He may be the namesake and the most famous of Diddy-Dirty Money’s three members, but Sean “Diddy” Combs is anxious to establish that it is, in fact a group.
That, he says, is why the trio is hitting the road to promote its 2010 debut album “Last Train to Paris.”
“It’s definitely an opportunity to establish this as a group,” says Diddy — aka Puff Daddy and P. Diddy — who formed Diddy-Dirty Money last year with former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard and singer-songwriter Kalenna Harper. “I can’t wait for people to see how strong the girls are, just in general. That’s the new revelation that’s being brought to the situation.
“I always said people will really start to get the album once they see it live. I think that’s the mentality of any performer, or even just taking a page out of any rock ’n’ roll band or group; in order to sell your vision, you’ve got to get it out on the road and really work it.”
“Last Train to Paris” debuted at No. 7 when it was released in December, and has spun off the hits “Coming Home” with Skylar Grey and the gold-certified “Hello Good Morning” with T.I.
Richard says the album material is “the driver” for the live shows, and she’s confident that “people will be pleasantly surprised with how great these records sound in their live form.” But the show will also feature material from the group members’ pasts — particularly Diddy’s on his own and with acts such as the late Notorious B.I.G.
“God has blessed me with so many hits that the place is gonna be rockin’,” he says. “You get it all. You get the introduction to Dirty Money. You also get the respect of the years of hits I’ve been out. You get your money’s worth.”
Richard adds that, “We’re trying new and innovative ways of making the old hits more ‘us,’ as well. We’re going to visit the Diddy hits, the Biggie hits, but you’re going to see a transformation of the old and the new. It’s gonna be a party.”
Richard and Harper are both working on solo albums they plan to put out this year. Another Diddy-Dirty Money album is likely as the group worked on some 70 songs for “Last Train to Paris,” but for now Diddy says that the group’s “focus is really with the tour and the next single before we say, ‘Oh, we’re gonna work on another album.’ We’re still working this album, you know what I’m saying?”
Diddy-Dirty Money, Tyga and Lloyd perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $83 and $68. Call 313-237-7711 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.
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