“I’m going to put out my last album and devote 100 percent of my time to doing films…” ~ Diddy in 2016.
That’s right; the “Bad Boy” of hip hop said last summer that he would retire from the rap game, and focus “100 percent” of his time on making movies.
Diddy (aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Combs) didn’t go into any details on how he plans to get more involved in film – whether acting, directing, producing, financing, etc; so we’ll just have to wait to find out. Although, over the weekend, his new documentary feature, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story,” was released over the weekend exclusively on Apple Music, after having its World Premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
The film, produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs and Heather Parry, alongside executive producers Michael Rapino, Andre Harrell and Alex Avant, explores the passion and personalities behind Bad Boy, and goes inside the ups and downs in the making of a movement and staging of an unprecedented musical event.
The film gives viewers a raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Sean “Diddy” Combs, as he tries to reunite his Bad Boy Family in the course of a frantic three week rehearsal period. As the biggest names from Bad Boy’s history prepare to celebrate the label’s 20th anniversary, the film traces the label’s emergence in Harlem and Brooklyn, follows its meteoric rise, explores the tragic killing of Biggie Smalls, and celebrates Bad Boy’s influence on music, fashion, marketing and culture – all while revealing the love and commitment that form the bonds between the Bad Boy family.
The film culminates with the May 20th and 21st, 2016 performances at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn when artists including Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim, Ma$e, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, and The Lox perform hit after hit to sold out crowds.
But “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story” is apparently only the beginning, as Diddy tells Complex in a new interview that the film is actually the first in what will be a trilogy.
Here’s the key part of the interview:
COMPLEX: You’ve been filming this since you were 19? Have you always been filming yourself with the idea of putting together a doc at some point?
DIDDY: Yeah, this is part one of a trilogy. It was always an idea in my head that albums and certain lives are gonna actually be filmed live and then made into films. [I knew] that was how history would be told, and from recognizing that at a young age I always planned to [implement that]. Not to be self-serving but just to tell the truth, whether [the story is] good or bad, that’s how it really [happened].
COMPLEX: But the ultimate plan is to release two more?
DIDDY: Yeah, the ultimate plan is definitely to release two more. If you see me in there talking about a trilogy, that’s what I’m manifesting.
He unfortunately doesn’t go into detail about what exactly the second 2 films will showcase, or when they can be expected, so stay tuned. But I assume it’s all part of his previously announced effort to focus 100% on filmmaking, and that we’ll be seeing even more from him cinematically, beyond this documentary trilogy.
Diddy certainly isn’t a stranger to the film business, appearing in films like “Draft Day,” “Training Day,” “Monster’s Ball,” “Get Him to the Greek” and “Rush Hour 4.” He’s also contributed behind-the-scenes, producing, scoring, and even directing. So his decision to devote all of his time to making movies after his last album, could include anyone of those things.