Diddy makes his official return to the music scene with “The Love Album: Off The Grid,” his first full-length release since his chart-topping “Press Play” in 2006.
Featuring an impressive lineup of nearly 30 artists, including The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R, Busta Rhymes, Summer Walker, Babyface, John Legend, Teyana Taylor, and more, “The Love Album” also serves as Diddy’s first official release under his new label, Love Records.
“Music is my first love, and music has given me a second chance at life, so stepping back into the studio to make this album has been a soulful experience that brought me closer to myself and my purpose,” Diddy said in a press release. “This album wasn’t created to feed an algorithm or be relevant with the trends of the times — it was created to touch souls and freely express my story with the best artists, writers and producers shaping the future of R&B.”
Although it’s been 17 years since the music mogul’s last solo release, he’s kept busy with various projects throughout the decade, including the 2015 mixtape “MMM (Money Making Mitch)” and the 2010 collaborative effort Last Train to Paris with Dirty Money.
In a recent Billboard cover story, the Bad Boy founder gave insights into the inspiration behind this new album, describing it as more than just an R&B collection.
“This isn’t just an R&B album; it’s an R&B movie [about love],” he said of his project, which he executive-produced and curated. “It’s probably one of the biggest collections of talent ever, all unified on one album. And I happen to be blessed to have The Weeknd’s last feature. The song talks about being unique, in a sense — telling your ex-girl that another one of me won’t come around.”
Listen to The Love Album: Off the Grid in full below.