Sean Combs

Sean Combs sat down with John Jeremiah Sullivan for the April 2018 issue of GQ, featuring cover photo and spread by Maciek Kobielski. Combs spoke with GQ after learning JAY-Z bypassed him for the top spot on Forbes' list of Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists 2018.

Combs says he goes by "Love" now, because love is what matters.

He stays relevant on the music scene by co-hosting "The Four" with music producer DJ Khaled, and singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor.

Among Combs' business ventures includes an app he is working on that will pinpoint black businesses in every city. The app is part of Combs' effort to give back to the community.

Sean Combs

“I want to be an authentic, unapologetic warrior for black culture and the culture of the street and how it moves,” he says. “My thing is most importantly to change the narrative of the black race. I can’t relate to anything that isn’t about that."

He says the app "is not about taking away from any other community. We’ll still go to Chinatown. We’ll still buy Gucci! But the application will make it possible for us to have an economic community.”

Combs says his friend JAY-Z has shown an interest in investing in the app. They use the term ‘black excellence,’ which can be seen all over Combs’ social media accounts. “We’re into psychological warfare,” he says. “The difference is, we’re not trying to hurt nobody.”

The April issue of GQ is on stands March 20.

Photos by Maciek Kobielski for GQ magazine

  • 100milesperhour

    He looks masculine up top & fem at the bottom in the yt outfit. The long blouse, hand on hip, pinky ring on his girly hand...TH?

  • Simone

    Mr. LOVE * IG page is Lit ... LOL I love his energy. #blackexcellence

  • ShelbyMoore
  • SpillyNillie

    Not understanding his tongue gesture but I like the ensemble.

  • tia

    To ME, Puffy has always been stylish. I'm feeling this look; super clean!

  • Skin Deep Beauty


  • MissHarlem

    Slow down son your killin em ?

  • VernadineTheQueen?


  • KcoolMuziq

    Diddy(Whom I partied with Prince with) is a great example of a black business man that made it from the bottom. I also love how unapologetic he is about his lifestyle's. He is also still collecting them checks from
    the artist to watch Janelle Monae.

  • You Could Never

    When did Shawn Carter supposedly surpass Diddles income wise? I missed this news.

    Diddly has grown on me over the past...uses all my fingers and some toes I aint got...quarter of a century. 25 years. That didnt take long at all.

  • Roderick2011

    Yeah that hand on the hip threw me.

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    so is puffy exiting the closet on this cover.. hands on hip, licking tongue out?

  • MsPam

    Diddy looking sassy with his tongue sticking out hand on the hips ! What are you trying to tell us “Love?”

  • MissHarlem

    Leave my boy alone.?

  • TamG

    Awful cover photo. The one with him sitting in the red car is much better. I wonder why the powers that be went with that weird cover photo and I wonder why Combs allowed them to. ?????

  • MocaPretty

    I am here for the app! It's an awesome idea and I applaud the effort.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Who cares about his sexual preference or what he chooses to wear. Those are trivial matters. As MocaPretty stated, "I applaud the effort". Definitely an app I'll check out when it becomes available because I also would like to know where I can spend my black dollars.

  • MsPam

    You remind of the lyrics to the song Tyrone,
    “ Hang around in bars try to hang around stars.” I bet you’re old as dirt bragging like a little kid.

  • tintin

    he looking fine in that red.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    This is a great idea. Even now I buy from alot of black businesses. Its funny how blacks try to complain about white this white that but be the main consumers of putting cash in white people bank accounts to impress who????????? Great idea and yup I will support as a black person the end. We need to stop worrying about someone elses sexuality. It is weird asf.

  • iWasteTime

    who fillin them with octane
    got em gassed up, bout to get passed up

  • imright

    he didnt have a choice

  • They’re ALL false God’s fools

    Okay but why is the "unapologetic warrior for black culture" on the cover of GQ with his tongue sticking out, his head all tilted to the side, and his hand on his hip looking silly?

  • PhillyFacts

    I can't celebrate any man of color that's stepped on other people of color to reach his platform. Not a fan, sorry.......

  • iWasteTime

    Forbes Top 5 Hip Hop list March 1st ... I think
    Bae (Drake)

  • Yoni7

    That beard just took him from a -000000000 to a 7 (read: really a 4.5) in my book.

  • Yoni7

    *throws my hands in the airyyyrrrr*

  • Kayke

    Those are horrible pictures.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    I don't know why, but Sean/ Diddy calling himself Love irks me. Kinda like Bruce calling himself Caitlyn irritates me. The second pic is nice though. (Thanks Ms. Sandra for letting me vent this Mon. I know this isn't an open post.??)

  • Kayke

    Really.....he and Jay are the same age and he looks at least 10 yrs younger than Jay.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Do it bish do it. Diddy that cover you looking fierce mamas.That beard looking nice too. As for the second pic I love a chocolate man (not so much diddy) in red pants. I don't know something about it.

