Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy

Puff Daddy

About Puff Daddy

Regardless of his chosen moniker of the moment, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' impact on hip-hop is tangible and lasting. As a relentless young exec, Combs (born in 1969) helped mould stars like Mary J. Blige and Jodeci at Uptown Records before founding Bad Boy Entertainment in 1993. He signed an assortment of talent like The Notorious B.I.G. and Mase, enlisted The Hitmen production team to flip '70s and '80s R&B/soul classics into radio-friendly jams, and boosted his own celebrity by dropping flashy guest verses. His ability to mastermind an undeniable hit led to Bad Boy dominating rap in the '90s. But tragedy struck when B.I.G. was shot and killed in L.A. in 1997. Combs honoured his friend that July with his debut LP, No Way Out, which featured the somber, Sting-sampling eulogy "I'll Be Missing You". It solidified Combs' renown on the mic and preceded a spate of robust records—Forever, The Saga Continues... and Press Play—as well as booming business ventures. In 2010, he teamed with singers Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper (branded as Diddy – Dirty Money) to release The Last Train to Paris, which earned a cult following with its futuristic blend of hip-hop, R&B, Europop, house and techno. He later founded the TV network REVOLT and wouldn't release another project until 2015's MMM (Money Making Mitch) mixtape. But he never forgot the fans who helped his rise: Combs corralled the '90s Bad Boys roster for a reunion tour in 2016 and chronicled the experience in an Apple Music exclusive. The doc showcases him at his most unforgiving, charismatic, detail-oriented––and operating with the same hunger that made him a legend.

    New York, NY [Harlem]
  • BORN
    04 November 1969

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