Combs on the Today Show
|Birth name||Sean John Combs|
|Also known as||Diddy, P. Today, also referred to as The Today Show, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on NBC. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Big Nig, Sean "Puffy" Combs|
|Born||November 4, 1969|
|Origin||New York City, New York, United States|
|Genre(s)||Hip Hop, R&B, Pop|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, record producer, actor, fashion designer|
|Years active||1988 – present|
|Label(s)||Uptown, Arista, Universal, Atlantic, Bad Boy|
|Associated acts||The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim, The Hitmen|
Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969), known by his stage names Diddy, P. Events 1333 - Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The City of New York New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure Rapping (also known as emceeing, MCing, spitting, or just rhyming) is the Rhythmic spoken delivery of Rhymes wordplay and In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works Fashion design is the Applied art dedicated to Clothing and lifestyle Accessories created within the cultural and social influences of a specific time In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Uptown Records was an American Record label, founded by Andre Harrell in the late-1980s Arista Records (ˈɛərɪstə is an American Record label. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment and operates under the Atlantic Records ( Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American Record label best known for its many recordings of Rhythm & blues, Rock Bad Boy Records (originally Bad Boy Entertainment) is an East Coast Hip-Hop / R&B Record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21 1972 – March 9 1997 popularly known as Biggie Smalls (after a Gangster in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again The Hitmen is a production team formed by Sean "Diddy" Combs to produce Hip Hop and R&B records for his Bad Boy label's recording Events 1333 - Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A stage name, also called a screen name, is a Pseudonym used by Performers and Entertainers such as Diddy, Puff Daddy, and Puffy is an American rapper, record producer, actor, clothing designer and entrepreneur. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Rapping (also known as emceeing, MCing, spitting, or just rhyming) is the Rhythmic spoken delivery of Rhymes wordplay and In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works An entrepreneur is a person who has possession over a company enterprise, or Venture, and assumes significant accountability for the inherent risks and the outcome
He was originally known as Puff Daddy, later as P. Diddy (Puff and Puffy being often used as a nickname, but never as recording names). His nickname and stage name were then changed to Diddy in August 2005. He is still called P. Diddy in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the latter after a legal battle with another artist, Richard "Diddy" Dearlove. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Diddy is the stage name of London DJ Richard Dearlove, responsible for the dance hit Feverpitch/ Positiva release "Give 
His business interests include Bad Boy Records, the clothing lines Sean John and Sean by Sean Combs, a movie production company, and two restaurants. Bad Boy Records (originally Bad Boy Entertainment) is an East Coast Hip-Hop / R&B Record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Sean John is a clothing and fragrance line founded by hip-hop mogul Sean John Combs, in 1998 He has taken the roles of recording executive, performer, producer of MTV's Making the Band, writer, arranger, clothing designer, and Broadway actor. MTV ( Music Television) is an American Cable television network based in New York City. Making the Band is an ABC / MTV Reality television series that exists in separate iterations each iteration focusing on a specific music act Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located Combs is the second richest hip-hop mogul, having a net worth estimated at US $680 million. The United States dollar ( sign: $; code: USD) is the unit of Currency of the United States; it has also been 
Combs has residences in Manhattan, Alpine, New Jersey, East Hampton, New York, Miami Beach, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York Alpine is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. East Hampton is a town located in southeastern Suffolk County, New York and is the easternmost town on the South Shore of Long Island
Combs was born in the public housing projects of Harlem, New York, the son of Janice and Melvin Combs. Harlem is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, long known as a major African American cultural and business center New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous He grew up in Mount Vernon, just to the north of the New York City borough of The Bronx. Mount Vernon is a city in Westchester County New York. It lies on the border of the New York City Borough of the Bronx. The City of New York When Combs was three, his father was shot dead in his car on January 26, 1972 at age thirty-three in a Manhattan park following a party he attended. Events 1340 - King Edward III of England is declared King of France. Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York The elder Combs was an associate of Frank Lucas, the New York drug lord. Frank Lucas (born September 9 1930 is a former Heroin dealer and Organized crime boss in Harlem from 1969-1975  Both Lucas and rival gangster Nicky Barnes publicly state that they were close with Melvin. For other uses see Gangsta. A gangster is a criminal who is or at some point almost invariably becomes a member of a persistent violent Leroy Antonio "Nicky" Barnes (born October 15 1933 is a former Harlem, New York Drug dealer who at one time along with Frank Lucas 
Combs played football at the Roman Catholic Mount Saint Michael Academy, where he played defense. Mount Saint Michael Academy is an all-boys Roman Catholic High School in The Bronx, New York (in the Archdiocese of New York) When Combs was a senior in 1986, his team won a division title. Combs has "fond memories" of his high school buddies, one of whom (the team quaterback) was reputed Gambino crime family enforcer, Andrew Campos. The Gambino crime family is one of the " Five Families " that controls Organized crime activities based in New York City, United States Combs is not alleged, either in court papers or by law enforcement sources, to have engaged in any wrongdoing in any of his dealings with Campos. 
