Produced in Harlem, Ny, on November 4, 1969, Sean Combs started his music production company, Bad Boy Entertainment, in 1993, and worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Biggie Smalls. Vocalist, songwriter and producer Sean John Combs was born on November 4, 1969, in Harlem, Nyc. He earned the nickname “Puffy” in high school due to his habit of puffing out his chest to make his body look larger. Combs would later take on different monikers, including “Puff Daddy,” “P. Diddy” and “Diddy.”
Sean “Puffy” Combs majored in business administration at Howard University, making weekly dance parties and directing an airport shuttle service while attending courses. He dropped out to pursue an internship at Uptown Records, which led into a talent manager place. Combs quickly increased to the degree of vice president and had success making several essential musicians for Uptown, but left the business in the early 1990s. In 1996, Combs was named as ASCAP’s “Songwriter of the Year.” By 1997, Bad Boy Entertainment had sold almost $100 million in records, and made a multimillion-dollar deal with Arista Records for direction of the label.
Nielsen SoundScan named No Way Out as the third best selling LP of 1997, with more than 3.4 million copies sold in the United States. Combs released his second album, Forever, in 1999. The exact same year, his recently established clothes line, Sean John, debuted in America.
In December 1999, Combs and his then-girlfriend, actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, were supposedly involved with a shooting incident in a Nyc club, where three people were injured. Combs was later charged with four counts of illegal firearm possession and one count of bribery; prosecutors maintained he offered his driver, Wardel Fenderson, $50,000 to say that the rich firearm cops had discovered at the scene of the offense was Fenderson’s. His trial started in late January 2001.
In 2002, Combs released We Invented the Remix followed by Bad Boy’s 10th Anniversary…The Hits in 2004. Though his Bad Boy music label was severely declining, it found new life with Combs’s 2006 release Press Play, which featured Brandy, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland. Combs branched into reality television with all the premier of his VH1 show I Want to Work for Diddy in August 2008.