AceShowbiz - Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has retracted his statement saying R&B was dead. When praising Jozzy's new EP "Songs For Women, Free Game for N***a", the "Gotta Move On" rapper declared that the genre is back.
"When I told ya'll RnB was dead, I was talking about the soul," the 53-year-old stated on Twitter. "It is what it is! I can tell you right now, IT'S BACK!!!" In a separate tweet, he penned, "THIS IS A MASTERPIECE."
Later that day, Diddy clarified that he's not trying to duplicate the success of Bad Boy with Love Records. "WE'RE NOT TRYING TO DUPLICATE BAD BOY!," he tweeted. "THAT WAS BAD BOY! THIS IS THE LOVE ERA. EVERYTHING WE DO FROM THIS POINT ON IS GOING TO SEPARATE THOSE 2 ERAS BUT ALSO UNITE THEM IN THEIR GREATNESS!!"
Jozzy is the first signee to Diddy's new label, Love Records. When speaking about his EP, which boasts 10 tracks in total, the 32-year-old shared, "This project is about sharing the true emotions women feel navigating relationships while giving men honest game at the same time... I understand both sides of the spectrum, because I have both masculine and feminine energy, which is why I believe the world will relate to the entire body of work."
Diddy sparked debate in August 2022 by saying that R&B is "dead" while hopping on an Instagram Live session with Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Summer Walker and others. "R&B is muthaf**kin' dead as of right now," the music mogul, said. "The R&B I made my babies to? R&B gotta be judged to a certain thing-it's the feeling though, doggy. No, no, no. It's a feeling. You gotta be able to sing for R&B and then you gotta tell the truth. R&B is not a hustle. This s**t is about feeling your vulnerability."
After receiving mixed reactions both from musicians and fans, Diddy attempted to do damage control. He clarified his comments in a series of tweets, "It's been 3 days of the debate…This is the clarity of the message…It's not disrespect to anybody... This conversation was out of love and me purposely wanting to bring attention to R&B!"
"It was something that I saw the effect of the Hip hop and R&B balance," the rapper continued. "That balance is honesty and realness when it comes together, melodies, vulnerability and most importantly LOVE!!! This message is that R&B game needs more love, vulnerability, support!!"