Hip Hop’s True Renaissance Man: A Retrospective of the Career of Sean “Puffy” Combs

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“It’s not really how you start. It’s not about a leg. It’s about the overall race and that’s one of the reasons why I’m a marathon runner. I ain’t no sprinter. I can walk out my door right now and run a marathon right now and that’s what separates you from me.” – Sean “Diddy” Combs

In celebration of Sean Combs’ stellar career that has spanned over a quarter of a century, we’re taking a look back on all of his biggest accomplishments. Known to many as “Puffy” or “Puff Daddy” or “P. Diddy” or simply just “Diddy,” whichever moniker you refer to him as, there’s no denying Sean Combs is Hip-Hop’s true “Renaissance Man.” Establishing himself early on as a rap promoter and record producer in the early 90’s for up-and-coming acts like Mary J. Blige and Jodeci, Puffy would later transition into a successful entrepreneur becoming the CEO of his own record label Bad Boy Records. It’s hard to believe that Puffy started out as just an intern at the now defunct Uptown Records. It’s even harder to believe that he would later get fired by his former boss, Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell and then hire Harrell back years later once he himself was established as a successful music executive. Before anything, Puffy is a hard worker. According to him, you get out whatever you put in and this idea and mindset is what has taken him all the way to the top.

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Born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, Puffy worked as a Hip-Hop promoter early in his career. In 1991, Puffy partnered with famous rapper Heavy D, also from Mount Vernon to throw the first annual Heavy D and Puff Daddy Celebrity Basketball Game at Manhattan’s City College. The game was intended to raise money for AIDS charities. Due to overcrowding and low security, a stampede occurred leaving nine people dead. Puffy has been quoted as saying that the event is something that he deals with everyday of his life. However, in spite of this tragic event, Puffy continued to work hard toward his dream of being a successful music executive.

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In 1993, after being terminated from his position at Uptown Records, Puffy founded his own label Bad Boy Records. At the time his most popular artist was Craig Mack, a rapper from Brentwood, Long Island who had started creating some buzz with his 1994 single “Flava In Your Ear.”

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