Quincy: I Was Supposed to Star on Empire

Quincy: I Was Supposed to Star on Empire

Diddy's son revealed how he snagged the role of Hakeem on the hit show, how he stays motivated, and dished on new music.

Published February 16, 2015

Quincy Brown, Diddy's adopted son, is all grown up and has begun to create a name for himself separate from the brand of his famous father. Speaking with Power 105's The Breakfast Club, the 23-year-old spoke on new music, communicating with his biological father, and even revealed that he was signed on to star as 'Hakeem' in the hot new series Empire.

"Basically, I pretty much booked the role," he told Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy. "Dealing with a show like that, it breaks down theatrically and musically."

Quincy, who said he now goes only by his first name, said that he backed out of the role due to the network's constraints and publishing restrictions of the music that he would be producing: "Theatrically, there were no complaints," he said. "They didn't really let me know that there was a music side that came with a contract. It just took everybody for a loop because we wanted to negotiate and change a couple of things and they were like, 'nah.'"

After what he recalled was four or five months of back and forth communication, he, with the help of his famous dad, decided to pull the plug on the partnership. While he is no longer involved in the now record-breaking project, there is no love lost: "I think it's a great show [but] it wasn't for me."

Had he agreed to the role, this would have marked another step farther outside of Diddy's shadow, which he said he has been wiggling out of for some time now: "It took a lot of doing a bunch of crap where I didn't know what I was doing," he said of finding his own lane. "It was time I had to spend with myself." 

Though he and his mogul dad are close, he does not intend on getting in between Diddy's personal beefs. When asked if he would shade Drake in passing following his less than friendly exchange with the "Tell Me" rapper, Quincy kept it classy: "It's all love. I have no problem with Drake. Whatever happened between them is between them."

Quincy is now solely focused on his music career and is currently working on new music set to release soon: "Since I'm independent, I'm not signed with anybody, so I have a lot of freedom," he said. "I have no deadlines. If it's album time or EP time, whatever it is, I'll just drop it."

The young star's single "Friends First," featuring French Montana, marks his official debut into the music scene.  

Elsewhere in the interview, Quincy talks about the current state of his relationship with his biological father, co-starring in the Sundance favorite, Dope, pranking fans with KeKe Palmer and addresses dating rumors about Amber Rose and Claudia Jordan.

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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