P. Diddy’s Biography
P-Diddy, born Sean John Combs, was born on November 4, 1969 in Harlem, New York City. He is also called Puff Daddy, Sean “Puffy” Combs etc. Sean John is US record producer, CEO and founder of the Bad Boyd Entertainment, which was one of the leading company in music industry in the late 1990s.
Contracts with the higher echelons of singers including Father MC, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, 112 and Craig Mack brought him the real success. P. Diddy’s music career as long as his production activity has been always criticized for the excessively commercialized approach intended for the mainstream market.
P. Diddy grew up in the middle class neighborhood. He studied in the Howard University in Washington D.C. before becoming an intern at the Upton Records. Just a few months later John became an A&R executive and was assisting in producing Father’s Day, What’s the 411&, Blue Funk. After being fired in 1993, Diddy developed his own label Bad Boy Records, which soon signed Craig Mack and the Notorious B.I.G. Both of the projects soon released the popular singles, which were followed by no less successful LPs. Diddy’s company also cooperated with Faith Evans, 112 and Total, besides it was producing for Lil’Kim, TLC, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, SWV, Aretha Franklin etc.
Puff started his own singing career in 1997 by issuing the single Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down, which was followed by I’ll Be Missing You. Both songs got really successful. Song I’ll be Missing You won Grammy in the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group category. Later John along with other labelmates called the Family released an LP No Way Out in 1998, which got the Best Rap Album on the same Grammy ceremony.
In 1999 Diddy was accused in attacking Steve Stoute from Interscope Records. Stoute worked as the Nas manager, who produced the video for the song Hate Me Now that featured Puffy being crucified. Despite the fact that Sean has filmed the video on his own will earlier that year, he asked Stoute to remove his images. Stoute’s rejection led to the fight and Daddy was consequently arrested.
Besides, the skirmish in the Manhattan nightclub, in which he took part, didn’t favor his blemished reputation. Puffy along with the fellow rapper Shyne were arrested weapons violations and other civil charges, which accumulated at a time. The trial captured the headlines. Nevertheless, Puffy was soon acquitted for the charges concerning the shooting incident. At the same moment he breaks up with Jennifer Lopez. And as the media agiotage calms down, Sean changes his stage name to P. Diddy.
Since then P. Diddy was thoroughly trying to recover his image, but his efforts were futile owing to the next assault charges from the Michigan television host and the further arrest for driving on a suspended license in Florida. But in spite of the enduring problems with the law, P. Diddy issued the long-delayed gospel album Thank You along with the solo hip hop LP The Saga Continues. But after the more serious legal charges such as accusation in reckless driving from the Miami police took place, Diddy started working with untypical for him singers including David Bowie, Britney Spears and NSync.
It was followed by the boycott for Diddy’s Bad Boy Records- Arista Records quitted distributing the Bad Boy releases. During that period left the label including Faith Evans, 112 was about to leave, but he stayed. So, in the result, Bad Boy Records was transformed in the independent record company.
In 2002 Diddy created his own reality show Making the Band 2 that was transmitted on MTV. It was the sequel of the first show Making the Band. According to the conditions of the show the contestants compete for being the part of the newly launched band by Bad Boy Records.
A year later Puff organized the New York charity marathon, during which he collected nearly $2,000,000 for the educational system for the New York children. In March of 2004 he appeared on Oprah Winfrey Show march episode in order to discuss the marathon.
P. Diddy is one of the most successful entrepreneurial musicians in the US music industry. In 2002 he was named the #12 on the list of the 40 Richest People Under 40 by the Fortune magazine.
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