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

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In addition to Craig Mack and The Notorious B.I.G., Puffy also broke groundbreaking acts like Mase, The LOX, Black Rob, Shyne, and R&B singers Faith Evans and Carl Thomas.

Puff Daddy featuring Mase “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”

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The LOX “Money, Power, Respect”

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Black Rob “Whoa”

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Shyne featuring Barrington Levy “Bad Boyz”

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Faith Evans “Soon As I Get Home”

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The success that Puffy garnered with Bad Boy Records wasn’t enough. Puffy had dreams of being an entertainer like the many artists that he helped bring to the forefront. So, on July 1st, 1997, just months after his most successful artist, The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in Los Angeles, Puffy released his debut album No Way Out and officially changed his name from “Puff Daddy” to “P. Diddy” at the suggestion of his friend and rap mentor The Notorious B.I.G.

No Way Out cover art

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Puffy proved to himself that he could be an entertainer. He was ready to go on to the next venture! After revolutionizing hip-hop streetwear with the shiny suits, Puffy was ready to transition into couture fashion. In 1998 at New York Fashion week, Puffy launched his super successful clothing line Sean John and added Fashion Designer to his resume.

Sean John 10-Year Anniversary Runway Show At Macys Herald Square

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