Born in Harlem, New York, at an early age Sean Combs suffered tragedy when his father was killed when he was three years old. Soon after, his mother Janice moved the family from Harlem to a suburb of the Bronx. As an adolescent, Sean soaked up the rising hip hop movement in the 80’s, in the fall of 1988, he attended Howard University, studying business administration – but his real education came when he left in 1990 for an opportunity at a New York record label named Uptown Records.
He went from intern to vice president and had success producing music. Two weeks after being fired from Uptown Records, Diddy formed Bad Boy records and produced the legendary debut of a Brooklyn rapper named the Notorious BIG. The record skyrocketed Diddy’s and Biggie’s name in the rap world. Diddy became one of the most sought after record producers, producing music for Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, 112, Mase and Craig Mack.
In March of 1997, after a Vibe magazine party in L.A., the Notorious BIG was shot to death by an unknown assailant. Diddy was riding in the vehicle ahead of Big’s. Later that year, Diddy released “No Way Out” his first solo album as an performer, which featured a tribute to the Notorious BIG, “I’ll Be Missing You”. The record was a chart topping success. A year later Puffy had a clothing line and began to expand his brand as a mogul.
Sean Combs has become one of the wealthiest moguls in hip hop and has been an executive producer of a reality show. He’s an actor, a resturant owner, and even ran the New York city marathon, to raising one million dollars for children charities and for the New York city public schools. He is platinum selling artist and producer who continues to work with artists today.
Today we salute and wish a happy birthday to the original Bad Boy, Sean “Diddy” Combs!