Sean Combs (born November 4th, 1969) Sean John Combs, otherwise known by his stage names P. Diddy, Puff Daddy and Diddy, is an American rapper record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Best known for his tracks 'Can't Nobody Hold Me Down' and 'It's All About the Benjamins', he's also globally recognised for signing some of the most successful artists in history, such as The Notorious B.I.G. 2006 saw Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley name October 13th as "Diddy Day" as a form of gratitude for Combs' charity work. In 2008 Combs was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Net Worth: In 2015 Forbes stated that Combs' net worth is approximately $735 million.
Personal Life: Sean Combs was born in Harlem, New York City, and raised in Mount Vernon, New York. His mother was a teacher's assistant and model, and his father - who was connected with convicted drug dealer Frank Lucas - was shot to death while sitting in his car whilst Combs was still a child. Combs later stage name Puff Daddy derived from his time spent at Mount Saint Michael Academy: 'Puff' was a nickname given to him when angry due to his huffing and puffing, whilst 'Daddy' (another word for 'player') was associated with him playing football for the school. Combs graduated from the academy in 1987.
Combs is the father of six children. Between 1994 and 2007 he had a relationship with Kimberly Porter, who he had a son and twin daughters with. Combs also adopted and raised Porter's son Quincy from a previous relationship she had with singer/producer Al B. Sure. Combs' daughter Chance was born to Sarah Chapman in 2007. Combs' sons have both had lavish, televised parties for their sixteenth birthdays - his son Justin was given a $360,000 Maybach luxury car alongside a chauffeur as his father's gift. Combs two homes have a joint value that exceeds $20 million.
Career: After two years spent at Howard University Combs dropped out in 1990 as a business major. He then became an intern at New York's Uptown Records. As a talent director at Uptown he was instrumental in Jodeci and Mary J. Blige's career success. During this time Combs was also known to throw large parties with thousands of attendants. Combs promoted an AIDS fundraiser alongside Heavy D at the City College of New York gymnasium after a charity basketball game. The event was sold out, and a stampede caused the death of nine people. 1993 saw Combs fired from Uptown. He then created Bad Boy Records as in partnership with Arista Records. The Notorious B.I.G was one of Combs' first signings, who released hit singles and successful LPs via the label. Combs then went on to sign more acts to Bad Boy from the likes of Carl Thomas to Father MC. 'The Hitmen', Combs' production team, worked with musicians that went on to be globally recognised in later life such as Mary J.Blige, Usher, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. A rivalry brewed midway through the 90s between Bad Boy and the West Coast's Death Row Records. Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G had a feud between each other during this period.
Combs' first commercial work as a rapper came in 1997 as Puff Daddy. His debut single, 'Can't Nobody Hold Me Down', held the top spot on the US Billboard 100. His debut record, No Way Out, was reworked dramatically after the murder of The Notorious B.I.G on March 7th, 1997, before its release via his label in July. The album peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 in its first week. 1998 saw Combs win the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, with the album being certified septuple platinum by the RIAA for sales of over 7 million copies. A year later Combs was charged with the assault of rapper Nas' manage Steve Stoute of Interscope Records over a supposedly blasphemous music video. Combs was sentenced to attend an anger management class. In August 1999 Combs' next album, entitled Forever, launched and peaked at number two in the USA. In December of that year gunfire broke out at a Club New York in Manhattan whilst Combs and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were inside. Combs was later charged with four weapons-related charges alongside fellow rapper Shyne. Combs was later found not guilty on all charges, whilst Shyne was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison. Combs and Lopez separated soon after.
Combs changed his stage name from 'Puff Daddy' to 'P. Diddy' in 2001. He also stared in the 2001 films Made and Monster's Ball. June of that year saw Combs remove the association between Bad Boy Entertainment and Arista Records, consequently giving him full control of the label and its artists. Combs' third studio album The Saga Continues. came out in July and was marked as the last album release from the joint venture. The record peaked at number two in the USA and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Combs ran in the 2003 New York City Marathon and raised $2 million for the city's educational system. He performed as P. Diddy at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.
Combs' third name change to 'Diddy' in 2005 provoked London-based DJ Richard Dearlove, who had been performing under the name 'Diddy' for over ten years, into seeking an injunction in the High Court of Justice in London. The result was that Combs can no longer use the name Diddy in the UK. Combs also starred in the film Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, sold half of his record company to the Warner Music Group, hosted the MTV Video Music Awards and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2005 by Time magazine all in the same year. The following year Combs' LP Press Play came out, debuting at number one in the USA.
