Sean John Combs, also known by the stage names Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy, or Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, record executive, and actor.
Combs’ debut album, No Way Out (1997), has been certified seven times platinum. No Way Out was followed by successful albums such as Forever (1999), The Saga Continues… (2001), and Press Play (2006).
In 2009, Combs formed the musical group Dirty Money and released the critically and commercially successful album Last Train to Paris (2010).
Combs has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and is the producer of MTV’s Making the Band. In 2018, Forbes estimated his net worth at $825 million.
- Full name: Sean John Combs
- Born: 4 November 1969 (age 50 years), Harlem, New York, United States
- Profession: American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, actor
- Net worth: US$825 million (2018 estimate)
- Partner(s): : Kimberly Porter (1994–2007); Cassie Ventura (2007–2018);
- Children: Quincy Taylor Brown, Justin Dior Combs, King Combs, Chance Combs, D’Lila Star Combs, Jessie James Combs
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About Sean Combs
Sean John Combs was born on 4 November 1969 in Manhattan’s Harlem in New York City and was raised in Mount Vernon, New York, United States.
His mother, Janice (Smalls), was a model and teacher’s assistant and his father, Melvin Earl Combs, served in the U.S. Air Force and was an associate of convicted New York drug dealer Frank Lucas.
At age 33, Melvin was shot to death while sitting in his car on Central Park West, when Combs was 2 years old.
Combs graduated from the Roman Catholic Mount Saint Michael Academy in 1987. He played football for the academy and his team won a division title in 1986.
Combs said he was given the nickname Puff as a child, because he would “huff and puff” when he was angry.
Combs was a business major at Howard University but left after his sophomore year. In 2014, he returned to Howard University to receive an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities and deliver the University’s 146th Commencement Address.
Combs became an intern at New York’s Uptown Records. While working as a talent director at Uptown, he helped develop Jodeci and Mary J. Blige.
In his college days Combs had a reputation for throwing parties, some of which attracted up to a thousand participants.
In 1991, Combs promoted an AIDS fundraiser with Heavy D held at the City College of New York (CCNY) gymnasium, following a charity basketball game. The event was oversold, and a stampede occurred in which nine people died.
In 1993, after being fired from Uptown, Combs established his new label Bad Boy Entertainment as a joint venture with Arista Records, taking then-newcomer The Notorious B.I.G, also known as Biggie Smalls, with him.
Both The Notorious B.I.G. and Craig Mack quickly released hit singles, followed by successful LPs, particularly Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die.
Combs signed more acts to Bad Boy, including Carl Thomas, Faith Evans, 112, Total, and Father MC.
The Hitmen, his in-house production team, worked with Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil’ Kim, TLC, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, SWV, Aretha Franklin, and others.
Mase and the Lox joined Bad Boy just as a widely publicized rivalry with the West Coast’s Death Row Records was beginning.
Combs and Notorious B.I.G. were criticized and parodied by Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight in songs and interviews during the mid-1990s.
During 1994–1995, Combs produced several songs for TLC’s CrazySexyCool, which finished the decade as number 25 on Billboard’s list of top pop albums of the decade.