  • MissHarlem


  • shun king

    lot of black men doing that now a days some even wearing dresses

  • shun king

    sooo he help burn the house down to the ground collect the insurance invest it now he want to try and get some more people to help build that house again..chutzpah!

  • SaltineCrackers


  • stav

    I've always been fond of his style, he can be very stylish.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    IDC what he name himself this year...Diddy what I gotta do to get tickets to your New Years Eve Party this year??? Im starting early lol...

  • mona q

    This photo is suspect...

  • free

    since someone mentioned his name-dropping, i notice it lol. i didn't really notice before. i presume tis all true but sometimes i lmao.

  • Quitedeliteful


  • Quitedeliteful

    So every couple of years he's gonna change his name? I think I'll just start calling him Puffy again and be done with it.... I do like his cream colored outfit, tho... (the tongue hanging out -- not so much...)

  • mzbestseller

    He’s posing like somebody’s auntie when she goes to the club to stunt on people ????

  • angrysolo

    yawrn, how many times can you do/say the same things before you get tied of it yourself?

  • Roderick2011


  • Dollmeshia Dee-Dee Clark

    that cover pose is a NO MA'AM .......

  • Torae

    He looks like someone’s flamboyant uncle who is over 40 and is “roommates” with his best friend Dwayne...?

  • what?why


  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    *take that take that* It was on my brain, so I typed it. It seems appropriate...

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Who? The car? Yea it does look nice in that red...

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    *Diddy Bop*

  • Coco_Butter

    I applaud his hustle but he still has a history of tearing his artists like ?!!!


    He killed Craig Mack! He robbed all his artist! The way this man became rich is by using his artist and throwing them away like trash after he no longer need them.



  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    How did he kill him? That's a huge accusation.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    On the cover of GQ with his tongue sticking out? That doesn't look very "gentleman-y".


    No disrespect but if you don't know then you don't need to know...

  • Akhenaton
  • Miss Thang

    I don't understand his he trying to tell us something?

  • Miss Thang

    I don't understand his he trying to tell us something?

  • Trace da Ace

    BIG YAWN!!! Puffy looks extra zesty on that cover with his tongue out....boy bye!! that is all I got....

  • bashi

    When are you going to marry Cassie sir

  • MJF

    LOL if you don't know that Diddy has a little extra zest to him by now, I feel bad for you and your judgement skills...

  • Meme

    Yeah but I wanna know too please enlighten us thanks in advance

  • Meme

    Oh are you in the music industry? I'm nosey

  • KcoolMuziq

    A place where my fantasies have come true.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    I think an "all black" app has been done already. And it's not successful. They need to broaden their appeal. Sean might do better doing a clothing app like grailed dot com. Better yet, he should try to buy grailed.

  • The Goode Queen

    I'm feeling too much r Kelly from him. It looks like his dick stank!

  • Karen Brady

    Diddy girl you better pose on that cover with your sassy chocolate self!

  • Karen Brady

    Lol @ roommates w/ Dwayne

  • Karen Brady


  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    the tongue flick on an old man is creepy. but we love Diddy.

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    That tongue pose ain't doing you justice sir!

  • BloodBlood

    Now why is Ms.Thang hand on hip & tongue out? Come on out Ms.Diddy!!!!(snaps finger)

  • ViolettaBliss

    Go away and suck some pinga !!! I'm totally over this closeted HOMO.

  • Kimberly King

    Ugh, I can just look at Diddy and tell he loves the pipe. Next

  • Meme

    So that's a yes then? So what do you do....I'm sorry i told u I'm nosey! Lol

  • Renee26

    I'm here for that app

    He posed like somebody cougar auntie in that top pic

  • Quitedeliteful


  • teather

    Silly! :)

  • Monday

    His tongue and his hands.... Very reptilian

    And that pic in red creeps me the heck out....

    What happen to the real Diddy?

  • Monday

    Diddy does a lot of announcements in interviews..

    What happen to purchasing a football team? No creating a NFL for blacks?? No.. What now??

  • Dane

    You nailed it!! LOL

  • Dee


  • Malai

    Look at this fruitcake here! ?

  • MRiGOThim

    Chile, look at this big ole Queen
    "put ya hands on hip & let ya backbone slip"...

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Is that EJ Johnson?

  • VM

    In the words of Wendy Williams, how you doin, girl you better werk like the rent is due on the 1st.

  • Misslaydj

    Best to EVER do it!!!

  • EntrepreneurialSpirit

    Sitting at a desk smoking a cigar with a shot of bourbon. Sitting in a study reading a book. Standing somewhere, anywhere with your tailor, manicurist, barber prepping you. There were literally a million different poses you could have chose to do and yet you chose this one?