In March 2008 the Los Angeles Times falsely accused The Notorious B.I.G. and Combs as the individuals behind Tupac's murder. Once the paper had recognised that the FBI documents their claims were based upon were not genuine, they withdrew the story. Combs premiered his VH1 reality TV series I Want to Work for Diddy in August.
'The Dream Team', the rap supergroup Combs' created, was made public in 2010 and included Combs, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Red Café, and Fabolous. Combs played the role of Sergio Roma, a record company executive, in the 2010 comedy film Get Him to the Greek. Last Train to Paris, Diddy's fifth LP, was released on December 13, 2010. 'Coming Home' was the most successful of the album's singles, peaking at number four in the UK.
Other Achievements: 2002 saw Fortune magazine list Combs at number twelve on their top 40 of entrepreneurs under 40. In 1998, Combs started the clothing line Sean John, which won the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) award for Menswear Designer of the Year in 2004. In 2003 the National Labor Committee stated that the clothing line's factories in Honduras were violating the country's labour laws - accusations included sweatshop wages, overtime working hours and involuntary pregnancy tests. Improvements, such as air conditioning and water purification systems, were made by February. Two years later and reports from Macy's department store stated that Sean John jackets were made using dog fur - consequently they were removed from shelves and production of them was stopped.
Combs has also owned two restaurants called Justin's, named after his son. Both are now closed. Combs agreed to develop the Ciroc vodka brand for a 50 percent share of the profits in October 2007. Combs has also founded Daddy's House Social Programs, an organisation aiming to help inner city youth. Alongside Jay-Z, in 2005 he donated $1 million to help support victims of Hurricane Katrina, as well as donating clothing from his Sean John line.
On June 22, 2015, Combs was accused of assaulting one of his son's football coaches with a deadly weapon after seeing the coach shout at his son.
Combs reckons that 'Black Panther' hasn't been the industry game-changer it should have been.
When it came out earlier this year, Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther was widely regarded as a movie industry game-changer as well as an exceptional film. Rap legend Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs, however, begs to differ.
Describing Black Panther as a “cruel experiment”, the 48 year old star believes that it was just a token effort at inclusion, rather than the full-blown revolution it ought to have been.
“Black Panther was a cruel experiment, because we live in 2018, and it's the first time that the film industry gave us a fair playing field on a worldwide blockbuster, and the hundreds of millions it takes to make it,” Combs told Variety this week.
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More than 20 years after his Platinum hit, Craig Mack passes away.
Tragedy has struck the New York hip hop community as it's revealed that rapper Craig Mack has died aged 46. While he had long since given up his musical ambitions, he is still remembered and loved by his former associates including Sean 'Diddy' Combs who first signed him.
Sean Combs at 'The Four' viewing party
Craig Mack, who is best known for his 1994 Grammy-nominated smash hit 'Flava in Ya Ear', passed away at a hospital in South Carolina on Monday (March 12th 2018) from heart failure, having been seriously ill for some time according to his close friend and former producer Alvin Toney.
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Being late to 'The Ellen Show' is just a bit no-no.
Sean Combs made a huge celebrity faux pas this week when he showed up to 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' super late for his interview. Of course, the host berated him a little for his tardiness, and ended up making him promise that he isn't too late for her belated 60th birthday party.
Sean Combs at the Pirelli calendar event
After a brief discussion about the rapper's latest moniker (it's not Diddy, Puff Daddy or Puffy anymore, it's Love), Ellen smoothly segued into the reason why he kept her, her producers and her audience waiting. It's not clear how late he arrived, but it was apparently too late for hair and make-up.
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At least we don't have to get used to another name for the guy.
Sean Combs aka Diddy loves to reinvent his image with a new stage name every few years, and was recently reported that his latest incarnation was Brother Love or just Love. However, it seems the rapper wasn't being entirely serious about his romantic new moniker.
Sean Combs at a Rehab Beach Club Pool Party
The 48-year-old isn't exactly well known as a comedian, but he insists that he was joking when he revealed in a video on Twitter that he had changed his name once again and no longer wants to be referred to as Diddy, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy or Puff.
Continue reading: Sean Combs' 'Brother Love' Name Change 'Joke' Doesn't Exactly Land
New York-born music mogul P Diddy has revealed he's fulfilled his ambition of meeting celebrity chef Salt Bae.
P Diddy has realised his ambition of meeting celebrity chef Salt Bae.
