P Diddy or more known as Puff Daddy is an American rapper and record executive. He established Bad Boy Entertainment and produced a lot of hits for other talents such as The Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, and TLC. Learn more about P Diddy net worth, how he gets into trouble, and why he keeps changing his name.
Celebrity Name: Puff Daddy
Nickname: P. Diddy, Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy, Love, Brother Love
Real Name: Sean John Combs
Birth Date: November 4, 1969
Current Age: 51
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Birth Place: New York City, USA
Ancestry: African American
Parents: Melvin Earl Combs, Janice Smalls
Sibling/s: Keisha Combs
Height: 5’10” (178cm)
Weight: 189lbs (86kg)
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Relationship Status: Single
Dated: Lori Harvey, Gina Huynh, Cassie Ventura, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Porter
Profession: rapper, record executive, actor
P Diddy Net Worth 2020: $855 million
Sean John Combs grew up in Mount Vernon, New York but he was born in Manhattan’s Harlem. His father, Melvin Earl Combs, is an associate of New York drug dealer Frank Lucas. Because of his shady connection with the drug dealers, Melvin was shot dead in his car while Puff Daddy was only 2 years of age.
Puff Daddy went on and enrolled at the Mount Saint Michael Academy. There, he played football and brought a division title for his team in 1986. Whenever he would get angry, he would “huff and puff.” This behavior is where he got his nickname Puff.
He later took a business major at the Howard University. Though he left the school after his sophomore year, he returned and earned an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities. On top of that, Puff Daddy also delivered the Commencement Address.
Bad Boy Entertainment vs Death Row Records
Puff Daddy was an intern at Uptown Records before becoming a talent director. There, he helped out various talents such as Mary J. Blige and Jodeci to develop their careers. Puffy was also known for throwing exuberant parties during college. He continued doing so in the form of events and fundraisers. He organized one with rapper Heavy D at the City College of New York gymnasium. The tickets for the event was sold out that it caused a stampede where nine participants died.
For that, he got fired from Uptown Records. However, that did not stop Puff Daddy from pursuing a career in music. Shortly after, he created his own label Bad Boy Entertainment. Under the label, he worked with The Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) and released plenty of hit singles.
Not long after, Puff Daddy signed with various hip hop acts such as 112, Faith Evans, Father MC, Carl Thomas, Total, and many more. This was also the time when Bad Boy Entertainment was constantly pitted against Death Row Records from the West Coast. Surge Knight and Tupac Shakur would make a parody of Notorious B.I.G. and Puff Daddy in their interviews and songs.
Bad Boy Entertainment went on to produce hit songs for the album CrazySexyCool from TLC. It reached number 25 on the Billboard’s Top Pop Albums of the Decade list.
No Way Out and Tragedy of the Notorious BIG
Puff Daddy also tried his luck out as a rapper and released the debut single “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down.” The song grabbed the top spot of the Billboard Top 100 for 28 weeks. Not soon after, he launched his first album “No Way Out” and it reached number one on the Billboard 200.
Hell Up In Harlem was supposed to be the title of the album but the name was changed when The Notorious B.I.G was shot in a drive by shooting. As a tribute to his partner, Puff Daddy wrote “I’ll Be Missing You” and it debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Other singles from the album were Been Around the World, It’s All About the Benjamins, Victory, and many more.
No Way Out won the Best Rap Album and got five other nominations at the Grammy Awards.
Forever and Firearm Violations
Puff Daddy released his second album Forever. As expected, the album grabbed number two spot on the Billboard 200 and number one spot on the Top R&B and Hip-Hop Albums.
The successful rapper was hanging out with Jennifer Lopez, his girlfriend at that time, at the Club New York when the party got disrupted by gunfire. It was later found out that Combs and Shyne were carrying firearms and got arrested for weapon-related charges. In court, Combs was found not guilty but such was not the case for Shyne. Additionally, Lopez broke up with Puff Daddy due to the incident.
P. Diddy, Diddy, Love, and Brother Love
Due to the crazy things that happened, Puff Daddy changed his name to P. Diddy and also released the gospel album Thank You.
On top of that, the Bad Boy Entertainment executive landed some acting roles. P.Diddy appeared in the film titled Made where he plays a drug dealer. He was also part of the cast in Monster’s Ball alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry. Both movies were released in 2001.
In 2005, P.Diddy announced to change his name to Diddy because his fans got confused on how to address him. However, British DJ Richard Dearlove already has the claim to the nickname. P.Diddy and Dearlove settled the matter by not being able to use the name only in the UK.
Later in 2017, the Bad Boy Entertainment executive announced that he will change his name to Love aka Brother Love. At first, he said he was joking but he confirmed the name change was official on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Looks like he is going to use the name Love and Brother Love after all.
P Diddy net worth as of 2020 is $855 million. 9
Motivational Quotes from Puff Daddy
“I think that you have to believe. That’s one of my biggest mantras, is believe. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe in myself.”
“Everyone has challenges and lessons to learn – we wouldn’t be who we are without them.”
“I came in to win, you know. This is why I stay up late while other people are sleeping.”