"Emotional, provocative, limitless music you can sink your teeth into, that's the calling card for Sean "Diddy" Combs' latest incarnation: Diddy-Dirty Money. Diddy-Dirty Money is the real deal, a trio infused with formidable singing, songwriting, and production talent. Joining Diddy behind the microphone are singer/songwriters Dawn Richard, a founding member of the platinum-selling girl group Danity Kane, and Kalenna, whose burgeoning songwriting career has led her to work with a long list of music industry luminaries.
Together, the threesome create a new sound: train music, an electro-hip hop soul funk experience. Known for having his finger on the pulse of what’s next, Combs had a notion that Richard and Kalenna were kindred spirits when he brought the two together to write songs in 2009. At the time, Richard was a member of the Diddy girl group Danity Kane, discovered through the MTV reality show “Making the Band 3.”
Describing the teaming with Combs as “divine intervention,” Richard notes, “We mirror each other: perfectionists with a strong work ethic. We push and challenge each other.”And what about detractors who may be quick to dismiss the Diddy-Dirty Money vision? “Anything great will always have its naysayers,” says Richard. “We’re just going to let the music speak for itself.” Adds Kalenna, “At the end of the day, tomorrow is not promised. But I know we’re here now—and we don’t plan on going anywhere for a long while.”