Today in Hip Hop History: November 4, 1969
Sean John Combs, aka Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, P Diddy, was born in Harlem, New York City in 1969. Puff Daddy is a rapper, producer, actor, music executive and entrepreneur. He is one of the largest personalities in recent hip hop history.
Puff Daddy got his start as an intern at Uptown Records after dropping out of Howard University. After being fired from Uptown he began his own record label, Bad Boy Records, as a joint venture with Arista Records. His first artists, Notorious B.I.G. and Craig Mack, released hit singles and classic debut albums. The label picked up momentum signing Faith Evans, 112, and many more in addition to producing for Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil’ Kim, TLC and others.
Under his first pseudonym Puff Daddy, Sean released his debut album No Way Out in 1997. The album became RIAA Certified 7x Platinum and won him 5 nominations and one award in the 40th Grammy Awards.
Puff Daddy then changed his name to P. Diddy in 2001. Four years later, he then changed his name again to Diddy. In addition to a highly successful music career, Puff Daddy has been involved in several other ventures. He has starred in several films, a Broadway revival and a television show. In 1998, he started his own clothing line, Sean John. Additionally, he owns half of Ciroc, Revolt TV and designed one of the Dallas Maverick’s alternate jerseys.
Puff Daddy remains as one of the most known hip hop moguls. His solo career, mentoring capabilities and production talents retain their importance in the music. He also has cemented himself in American culture through his outside endeavors as well. Happy Birthday Puffy!