Sean “P. Diddy” Combs recently told the Associated Press that his new album, The Saga Continues, was his most creative to date because it used no samples. “I think this is a show of a progression, being that I didn’t use any samples, even though it wasn’t planned out,” Combs said at the time. “But I didn’t really use any samples, and it progressed in a way that it went back to the basics.” Press releases also stated that the album “is comprised of entirely original beats and music.” But when the album dropped Tuesday, a quick look at the liner notes reveals that 12 of the 17 tracks sample from other songs.
Puffy tried to explain it away by saying that there were no samples of major hits. “There is no Diana Ross sample there,” Combs told the AP on Wednesday, referring to the sample he used on Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money, Mo Problems” in 1997. “When anybody is talking about a sample, usually it’s talking about a known sample. People always try to criticize me for using pop hits. We did not do that this time.”