Sean Combs, also known as his stage name Puff Daddy or P Diddy, is an American rapper who is best recognized for having worked with singers such as Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey. Regularly exposed to music as a teen, he was especially fond of hip hop artists Run D.M.C., Grandmaster Flash and KRS-One growing up. During his college days, he began involving himself in the rap scene, promoting various events and eventually securing an internship at the New York based Uptown Records. Quickly rising in ranks, Combs soon became the vice president within a year. In 1993, the music producer formed his own recording company, Bad Boy Entertainment. It wasn’t long until he began working with up-and-coming singers such as Babyface, Lil’ Kim and Faith Evans, to name a few. A few years later, Combs released his debut album entitled, No Way Out in 1997ーit remains his best-selling album to date.
Following the success of his initial record, he later released a second album in 1999. Throughout his professional singing career, Combs has released a total of five full-length albums and over seventy singles; he has also been featured as a lead artist in various other songs, many of which have received RIAA certification. Estimated to have a net worth of close to $735 million, the record producer and musician has accumulated a large collection of awards over the years. So far, he has won two MTV Video Music Awards, three Grammy Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three BET Awards and two Billboard Music Awards, amongst various others. In the spring of 2008, Combs was also honoured with his own star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame.
Following the success of his debut effort, the rapper released his second studio album, Forever in August 1999. His second RIAA certified album, it entered at number two on the US Billboard 200 and received much positive attention from critics upon its release.
In 1999 Sean “Puffy” Combs and Jennifer Lopez were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon after a gun was allegedly found in their car as they left a nightclub where three people were shot and wounded.
Police were investigating eyewitness accounts alleging that Combs fired a gun in the club following a dispute near the bar area, said a police source. The gun found in the car was reported stolen from Georgia, according to another police source, who also insisted on anonymity.
Combs, the millionaire rapper and record producer, and Lopez, actress and singer known for such films as “Out of Sight,” were stopped in a car with two other people around 2:30 a.m., about 10 minutes after the shooting at Club NY, a trendy dance club.
The two, who were dating, were in the back seat of a Jeep with a driver and a bodyguard in the front. None of the four had a license for the gun found in the Jeep.
A year after the new millennium, Combs released his third full-length album entitled The Saga Continues…in July 2001.
The rapper didn’t release his next album until half a decade later in October 2006. Given the title Press Play, the conceptual album contained mostly hip hop and dance-pop oriented sounds, revolving around the themes of love and relationships. Although not as successful as his prior efforts, the album still managed to top the US Billboard 200 shortly upon its release, selling over 173,000 during the initial week.
He has since released a mixtape but to poor commercial success, however has appeared in numerous television shows and movies.