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EW.com spoke with Diddy on the creation of the Diddy/The Hitmen tracks for "American Gangster".

SEAN ''DIDDY'' COMBS (producer; CEO, Bad Boy): When I heard he may make another album, I was like, ''You need to let me executive-produce that album! Even Ali had a coach. Jordan had a coach. That's what I do best!'' ...

DIDDY: We have competed with each other over the years. But I was like, ''I still want to be involved in the project.'' He told me he had the concept of blaxploitation with a contemporary sound. I said, ''I got a bunch of those [beats].'' ...

DIDDY: After working with Biggie [the late rapper Christopher ''The Notorious B.I.G.'' Wallace], Mary J. Blige, and Faith Evans, there wasn't a lot of artists who inspired me to put time in and really grind out in the studio. [But Jay and I] were just two artists in there, and the vibes just fit. He must have finished four songs in a weekend's time. ...

DIDDY: He writes in his head. You'll hear grunts and ''Woo!'' ó like he's impressed by what he's writing. Of course you're watching; you feel a little left out, like, ''Let me hear what you're saying!'' But he keeps writing, then he goes into a [recording] booth. It's almost like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind, just looking at the equation and solving the problem. The only person I've ever seen write like that is Biggie. I definitely feel like the spirit of Big got up in him on this album.

That third quote probably has some relation to the idea of getting Diddy back in the booth. Perhaps he's just not motivated enough to dedicate time to working on tracks for most artists.

Via whudat.