs for 48 hours and love/relationships/monogamy – Diddy is self-assured as ever. Here are some excerpts…

On his own accomplishments:
“If I’m not inspiring you at this point, you’re a lost hope. I’m one of the baddest motherfuckers to ever do this shit, and I’m not saying that in an arrogant way. That’s a fact, in black and white. I dare you to write down all my achievements. It will be overwhelming. Break it down and then say who’s number one in hip-hop. Who else has conquered television? Who else has conquered fashion? I don’t want to hear you have a fashion line. Do you have a Council of Fashion Designers of America award? I need to know. Have you run a marathon? If you all still want to fuck with me after I ran the marathon, I don’t know what else to do.”

On sex:
“When I was 13, and I felt I was a porno star because I’d been watching porn for so long. In the Bronx you could get a hotel for an hour. I always had $20 or $30 to take a chick to a hotel. I’m proud to say I love sex. You might catch me in a porn store at any given moment—it ain’t nothing I’m ashamed of. If they start sending freaks to jail, I’m guilty as charged.”

On J-Lo:
“It was a different type of feeling. It was being in love with somebody who understands who you are because they are exactly like you. A lot of times in relationships, the other person can’t understand you because they’re not like you. We were alike in terms of being ambitious, where we were from and our passions.”

On love and relationships:
“When you love hard, you would actually die for somebody. And it hurts to know the person you’d die for won’t even handle life’s pain for you. When you experience that, it makes you scared to love, but it’s the most beautiful love to have.”

On his new album:
“Lyrically this is one of the best albums out there, and I’m proud to say I co-wrote almost the whole thing.

PLAYBOY: People say you’ve lost your passion for music.

COMBS: I agree. It’s hard to stay passionate. It’s hard to go from working with artists such as Biggie, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci and the LOX to the new generation of artists. The rules of the game have changed.

PLAYBOY: How have the rules changed?

COMBS: Artistry is not encouraged. You’re expected to deliver a record that fits in a nice comfortable box for everybody. Wack shit gets played on the radio and becomes number one. If you look at the records made in the past five years, which ones are going to be played 10 years from now? I’m not hating; that’s real talk. People can say whatever they want about me, but six or seven of my records are played every night. “It’s All About the Benjamins” is the most-played hip-hop record of all time. What other record is played in every country at a party every night? There’s only one other record, and that’s the second-most-played hip-hop record, “I’ll Be Missing You.” How in the hell does P. Diddy—Puff Daddy—have the number one and number two most-played songs? Let’s talk about the factual information, and after that leave me alone and let me get on this last train to Paris and ride into the sunset. [laughs]

PLAYBOY: You sound frustrated about the state of hip-hop.

COMBS: This is not something I need to do financially. At the end of the day, I question what my future is in music. Do I still want to play the game under these rules?”

>> Read the full interview over at Playboy.com.

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