Combs had this to say about his hopeful ensemble piece,
"I was watching Ocean's 11 and I just couldn't relate to it. You have all these black icons, Chris Rock or Chris Tucker in comedy, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx in acting, me and Jay-Z in music, what about us? It's about time to put the greatest black icons in a film together. We're not running around in 'do-rags and low riders anymore. I'm trying to hit the big screen, baby. I'm trying for my head to be six-feet tall."