A video has surfaced on the internet of the chart-topping rap star meeting the internet sensation, whose real name is Nusret Gokce, and in the clip, Diddy admits to being a fan of Salt Bae, who became a worldwide star for the way in which he flamboyantly sprinkled salt on a steak.
Diddy says: ''I've wanted to meet him for a long time. He's in my Ciroc commercial, he's sprinkling us with that flavour, man.
Continue reading: P Diddy Reveals He's A Fan Of Salt Bae
Stars reflect on their memories of the rap legend.
The biggest hip hop stars have weighed in on the terrible tragedy that was the death of The Notorious B.I.G. 20 years ago. The sadness felt in the rap community is testament to Biggie's timeless talent, and the sheer size of his impact on lyricists around the world.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs remembers his old pal Biggie
In 1997, The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie aka Biggie Smalls was killed in a drive-by shooting in LA at the age of just 24, just weeks before the release of his seminal second album 'Life After Death'. Now, on the 20th anniversary of his passing, his friends and fans have opened up about the saddening loss.
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs seen at the King and Queen of Hearts World Tour Concert After Party held at LIV nightclub, Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Tuesday 29th November 2016
Sean Combs at the Boys & Girls Harbor 'Salute To Achievement' held at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center - New York, United States - Tuesday 27th September 2016
Sean Combs attending the MTV Video Music Awards 2016 held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. United States - Sunday 28th August 2016
Combs replaces Dr Dre as the highest-earning hip-hop star in the world, making $60 million in the last 12 months.
Despite not having released an album in nearly half a decade, Sean “P Diddy” Combs has been revealed as the highest-earning hip-hop star in the world this year with a gross income of $60 million from June 2014 to June 2015.
Diddy displaces Dr Dre in Forbes’ annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings rundown, with his income coming from various successful business ventures plus number of sponsorship and endorsement deals. His Ciroc brand of vodka has proven extremely popular in the States, and it has been this that has formed the bedrock of his financial health this year.
The rapper has also enjoyed income from his clothing line Sean John, his water brand Aquahydrate and TV network Revolt.
Continue reading: Sean 'Diddy' Combs Revealed As Highest-Earning Hip-Hop Star Of 2015
P Diddy was using the kettlebell as a form of defence, according to sources.
Rapper Sean Combs, aka P Diddy, has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon at the University of California in Los Angeles. Combs, 45, was booked after an incident involving a kettlebell and his son's football coach.
Sources say P Diddy was defending himself with the kettlebell
The rapper was released late on Monday night after posting bail and his representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, the celebrity website TMZ.com cited unidentified sources who said Combs was involved in an argument with a football tea coach at the campus's athletic facility. His son, Justin Combs, is on the college football team on a scholarship.
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The music mogul, formerly known as Puff Daddy, allegedly beat up the Canadian rapper after partying in Miami, but there are conflicting reports as to why this happened.
In the early hours of Monday morning (Dec 8th) two of the biggest names in hip-hop, Diddy and Drake, reportedly began brawling outside a Miami Beach club after some negative comments were aimed at singer Cassie.
Drake engaged in a physical altercation with Diddy at club LIV in Miami
As Art Basel Miami was coming to an end, both stars attended club LIV to celebrate DJ Khaled's birthday celebrations, and it was initially reported that they engaged in a physical confrontation after Drake said some disparaging comments about Diddy's 28-year-old girlfriend at about 4 a.m.
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While talking about his romance with the Hollywood actress, the music mogul recently said if he "could turn back time, things would be different!'"
Although P Diddy, real name Sean Combs, has had a hugely successful career in the hip-hop world, and seems to always have a gorgeous woman by his side, but the music mogul recently revealed he regrets ending things with former flame Cameron Diaz.
P Diddy wishes he never let Cameron Diaz get away
Diddy, who famously dated Jennifer Lopez for three years, couldn't help but gush about the Hollywood actress while enjoying a night out with friends, calling her the "sexiest girl in the world," according to Us Weekly.
Continue reading: P Diddy Regrets Letting The "Sexiest Girl In The World" Cameron Diaz Get Away
Puff Daddy - American rapper Puff Daddy celebrates Labor Day Weekend at REHAB wearing a black T-shirt and white shorts - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 1st September 2014
Cassie Ventura, Cassie and Sean Combs - 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards afterparty held at Sunset Towers - Outside Arrivals - West Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014
Date of birth
4th November, 1969
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