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.
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.
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.
Continue reading: P Diddy Arrested For Kettlebell Incident With Son's Football Coach
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.
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.
Continue reading: Drake And Diddy Reportedly Fight Outside Miami Nightclub
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.
Essentially this year's Moneyball, but set in American football rather than baseball, this fast-paced drama is brightly made with an especially strong cast. But only die-hard fans will be able to drum up much interest in the plot, which is played as if it's the most important thing on earth. This insular approach is seriously alienating for audience members with even the slightest sense of perspective about life. Thankfully, the actors are likeable and entertaining.
It's set over the 12 hours leading up to the NFL draft, when teams select the top players from university teams. In Cleveland, manager Sonny (Kevin Costner) is struggling to hang on to his job, arguing with Coach Penn (Denis Leary) about who should be the first pick. And when he swaps with another team for the top selection, the team owner (Frank Langella) pressures Sonny to take the most highly desired player in the field (Josh Pence). But Sonny has his doubts, and amid backroom dealings and frantic last-minute swaps, he also looks at another promising player (Chadwick Boseman) while making sure the team's current quarterback (Tom Welling) is up to his job. Meanwhile, Sonny and the team's financial manager Ali (Jennifer Garner) are in a secret relationship and have just found out that they're pregnant.
Most of this takes place during phone calls, but director Ivan Reitman manages to make this visually intriguing using whizzy split-screen trickery. And while Garner's character feels utterly irrelevant, like a distraction to the main football plot , she adds the badly needed human interest element, as do two other actresses in smaller roles: Ellen Burstyn and Rosanna Arquette as Sonny's mother and ex-wife, respectively. There are also strong cameos from the likes of Sean Combs as a high-powered agent and Sam Elliot as a sporting veteran. And it's all anchored effortlessly by Costner's affable charm, providing resonance in Sonny's attempt to play a long game while being pushed to make the flashier decisions.
Continue reading: Draft Day Review
According to Diddy, J’Lo’s booty is more impressive than Kim Kardashian’s.
Jennifer Lopez and her famous 'booty'
After being shown the video for J’Lo’s latest single ‘Booty’ by Access Hollywood Diddy gushed, "Oh my God! Oh my God, I am so lucky to have that great woman in my history. She is one of the greatest I've ever seen.” The rapper then called Lopez’s famous posterior a “work of art”, saying “It's something that will go down in history.”
Continue reading: Everybody Loves Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Booty’ Including Ex Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs
The music mogul even claimed Kim Kardashian's famous behind is not even in the same league as the 45 year-old singer's.
Even though P Diddy, a.k.a Sean Combs, dated Jennifer Lopez for only a brief period fifteen years ago in 1999, the music mogul is still in awe of the 45 year-old songstress' behind, and even rates it higher than Kim Kardashian's famous butt.
Diddy is still a huge fan of J-Lo's butt
On Tuesday (Sept 30th), Diddy appeared on 'Access Hollywood Live' to promote Revolt TV's upcoming music conference, and after watching a clip of J-Lo's 'Booty' video, he couldn't help but gush about her derrière.
Continue reading: P Diddy Brands Ex-Girlfriend Jennifer Lopez's Booty "A Work Of Art"
Sandra Bullock isn’t the first celeb to have crazed fans sneaking around her house
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock has just recently discovered how far some fans will go to come into contact with their idols as a man broke into her Beverly Hills home in the early hours on Tuesday. Since being arrested, the man who has been identified as Joshua Corbett who is aged 39 and resides in the San Fernando valley, Los Angeles.
A man broke into Bullock's Beverly Hills home while she was inside.
Despite the apparent exclusivity and subsequent security that Beverly Hills affords inhabitants, Bullock’s run-in with the obsessive fan proves that they will often go to ridiculous measures in order to gain recognition from the subject of their adoration. It also presents a worrying security concern as a lapse in mental health often fuels these celebrity obsessions. Most famously, John Hinckley Jr’s assassination attempt on then President, Ronald Raegan, was seen by Hinckley as a way of courting the attention of actress Jodie Foster. But to have a fan invade one’s personal space and most intimate of dwellings is a unsettling notion for most people, never mind those of the celebrity calibre. Here are a selection of unfortunate celebs who’ve been subject to break-ins, robberies and warped fans who got a little too close for comfort.
Dr. Dre has become hip hop's first billionaire, slightly re-organising Forde's five richest hip hop artists.
We hope there's no hard feelings! Dr Dre has overtaken Sean Combs AKA Puff Daddy (or is it P. Diddy, or Puffy, or Diddy?) to become hip hop’s richest man. The rapper has finalised a deal with Apple to sell his stake in Beats Electronics, which will give him a personal fortune of $800 million. Apple are allegedly purchasing Beats Electronics, which produce the popular Beats headphones, for $3.2 billion.
49 year old Dr Dre has become hip hop's first billionaire earner
Upon hearing the news Dre picked up a few bottles of champagne and headed down to the studio with friends Tyrese and F. Gary Gray, where he partied the night away, at one point announcing, “The first billionaire in hop hop…right here from, the mother f**king West Coast!”
Date of birth
4th November, 1969
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