Diddy was born in Harlem and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He got his first big break as an intern at Uptown Records before starting his own record company known as Bad Boy Records in 1993. He signed The Notorious B.I.G. and made big bucks from the success of the artists he signed and produced for.
He released his debut album No Way Out in 1997, which has been certified seven times platinum and was followed by successful albums such as Forever (1999), The Saga Continues… (2001) and Press Play (2006). In the year of 2009, Diddy started up the musical group Diddy – Dirty Money and released the critically well-reviewed and commercially successful album Last Train to Paris (2010). His musical talent has earned him three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards.
Aside from his musical talents, Diddy is also a business man! He is the producer of MTV’s Making the Band. His non-music business ventures include the clothing lines Sean John and “Sean by Sean Combs,” which has earned him a Council of Fashion Designers of America award. The money earned from those ventures led him to a movie production company and two restaurants. In 2015 Forbes estimated Combs’ net worth at $735 million.
Diddy has earned so much success throughout the years and there is no sign of him slowing down anytime soon. For that reason, we have decided to dedicate this week’s #FUNFACTSFRIDAY to Mr. Sean “Diddy” Combs! Here are 10 things you didn’t know about him:
1. Diddy donated the $3 million dollars made from the song “I’ll Be Missing You” to Biggie’s family.
3. He was a corner back and running back in high school at Mount Saint Michaels Academy in the Bronx, and thought he’d win the Heisman Trophy and play in the Super Bowl. Until the last day of camp, when he broke his leg. “If you were out for the season, the coach just stopped talking to you” said Diddy.
4. During his college years at Howard University, he was a doorman at a Marriott Hotel. “I didn’t have no ego,” he said. “Doormen had to wear crazy hats. I looked like Troy, Roman times. I looked like two weeks after slavery ended. Made good money.”
5. How did Diddy discover Biggie? In The Source’s unsigned hype column. It was the early nineties, and pretty boy rappers were en vogue. Source editor Matty C told him about Big. “He didn’t have no six pack,” said Diddy. “I was like, ‘what am I gonna do?’ But I just heard the [demo] and I knew he was gonna be a superstar. I also knew he’d be a sex symbol.”
6. Biggie had no musical training. Diddy had to teach him how to count bars and write a proper chorus.
7. When he was trying to get a music industry internship, he interviewed with Lyor Cohen. Til’ this very day, Lyor says he doesn’t remember him. He eventually landed an internship with Uptown Records honcho Andre Harrell, whom he was introduced to through Heavy D.
8. Father MC’s “I’ll Do 4 You” is his first credit on record.
10. The idea for Bad Boy Records came from watching the 1975 movie Mahogany. He wanted to model himself after Berry Gordy, because he was inspired by the fact that in addition to music, Motown also had a film division.