Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969), known variously as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, Puffy, and Brother Love, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur.
Growing up in New York City, he got his start interning at Uptown Records. After being fired, he established his own record label, Bad Boy Entertainment, which would go on to feature big names like The Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack, and Boyz II Men. In 1997, he released his debut album, No Way Out, which was in part a tribute to Biggie, who had been killed that same year. One of the album's singles, "I'll Be Missing You", topped the Billboard chart for eleven weeks, while the album itself was certified platinum multiple times.
After getting into some legal problems in the late 1990s/early 2000s, he continued to release music, with successful albums like Forever, The Saga Continues..., and Press Play.
- No Way Out (1997)
- Forever (1999)
- The Saga Continues... (2001)
- Press Play (2006)
- Last Train to Paris (2010)
- MMM (Money Making Mitch) (2015)
Notable film appearances:
- Made (2001) as Ruiz
- Monster's Ball (2001) as Lawrence Musgrove
- A Raisin in the Sun (2008) as Walter Lee Younger
- Get Him to the Greek (2010) as Sergio Roma
- Draft Day (2014) as Chris Crawford
- Muppets Most Wanted (2014) as himself
Contains examples of:
- Armor-Piercing Question: "Coming Home"What am I s'posed to do when the club lights come on?
It's easy to be Puff but it's harder to be Sean
What if my twins ask why I ain't marry their mom?
Damn... how do I respond?
What if my son stares with a face like my own
And says he wants to be like me when he's grown?
Shit... but I ain't finished growing!
- I Have Many Names: As the description pointed out, Combs has been referred to by various stage names.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "I'll Be Missing You" takes a sample of the downbeat "Every Breath You Take" and yet spins everything into a sunny upbeat melody, when it's a Grief Song serving as a tribute to the late Biggie Smalls.
- Rated G for Gangsta: Started as "Puff Daddy", a pot-loving rapper. Now, he owns a clothing line. Sure, he was never actually badass, but still, he went from advocating use of a illegal substance, to, well, whatever he is now.