The ONLY reason he's worked with Gerber is because of the EDM explosion - he's chosen Guy to distance himself from the cheeseboard crew and because he wants to break somebody less well known and, you guessed it, take all the credit for being 'visionary'. Twat.
I think you're partially right, but I also do genuinely believe he has a love for the music too. I've heard him talk about it in various interviews.
Sometimes I find the attitudes of the UK to be amusing when it comes to house music. It's as though you created the genre. A lot of Brits often forget that house came out of the US. It was black music that became appropriated by Brits visiting largely black (and gay) venues like the Paradise Garage in the 1980s. If you go to Chicago to the annual Chosen Few Picnic, it's largely black people (of a certain age, mind you) attending. The producers and DJs are largely black as well. Even in the 1980s Todd Terry was doing hip hop alongside house music and there was the whole hip house movement with groups like A Tribe Called Quest and Jungle Brothers actively making house tracks. Garage owes it's roots to soul music and disco. The list goes on. The first wave of travelling DJs were largely American coming over to the UK, not the other way around.
Puffy is old enough to have lived through that first wave of house and hip hop genre-mating, so I dare say it's not a stretch for it to be feasible that he does genuinely love the music. For what it's worth, one of the places I 'bumped' into Combs was at Bed for Danny Howells' night - where he danced the whole night away. He was there to dance and have a good time, not to be seen.
Sure, he's a businessman and a smart one at that. But I doubt he's trying to gain any credibility here by teaming up with Gerber. He's already made his millions and there's no need to make more off an album that's realistically going to sell nothing anyway, because most people haven't the foggiest who Gerber is compared to Combs. I imagine that's part of the reason it's been released for free. Gerber has more to gain from this collaboration than Combs.
As for what Gerber has to do with the whole 'EDM explosion' as you put it, I'm totally dumbfounded? He's nothing like the stuff that guys like Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Deadmau5, Guetta, etc. are pushing. I mean fuck, Gerber puts out records on Cocoon.
Your argument is dead to me.