Diddy, Rick Ross and Janelle Monae are on the cover of the new VIBE magazine (Aug/Sept). Heres the cover and afterwards, there is Diddy talking about it. For more on the Juice issue, go to VIBE.COM.
Below are some quotes from Diddys Juice Q&A. He was relaxed, candid and in the best space Ive seen him in. Theres a lot that I wasnt able to put into the piece, but Ill release those quotes over the duration of these Juice issues on VIBE.com. Cop the issue on newsstands August 16th.
Jermaine HallVIBE, Editor in Chief
Dr. Dre said that the last beat that floored him was All About the Benjamins. How does that make you feel?Its humbling. I was in the studio with Dre the other day. He started working on a record for me. Watching him as a producer is watching greatness. We had a lot of similar traits. It was like looking in the mirror. He would ask questions like, How you feel about this? People dont really understand true producers want to know how you feel about things. We are some of the most observant people on the planet.
What happened during the Martin Bashir interview on Nightline?There were times in the interview when I had to give him an ultimatum. The questions werent being handled the right way. In hindsight, when I saw him I shouldnt had done the interview because I know the style of interview that he does . . . The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son, thats really like a racist question. You dont ask White people what they buy their kids. And they buy em Porsches and convertible Bentleys and it aint no question. Its really a racist question and put things back in perspective with money and the way that people still look at you. And Im not saying that consciously hes a racist. But he probably dont even realize that he would not ask Steve Jobs that. He would be like Steve Jobs has that money and thats the gift his kid is supposed to get.
Are the comments from Lil Kim about Nicki disheartening?When I heard her say what she said, it didnt really affect me. I didnt get mad at her or anything like that. I knew how she felt. I aint agree with it. But also I know the motivation. I know that people say, Oh, hes trying to get a new Lil Kim. I guess people will see in time. Yeah, Nickis had flavored wigs on, but besides that it aint even the same approach to the writing.