Sean John Combs, better known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy and Love, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur. He was born in Harlem and raised in Mount Vernon, New York. Take a look below for 32 more fun and interesting facts about Sean Combs.
1. Sean Combs worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding Bad Boy Records in 1993.
2. He was a corner back and a running back in high school at Mount Saint Michaels Academy in the Bronx. He also thought that he would win the Heisman Trophy and play in the Super Bowl.
3. During his college years at Howard University, he was a doorman at a Marriott Hotel. He said, “I didn’t have no ego. Doorman had to wear crazy hats. I looked like Troy, Roman times.”
4. When he was trying to get a music industry internship, he interviewed with Lyor Cohen. Even to this day, Lyor says that he doesn’t remember him.
5. Father MC’s “I’ll Do For You” is his first credit on record.
6. The first complete album that Sean Combs worked on was Mary J. Blige’s “What’s the 411?”
7. Of all the work Diddy has done, his favorite collaboration is still Method Man and Mary J. Blige’s Grammy Award winning remix for “All I Need.”
8. Diddy released his debut album “No Way Out” in 1997, which has been certified seven times platinum and was followed by successful albums such as “Forever”, “The Saga Continues…”, and “Press Play”.
9. In 2009, Diddy formed the musical group Diddy Dirty Money and released the critically well reviewed and commercially successful album “Last Train to Paris.”
10. Combs has won two Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards. He is also the producer of MTV’s Making the Band.
11. His non-music business ventures include the clothing line Sean John and Sean by Sean Combs for which he earned a Council of Fashion Designers of America award, a movie production company, and two restaurants.
12. Combs and The Notorious B.I.G. were criticized and parodied by Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight in songs and interviews during the mid-1990s.
13. In 1997, under the name Puff Daddy, Combs recorded his first commercial vocal work as a rapper.
14. His debut single, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” spent 28 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number one.
15. In April, 1999, Diddy was charged with assault as a result of an incident with Steve Stoute of Interscope Records.
16. Diddy’s mother, Janice, was a model and a teacher’s assistant. His father, Melvin, was an associate of convicted New York drug dealer Frank Lucas.
17. Combs said that he was given the nickname “Puff” as a child because he would “huff and puff” when he was angry. “Daddy” is another version of “player.”
18. In his college days, Combs had a reputation for throwing parties, some of which attracted up to a thousand participants.
19. In 1991, Combs promoted an AIDS fundraiser with Heavy D held at the City College of New York gym, following a charity basketball game. The event was oversold and a stampede occurred, in which 9 people died.
20. The Hitmen, his in-house production team, worked with Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lil’ Kim, TLC, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, SWV, Aretha Franklin and others.
21. During 1994 and 1995, Diddy produced several songs for TLC’s “CrazySexyCool”, which finished the decade as number 25 on Billboards list of top pop albums of the decade.
22. Sean Combs collaborated with Jimmy Page on the song “Come with Me” for the 1998 film Godzilla.
23. The album earned Diddy five nominations at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998, winning the Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album.
24. By the late 1990s, Diddy was being criticized for watering down and overly commercializing hip hop, and for using too many guest appearances, samples and interpolations of past hits in his new songs.
25. Sean Combs changed his stage name from “Puff Daddy” to “P. Diddy” in 2001.
26. He appeared as a drug dealer in the movie “Mad” and stared with Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton in “Monster’s Ball.”
27. Diddy was an opening act for ‘N Sync on their Spring 2002 Celebrity Tour, and he signed California based pop girl group Dream to his record label.
28. Combs was a producer of the soundtrack album for the movie “Training Day.”
29. Diddy was the executive producer of the reality television show “Making the Band”, which appeared on MTV from 2002 to 2009.
30. In 2003, Combs ran in the New York City Marathon, raising $2 million for the educational system of the city of New York.
31. Combs is the father of six children. His first child, Justin, was born in 1993 to his high school sweetheart, designer Misa Hylton-Brim. Combs’ sons Quincy and Justin both appeared on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16.”
32. Combs owns a home in Alpine, New Jersey, which he bought for a reported $7 million. His winter home in Miami Beach was bought for $14.5 million in November, 2003.