“Don’t worry if I write rhymes, I write checks,” he told the world back in 2001, shining the spotlight on what there had been rumblings about for years. In the time since that memorable “Bad Boy For Life” drop, the mogul and his collaborators have become increasingly open on the subject. Pharoahe Monch, Red Café, Jody Breeze and more have dished on playing Casper the Friendly Ghostwriter for Puff.
In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Diddy opened up about his process for Last Train to Paris, which officially dropped yesterday. “I used to just sit down and have my lyrics given to me, but because this album is so personal I really had to sit down and say what’s on my mind,” he said. Gotta say, we applaud the honesty. (Although this did remind us of something he told People in 2006 around the time of the release of his last album, Press Play. “On a lot of the other records, to be honest, I didn’t do a whole lot of writing,” he admitted. “On this one, I did a lot. And I exposed myself with everybody’s most sensitive subject, and that’s the subject of love.” All good, though.)
“I get the idea of the song,” he continued to NY Mag, “I go in the studio, I mumble the melody, I put down a couple of catchphrases, I work it as far as I can. And then I bring in a co-writer that’s good for the song. A Drake, or a Rick Ross, or even a Jay-Z.”
“I don’t really care what other people think. I know I co-wrote more than half of my album, which is the most I’ve ever written in my life. On my own projects.”
Again, props for the honesty, and we’re happy that this oft-delayed album is finally hitting our eardrums. That said, we figured we’d take Diddy’s words to the bank—or, more accurately, to the liner notes of the album. So here, we present to you, Last Train to Paris (and some earlier moments in Diddy’s career), By The Numbers.