Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs is gearing up to release
his latest, and thoroughly promoted act, Da Band, a six-person collection of
artists from across the nation.
MTV’s "Making The Band" reality series
has had a plethora of infighting, but the music mogul stated that he was ready
for the group to show-and-prove when their album drops this September.
"You really haven’t seen a lot of music,
you seen a lot of fights and a lot of disfuctionalism, but you really ain’t
hear the music," Diddy told AllHipHop.com at a press conference before
dashing off on a cruise of the Mediterranean. "Usually I play the music
and people are pleasantly surprised in a good way. I think it’s refreshing."
Combs recently relaunched his Bad Boy Records
in a major way, snagging a # 1 pop record with the "Bad Boys II" soundtrack,
all the while taping the hit television show.
The six members of Da Band debuted on the soundtrack
with their song "Why."
On one episode, Diddy made the members walk from
Manhattan to Brooklyn to get him a piece of Cheesecake to test their loyalty.
Keeping up with Diddy’s whims on the reality
show is not an easy task, a cameraman for MTV maintained.
"We have to do double time," said cameraman
Kenny Hull. "We have to get ahead, get behind and get all the shots and
make it look pretty. You don’t even think about [the walk to Brooklyn], because
you are just doing your job."
According to Diddy himself, there is more in
store for both fans and Da Band members.
"We feel like its gonna get big as the show
starts to get more and more intense. These shows have really just been a preview
of what’s to come."
Making The Band 2 airs every Wednesday on MTV
10 p.m. EST.