The seven-time platinum star is set to make his Dubai debut at Gotha, and we had an exclusive chat with him…

Hip-hop fans, get excited. New super club Gotha is set to host hip-hop legend and entrepreneur Diddy, also known as Sean Combs, on Thursday April 5.

It’s the first time Diddy has ever performed in Dubai, so we’re expecting a stellar set from the superstar performer.

Named as Forbes magazine’s number one richest hip-hop star, the three-time Grammy award winner also has a fashion line, record label, several film roles and even a vodka brand in his extensive portfolio of businesses.

Ahead of his Dubai gig, we had an exclusive chat with the American megastar to talk dune bashing, being authentic, and what 2018 has in store…

What’s On: We’re so excited to welcome you to Dubai for the first time. What can we expect from your Gotha Dubai performance?

Diddy: You can expect to have a great time. I’m excited to be in Dubai and I’m looking forward to having fun and rocking the crowd. Ain’t no party like a Diddy party.

WO: Where will you be checking out if you’ve got some free time in Dubai?

Diddy: There’s so much to do in Dubai, but I’m really excited about the possibility of doing the desert safari, driving dune buggies and of course, shopping. I heard Dubai has the best shopping in the world.

WO: What can we find you listening to at the minute?

Diddy: Cardi B, Her. Migos, Lil Baby, Nipsey Hussle, Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar and SZA just to name a few. Also, I love Snoop’s Gospel Album.

WO: What advice would you give to someone starting out in the music industry?

Diddy: Be passionate about your ideas and only pursue things that are authentic to you – no matter what that is. Believe in yourself, stay focused on what you want to accomplish. Don’t come with an ego.

WO: What can we expect from you in 2018?

Diddy: I’m working on many things across my portfolio of business. I have a new show on FOX US we launched last year and so the second season will kick off this summer. It’s the Game of Thrones of music competition shows. We start with the four best artists on stage and then have new competitors come to the show each week to challenge them. What makes this so special is that we are looking for people who sing all different types of music, any genre, whether it’s R&B, rap, country, Latin or pop. My clothing line Sean John is also celebrating its 20th anniversary and we have some great things lined up to celebrate the brands legacy.

Diddy is one of two huge acts coming to the super club next weekend, with another artist set to be announced very soon.

Gotha Dubai, Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay, 11pm to 3am. Dhs350 for ladies, Dhs700 for guys. Thursday April 5. Tel: (055) 1 934 934.

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