5 Things We Learned from Puff Daddy's MMM Documentary

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19:  Rapper Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

5 Things We Learned from Puff Daddy's MMM Documentary

One thing's for certain: Puffy is having the time of his life.

Published November 19, 2015

Puff Daddy released his latest project, MMM (or Money Making Mitch) earlier this month for free and while it was technically a mixtape, it played more like an album. Yesterday (November 18), Puff dropped a documentary about the project, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at some of MMM’s creation. Featuring cameos from Kanye West, Future and Ty Dolla $ign, the video also gave us a couple gems about the Bad Boy headman himself. Here are five that provided us a little more insight into Puffy and his musical mindstate.

Puff’s very particular with his music

The best producers are meticulous with the music they eventually decide to put out and Puffy Daddy is no different. He’s seen numerous times in the video critiquing both what he put together and what others assisted him with. “It could be like the smallest thing,” he said to his mixing and engineering team during a segment of the documentary. “Everything got to have its place.” He also demands a runback numerous times to make sure everything’s perfect. Perhaps it’s why MMM’s sound is crazy high quality.

Dr. Dre is a main source of inspiration

Puffy’s preciseness may come from Dr. Dre. Toward the beginning of the doc, he claims the legendary Compton producer/rapper’s thoroughness and attention to detail is admirable and attempts to use his techniques in his own music. “Dre inspires me,” Puff Daddy is seen proclaiming. “It be the littlest s*** – little splash, a little f*****g playing, and the shit sound funky. It’s a frequency I’m going for. It’s this funk that I’m trying to give to you.”

Ty Dolla $ign is one of the “coldest” singers Puffy has ever heard

Puffy knows how to assemble talent for an album and MMM is proof of that. During a segment of the documentary, Ty Dolla $ign and Puff are seen listening to Ty’s part of “You Could Be My Lover” and after, Puffy praises him. “Ayo, B, what the f*** you doing rapping? N**** you one of the coldest n****s I ever heard! The f*** is going on!?” he said jokingly. But really though, we agree.

Puffy’s having the time of his life

Puff Daddy may be in the twilight years of his rap career but that isn’t stopping him from having fun. Still rich and influential, Puffy could, in essence, decide to sit back speculate his investments but he doesn’t want that to claim all of his attention. Hip hop birthed his career in music and he never forgets that. You can tell.

Puffy thinks he and Mario Winans ran hip hop for a decade and beyond

There’s no doubt Puff Daddy and The Hitmen were a collective on the top during the mid to late 90s and early 2000s. Their streak of successful albums released and Grammy Awards won prove it. During the documentary, Puff compares his legacy of output with producer Mario Winans to other legendary duos like Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and L.A. Reid and Babyface. “Puff and Rio, we took the whole f*****g decade,” Puffy claims. “I love all the other producers out there but we took the whole 10 years of owning that m*****f***** and then owning some more s*** after that, and some more s*** after that?”

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(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Written by Paul Meara


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