Sean "Diddy" Combs Covers L.A. Confidential Talks of His Mogul, Family and More
“For me,” he says, “the most powerful art form ever created was music, and that’s still my greatest love, but I’ve always viewed myself as an entrepreneur more than just a music person. Being more than ‘just a’ frees me up to amplify my passions and opportunities.”
His latest conquest: Revolt TV, a cable music channel launching in the fourth quarter of 2013. “It’s a fearless platform for artists who have something to say,” is how Combs describes it. Partly the idea is to fill the music video space left vacant after MTV went all Jersey Shore. But Combs also knows there’s more to music on TV than singing contests and awards shows. “I want Revolt to do for music what ESPN does for sports,” he says, explaining that the network will cover music around the clock, with live hosted music videos, news, interviews, performances, and more. “I want to bring back the spirit of music. There’s nothing greater in life than those songs that make you cry, that make you laugh, that make you want to scream and jump up and down. That’s what music’s been for me all my life and I want to share that with as many people as possible.”
Family and Stuff
The modern steel, glass, and concrete home on the edge of forever looks like hip-hop Valhalla, but Combs tries playing it down. “I like nice things, but life’s pretty normal around here,” he says. He admits his videos and public appearances have “amplified” his image as a Champagne-guzzling, Gulfstream-flying man of means, but he says the fantasy isn’t exactly what people think. “People think, ‘Oh, Diddy’s probably running around his mansion spooning caviar into his mouth,’” he says with a laugh. “I don’t even like caviar.”
For Combs, home is about family. He is father to a sizable brood—sons Justin Dior, Christian Casey, and stepson Quincy, daughter Chance, and twin daughters Jessie James and D’Lila Star keep Daddy Diddy quite busy. Their moms, meanwhile, keep him honest, he says, smiling. “A lot of people say yes to me, I admit that. But I’m blessed by how much the mothers of my children love to tell me the truth. They don’t let me get away with anything!
“Some days I think my whole life is going from the park to their basketball games to recitals, and I love it,” he says. Los Angeles makes it easy to be out and about. “People don’t get worked up by a celebrity the way they do in New York. There’s an unwritten rule here that when you show up at school or even Universal CityWalk with your kids, people let you have that family time.”