The Hitmen are back with a new member: Kanye West.

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By Phebean Ogundapo

On April 18, Diddy announced the official return of The Hitmen, with himself at the helm, not only is he back in the studio, he’s back in the studio with members of The Hitmen, the production collective that was the backbone of most of Bad Boy Records’ hits through the ’90s and early ’00s.

Aside from Diddy, the original members returning are: Chucky Thompson, Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie, Steven “Stevie J” Jordan, Mario Winans, and Nashiem Myrick. The group’s most recent incarnation includes a very notable addition, Kanye Omari West. West joins Chucky Thompson, Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie, Steven “Stevie J” Jordan, Mario Winans, and Nashiem Myrick.

They’re all supporting Diddy in the studio as he records his next album, Making Money Mitch, his first since 2010’s Last Train To Paris.

This isn’t the first time Diddy and Kanye have joined forces — he actually has a production credit on Kanye’s recent single “All Day.” In a 2012 interview with Urban Daily, members of the Hitmen spoke about their long relationship with Kanye, describing how they actually brought him into the studio when he was just starting out.

Few have the creative vision, or resources, to spearhead such a movement, but the idea of including many producers on the same track actually goes back to Diddy’s hot-streak at Bad Boy Records, when he and his production team, The Hitmen, released 21 straight platinum or gold records.

Expectations for Diddy’s album with The Hitmen (and Kanye) behind the boards?

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