Sean John Combs, better known by his many aliases, including Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, or Puffy, is an American rapper, singer, record producer/executive, actor, and entrepreneur, born on November 4, 1969. Combs is known for many successful records and projects as he is the founder of Bad Boy Records. He has written classic songs for artists such as Mary J. Blige, The Notorious B.I.G., and Usher. His career goes back to 1990, and he’s had a steady stride to irrevocable success. Join us to celebrate his birthday today!
Sean John Combs is a man of many talents, born on November 4, 1969. His birthplace is Harlem, New York City, but he was raised in Mount Vernon. Combs was born to a father who served in the U.S. Air Force and a mother who was a model and a teacher. He is of African American descent and a Scorpio by design. Combs lost his father at two years old and had a rough childhood. He attended Mount Saint Michael Academy, graduating in 1987. He enrolled at Howard University, majoring in business, but resigned after his sophomore year. In 1997, Combs interned at Uptown Records and later rose to become the talent director.
Combs poached The Notorious B.I.G., a newcomer then, from Uptown. Following the success of B.I.G.’s LP, Combs signed more acts to his label. In his early days, he worked with Aretha Franklin, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, TLC, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, SWV, Faith Evans, etc. As a rapper, Combs released his debut single, ‘Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,’ in 1997. The single was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks, peaking at number one. He released his debut album “No Way Out” in July 1997 through his record label. The album dropped after the death of B.I.G., and it included his tribute song ‘I’ll Be Missing You.’ “No Way Out” sold half a million copies in its first week and became a charting success. The album earned five Grammy nominations in 1998 and won the Grammy for Best Rap Album. It was also certified septuple platinum by the RIAA. Combs got into trouble, and by 2005, he had been acquitted of multiple charges. He starred in the film “Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power” the same year and sold half of his company to Warner Music Group. The rapper and record executive ventured into reality television, starring in the VH1 series “I Want to Work for Diddy” in 2008.
Combs launched a Bad Boy Records tour in 2016 to commemorate the label’s 20th anniversary. The record executive has an extensive list of records that he’s produced. His most recent production project was the Grammy award-winning album “Twice as Tall” (2020) by Burna Boy. Aside from music, Combs has multiple business ventures. Combs has a lot to his name, from clothing lines to perfume to his umbrella company. He also owned restaurants, had a major equity stake in Revolt TV, and several more. For such a successful and revered man, Combs’ relationships have always been in the public eye. He has been linked to multiple women and has six children with three of them. He was in a relationship with Kimberly Porter for 13 years and had four children together, including Quincy, whom he adopted. Combs has also been in a long-term relationship with singer and actress Cassie Ventura. They were together for 11 years. Presently, the record executive has been linked to Yung Miami of City Girls.
Combs establishes his record label.
Combs debuts as a rapper with ‘Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down.’
Combs's debut album wins the ‘Best Rap Album’ award at the Grammys.
Combs is among the ‘100 Most Influential People of the year, according to Time magazine.
Combs goes on tour with the biggest names in his record label to celebrate Bad Boy Records’ 20th anniversary.
Why We Love Diddy
He is a philanthropist
Combs helped to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina with one million dollars. He has also donated computers to various schools in New York.
He’s a trend setter
Combs is the first rapper to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He’s a trendsetter who paved the way for present and future rappers.
He is talented
Not many musicians can brag that their debut studio album won a Grammy, but Combs can. He is insanely talented and built differently.
5 Surprising Facts
His father got shot
Combs’ father, Melvin, was shot dead in his car.
‘Puff’ was his childhood nickname
In his childhood, Combs was nicknamed ‘Puff’ because he often ‘huffed’ and ‘puffed’ when he was upset.
Call him Dr. Combs
Combs received an honorary doctorate in humanities from Howard University.
He knows who killed B.I.G.
50 Cent recorded a diss song, ‘Hip-Hop,’ in which the lyrics imply that Combs knows who shot B.I.G.
He dated JLo
Combs and Jennifer Lopez dated for a while.
Why did Diddy change his name?
Combs changed his name from P. Diddy to Diddy to make it easier for his fans to cheer for him.
Who is Diddy’s eldest child?
Justin Combs is Combs’ eldest biological child, but Quincy is the eldest child in the family.
How much is Diddy’s house?
Combs has multiple properties, but his Beverly Hills house is $40 million.
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