P Diddy's Biography
In August 2005, the media reported that P Diddy had changed his name to just Diddy. We have, however, stuck to P Diddy in this biography.
In the UK another Diddy gained an agreement that P Diddy should not lose the P in the UK.
P Diddy was born Sean John Combs on 4 November 1970 in Harlem, New York.
Sean Combs was just three years old when his father, Melvin, was murdered and his mother Janice decided to move the family from Harlem to the Mount Vernon area.
P Diddy studied at Mount Vernon Montessori School, Mount St. Michael Academy, and Howard University in Washington, D.C.
However, rather than stay at Howard, Sean Combs enjoyed a rapid ascent in the music industry. He became Director of A&R at Uptown Entertainment at just 19 years of age, where he was instrumental in the career of amongst others, Mary J Blige.
In 1993, P Diddy left Upton and later that year established Bad Boy Entertainment. It was to be the start of a very successful business empire. Bad Boy Entertainment's early successes included Craig Mack's 1994 "Flava In Ya Ear" single and Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album "Ready to Die".
P Diddy continued to produce and remix tracks by several notable artists, but, in 1997, he added another string to his bow, when he released his debut single, "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down", which was US number 1 for nearly two months and heralded the start of a very successful career for P Diddy as an artist in his own right.
The album "No Way Out" included his tribute to Notorious B.I.G., "I'll Be Missing You" with P Diddy rapping over the Police's "Every Breath You Take" with additional vocals by Faith Evans (who had been Notorious B.I.G.'s wife).
In the midst of feuding between East and West Coast gangsta rap, in March 1997, the Notorious B.I.G. was murdered. Six months earlier the west coast's 2Pac had been murdered.
P Diddy continued his success at collaborating with other artists with "Come With Me" with Jimmy Page based on the Led Zeppelin track "Kashmir".
He has been no stranger to controversy in his personal life. After he was acquitted in March 2001 of being involved in a nightclub shooting, he announced that he was to be called P. Diddy.
As well as his music interests, P Diddy has a fashion label, and supports various community and charitable causes. He has also acted in "Made" and "Monster's Ball" and had a show on MTV, "Making the Band".
In December 2006, P Diddy's partner Kim Porter gave birth to twin girls. P Diddy and Kim Porter already had a son. He has another son with his ex-girlfriend Misa Hylton-Brim.
However, in July 2007, it was announced that P Diddy and Kim Porter had split up.
In February 2008, P Diddy told David Letterman that he wanted to focus on a career acting in action films.
His acting credits have included starring as Walter Lee both on Broadway in Raisin in the Sun and in the TV adaptation.
In May 2008, P Diddy was honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
In November 2008, the BBC reported that Sean "Diddy" Combs, who had said that he was retiring from music to concentrate on his acting career, will play a prosecutor in the Miami edition of CSI.
In January 2011, the BBC reported that Sean 'P Diddy' Combs had performed a guest stand-up comedy slot in New York.
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