(AllHipHop News) Baltimore, Maryland rapper Los, Diddy’s most recent signee, recently spoke with AllHipHop.com about inking with the Bad Boy roster.
Los joins are stable of artists that includes MGK, Red Cafe, French Montana, Dirty Money and Cassie.
The new talent is part of Diddy’s plan for the future of the famous Bad Boy Entertainment record label.
Los, who was signed to Bad Boy in 2005, hopes that the second time with the label will thrust him into the national spotlight, after the first deal soured due to “non-musical reasons.”
“You know I had a relationship with Puff from the past. In 2005, I was signed to Bad Boy and things didn’t work out,” Los told AllHipHop.com. “Non-musical factors affected us, and we went our separate ways, and I just continued to work and build my brand and put my own thing together. It just so happened I started to get the attention of the masses. And, we had a vested interest and he gave me a call, and we just started talking and communicating and we re-built the friendship and we just sat back and saw where it would go. It all ended up coming full circle, and here we are now, you know?”
Los recently spent time behind the scenes on MGK’s most recent visit to 106 & Park.
He also kicked off the New Year with Diddy in Miami and is fitting in nicely with the rest of the Bad Boy roster.
“MGK, French [Montana], Red [Cafe], everyone is extremely talented and cool. I definitely have plans on working with all of them. Cassie has a lot of stuff going on right now with her project she’s working on, King of Hearts,” Los told AllHipHop.com. “We are all kind of figuring out our direction as individual artists, but we come together when we can to help each other. But me, of course I’m just getting my feet wet, but we will definitely all come together.”
But everything hasn’t been easy for Los, who hails from the rough streets of “Charm City,” which was famously showcased in HBO’s The Wire.
According to Los, the climate in Baltimore is not far from the scenarios that played out on the famed, award-winning series.
“I mean, to be honest with you, it’s not far fetched, you know, ‘The Wire.’ It’s a tough place, man, it breeds people that are survivors, and it embeds the hustle and it instills strategy, and everything,” Los explained to AllHipHop.com. “Because just surviving in Baltimore is like an obstacle course, and when you go through the things that just growing up there naturally puts you through, it just prepares you for the rest of the world – if you can make it there. That’s just basically the way I can sum it up. Baltimore is like boot camp; it conditions you for life, but at the same time, you can’t let the elements go over you man and you just have to persevere.”
Los is currently hitting shows across the country in support of his project The Crown Ain’t Safe.
He also plans to drop the video for “King Los,” one of the highly touted songs on the project.
In the mean time, Los is just learning from Diddy and picking up on any advice the rap mogul/legend has to offer about life and Hip-Hop.
“He [Diddy] is just a great coach.” Los said of his mentorship with Diddy. “Of course, he has a tremendous amount of knowledge and wisdom in this game, as well as in life, and I think that he’s mastered the art of Black excellence, and the hustle. So it’s like, why would you not listen to anything that he has to say?”