Sean "Diddy" Combs shows love to Hollywood Tourists as he films scenes for hosting and producing the upcoming Billboard Awards

Diddy Announces First Solo Album In Years With Clip Of Late Kim Porter: 'My Heart Has Been Broken'

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on August 25, 2023 at 3:00 AM EDT

Sean "Diddy" Combs is back! The Hip-hop icon is making a grand return to music with a spectacular album about love.

The record producer needs little introduction as one of the most influential men in the entertainment industry. Besides his success as a solo artist, the rapper has paved the way for sensational stars like Usher and the Notorious B.I.G.

Given his undisputed G.O.A.T status, it is unsurprising the Bad Boy Records founder continues to receive recognition despite dropping his last album, "Press Play," in 2006. Now, the 53-year-old has ended his music hiatus with a star-studded project.

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Diddy Drops Emotional Trailer Featuring The Creative Process Behind His 'Love Era' Album

It has been over a decade since the New Yorker blessed the world with a solo album, but he recently announced his comeback with a nearly four-minute trailer for his upcoming collection, "The Love Album: Off the Grid."

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Sean "Diddy" Combs at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals
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The father of seven took to his Instagram page with a documentary-style teaser that captured several emotional moments about the project's creation. The R&B sensation said the album was his "love era."

The clip began with the chart-topper boarding private jets, swimming, crying, and even rare footage of the entertainer dancing with his late ex-girlfriend Kim Porter — who passed away in November 2018 after a cardiac arrest —As these picturesque scenes flashed across the screen. The "Coming Home" artist reflected on his life and career.

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"Why am I doing this?" Diddy asked in the opening monologue. "You know what I'm saying? Especially with the success that I've had. Especially where my life is. How stressful and treacherous this music industry is. Why would I just come back here and have to do something I don't have to do?"

"My heart has been broken. I've still got that question of, like, 'Am I ever gonna love again?'" The 53-year-old added that a timely moment showed him laughing in a car with Yung Miami. The rapper and the City Girls songstress have been romantically linked since 2022.

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The video then cuts to the record producer singing in the background as clips of him enjoying the finest things in life played on the screen. The documentary continued with studio scenes showing the creative process behind the upcoming album.

The entrepreneur then discussed the inspiration for his new project, saying, "We are in the love era. That's the frequency I'm asking you all to be a part of… I'm developing something where you can listen to your heart and how you feel."

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To give fans the emotional masterpiece of a lifetime, the "Hello Good Morning" hitmaker enlisted the services of some of the biggest names in the music industry. The video included stars like Justin Bieber, the Weeknd, Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, Teyana Taylor, French Montana, and Babyface.

"I want that shit to be coming from your heart. I don't make an algorithm; I make a feeling. We want to give them something they can sing," Diddy raved in the footage while addressing his collaborators.

"People said, do you want streams? I said I want souls…I had to go off the grid to lock in 'cause I was so addicted to my phone, so addicted to my work, so addicted to the bullshit," the New Yorker explained, hinting at the meaning behind his album's name.

The Three-Time Grammy Winner's New Album Is Like His 'Second Chance In Life

Diddy's emotional trailer expressed the Revolt co-founder's passion for music, showing him pushing forward through exhaustion and mood swings to create his upcoming album.

"It's my second mountain, and I wanna make music. Music is my foundation, my hustle, my communication, my vibration," the Hip-hop icon gushed about his love for music. "I'm making a record like I'm living a second chance in life, and I don't know when it will end."

The teaser ended with the record producer boldly declaring: "This is like my life, my legacy…all I've ever been is what a legend is, and I'm not leaving here until the world has changed." The new album, "The Love Album: Off the Grid," will be released on September 15, 2023.

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Sean Diddy and Kim Porter are seen in this June 2006 (file) photo pictured on Carbon beach in Malibu, CA

Diddy first announced his return to music in February via a tweet that read, "Dear R&B fans worldwide! After years away from music, I'm back to doing what I love. R&B is where I started and has always been my first love!"

In November 2022, the veteran rapper paid tribute to his late love on the fourth anniversary of her death. Alongside a series of photos showcasing their bond, Diddy wrote, "Today we celebrate you on your rebirth day. I pray you all get to experience a love like this. I miss you & I love you forever."

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