Sean “P. Diddy” Combs
Sean “P Diddy” Combs
Sean Combs also known as Puff Daddy is one of the most influential music composers/ producers in hip hop today. He has overcome poverty after growing up on the hard streets of Harlem New York to become one of the biggest names of today’s celebrities. Of course he didn’t attain this goal without a lot of hard work in producing number 1 hits with artists such as Mary J. Blige and the Notorious BIG. Diddy has come a long way in his life and now is very successful in the music, television, and fashion industries. He is the true epitome of an entrepreneur, and as he would say, “ Don’t chase the money, chase the dream” (Puff). P Diddy is responsible for more classic hip hop records than most artists, mc’s, or producers to date (Ronin). Sean Combs was born in Harlem New York on November 1, 1970. His mother Janice Combs worked as a model and his father Melvin Combs worked for a huge drug kingpin by the name of Frank Lucas whose life is portrayed in the 2008 film “American Gangster” (Gelfand). When Sean was three years old his father was murdered while sitting in his car at a Manhattan park (Torres). Given his fathers high profile with Frank Lucas, the murder was surely committed over drugs or money. After his fathers murder, his mother decided to remain in Harlem because she wanted her kids to experience the diversity of city life (Sean “Diddy”). After his years in Harlem, his family decided to move to Mount Vernon New York where Combs would attend private school (Sean “Diddy”). This is the school where Sean was given the name Puffy by one of his football teammates (Puff). He said that Sean would always like to puff his chest out to make him look larger than he was; it was a means of intimidation directed at the opposing teams (Ronin). Sean’s entrepreneurial qualities started coming out at a young age when he decides to work two paper routes (Sean “Diddy”). Along with the income of his paper routes, he would also promote music at house parties and concerts to help with the financial costs of attending Howard University in Washington DC (Ronin). While studying at Howard University, he discovers his love for marketing and party promotion (Torres). Shortly thereafter, at the young age of nineteen, he accepts an internship at uptown records where his fruitful career will begin under the supervision of a man named Andre Harrel. Combs has never married but is the biological father of five children (Gelfand). His first biological son was conceived with his high school sweetheart and designer, Misa Hylton Brim (Gelfand). They named their son Justin Dior Combs who was born in December of 1993 (Gelfand). His second child, Christian Casey Combs was born in April of 1998 with his girlfriend Kim Porter (Torres). Kim porter also birthed Diddy’s twin daughters, D’lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs in December of 2006 (Gelfand). Just recently in 2007, Sean took custody of his fifth child Chance Combs from his ex Sarah Chapman (Gelfand). Today Diddy is in good health and plans on keeping it that way for the sake of his family and business. Ever since Saun was a child he was always actively involved in sports and very healthy (Puff). On November 3, 2003 Combs ran the New York City marathon in an effort to raise one million dollars for the Children’s Hope Foundation and New York city’s surrounding public schools (Sean “Diddy”). Health in the workplace is also very important to Diddy. He does not like his assistants or anyone who works for Bad Boy Records to smoke or drink. In his opinion, maintaining good health is vital for focus and efficiency in the work place. As far as ambition goes, Diddy is still very much and entrepreneur. He is always finding new avenues that will promote his empire to new heights. Just recently he held auditions for a band to perform live with him after the release of his new album. Also numerous TV...
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