Puff Daddy Is BACK!!!

Puff Daddy Is BACK!!!

Music | Sean Combs has been known by a lot of names. Now he’s going back to one of the classics. The man formerly known as ‘Puff Daddy’ has achieved more than any other in the history of black popular music. Yet tragedy and controversy haunt the impresario of hip-hop.

Sean Combs was born on 4 November 1969 in a public housing project in Harlem, New York City. His mother was teacher and model Janice and his father was Melvin Earl Combs. When Combs was a child, his father – who was an associate of a drug lord – was shot dead in his car after a party.
Combs attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. After graduation he was an intern at Uptown Records, and became an ambitious A&R executive.
After being fired, he worked as a remixer, and set up Bad Boy Entertainment as his own venture, running the label out of his apartment. He finally signed two hit artists, former EPMD roadie, Craig Mack, and the Notorious B.I.G.
Mack hit the big-time in mid-1994, winning a first platinum record for Bad Boy. B.I.G. notched the second at the beginning of 1995, with his own second hit, ‘Big Poppa’. Mack’s album ‘Project: Funk Da World’ eventually went gold, and Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready to Die’ was certified double-platinum.
Sean “Puffy” Combs began branching out Bad Boy during 1995, adding platinum R&B acts Faith Evans and Total. He also produced for many outside artists.
By that time, however, Combs and B.I.G. were embroiled in a feud with Death Row Records that lead to the deaths of both Tu Pac Shakur and B.I.G.

In the meantime, Combs had been preparing his own solo debut, under the name Puff Daddy, and his single ‘Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down’ held the top spot on the singles charts for almost two months. In 2001 Combs announced that he was changing his nickname from Puff Daddy to P. Diddy, earning him comparisons to fellow name-changing musician Prince. That same year his high-profile romance with Lopez ended.

His penchant for changing his name resurfaced four years later, when he announced that he was settling on the name ‘Diddy’. However, he was prompted to change his name again the following year after a lawsuit filed by English music producer Richard “Diddy” Dearlove; Combs settled out of court and agreed to release his 2006 album Press Play under the name Diddy in the U.S., but under P. Diddy in the UK.

Not content with dipping his toe in the world of fashion, music and perfume, Combs has also invested his considerable fortune in an upscale restaurant chain called Justin’s, named after his son.

These business ventures may have helped him to top a Forbes poll of the world’s richest rappers.

Added on: March 26th, 2014


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