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.
“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