Sean P Diddy Combs
Sean “P Diddy” Combs is a man of many talents and many names. Originally born Sean John Combs, Combs has gone by a myriad of monikers over his career. Over the years, Sean Combs has been called Sean “Puffy” Combs, P. Diddy, and Puff Daddy, just to name a few. Whatever name he goes by, there’s one name that always rings true– legend.
Sean Combs was born in Harlem, New York City on November 4th, 1970. Combs’ father was killed when Combs was just three years old. Nine years after his father’s passing, Combs and his family moved to Mount Vernon, New York. This is where Combs allegedly took on the “Puffy” nickname after he would “puff up his chest” when practicing for football.
Following high school, P. Diddy attended college at Howard University for two years. He went on to intern with Uptown Records in NYC. In just a year, Combs moved up to take on the role of Vice President of the company. By 1991, Combs’ fame had gained extreme popularity that eventually took a dangerous turn. As the crowds pushed to get into the event to see Combs, violence erupted and 9 people died while 29 others were injured.
By 1993, Combs was kicked out of the record label. It was at this time that Combs created Bad Boy Entertainment. During this period of his life, Combs met and befriended Christopher Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls. As Biggie took off, Combs was able to get a $15 million contract to take Bad Boy Entertainment to Arista Records.
After Biggie Smalls was murdered in 1997, Combs released his debut album, No Way Out, under the name Puff Daddy. On the hit album, Combs included the track “I’lll Be Missing You”. This track was a eulogy and tribute to his friend Wallace. This song, amongst many others, would go on to take over the charts that year.
As Combs went on to dominate the music industry even further, Combs was served with lawsuits regarding the stampede from years before. These legal issues paired with harassment charges, drug charges and more got Combs into a world of trouble that he was eventually acquitted from.
With his second release in 2001, Combs changed his name to P. Diddy as a way to symbolically break free from his past. In 2005, Combs’ third album Press Play was released and with it, his current moniker, Diddy.