After completing his private secondary education at Mount Saint Michael Academy in 1987, Combs attended Howard University in Washington, DC. Howard University is a private, Coeducational Nonsectarian University located in Washington D Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D At Howard he gained a reputation as a party promoter, showing an early penchant for marketing and promotions, eventually became an intern at New York's Uptown Records. An intern or stagiaire is one who works in a temporary position with an emphasis on on-the-job training rather than merely employment making it similar to an Apprenticeship Uptown Records was an American Record label, founded by Andre Harrell in the late-1980s  In a display of his tenacity, he would travel back and forth between Washington and New York, juggling his classes and his internship. He eventually dropped out of Howard without a degree.  Uptown was a starting ground for Combs, who became a top executive after his beginnings as an intern. He was instrumental in developing Jodeci and signing and producing Mary J. Blige. Jodeci is an American Musical group whose repertoire includes R&B, Soul music, and New jack swing. Mary Jane Blige (surname pronounced /blaɪʒ/) (born January 11, 1971) is an American Singer-songwriter, Rapper
In 1991, Combs promoted a concert headlined by Heavy D. The concert was held at a City College of New York gymnasium following an AIDS charity basketball game. Heavy D & the Boyz was an American hip hop group led by Heavy D. The City College of The City University of New York (known more commonly as the City College of New York or simply City College, CCNY, or colloquially as The event was massively overcrowded; it was oversold to almost twice the capacity of the gymnasium. In addition, thousands without tickets were outside. In order to keep them from sneaking in, Combs's people shut the only door to a stairwell and put a table behind it, despite the crowd jammed inside pounding on the door and pleading for help. At some point people in the crowd outside broke several glass doors in an attempt to get in; this caused a stampede inside the gymnasium in which nine people died.  In a 1999 ruling, a Court of Claims judge found Puff Daddy and Heavy D. responsible for 50 percent of the incident. City College bore the rest of the responsibility in part for abandoning security responsibility to Puff Daddy, even though they knew the event was oversold.
In 1992, Combs entered into an agreement with Hartford, Connecticut, disc jockey JC “Big Balla” Sledge to start a label in Hartford for the city’s untapped talent, named Hip Hart Beat Records. Connecticut ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The pair had creative differences over the usage of talent and eventually split. In a statement to Rolling Stone Magazine, JC said, "Sean and I remain friends, just not as close as we once were. Rolling Stone is a United States -based Magazine devoted to Music, Politics, and Popular culture that is published Our split where it relates to business was because we saw two totally different avenues. I wanted to drive left and go the way of Def Jam and its mainstay of artists and Puffy [Puff Daddy] wanted to drive right, business as usual. We all knew what that meant. I don’t have to spell it out. . . just look at Bad Boys roster and its history. The split was amicable; litigation was an option, but why? Hip Hart Beat Records will one day become a reality. We are close now. ”
Combs started Bad Boy Records in 1991. Bad Boy Records (originally Bad Boy Entertainment) is an East Coast Hip-Hop / R&B Record label founded by producer/rapper Sean  After being fired from Uptown in 1993, Combs went on to establish Bad Boy Records, taking new hip-hop artist The Notorious B.I.G. with him. Bad Boy Records (originally Bad Boy Entertainment) is an East Coast Hip-Hop / R&B Record label founded by producer/rapper Sean Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21 1972 – March 9 1997 popularly known as Biggie Smalls (after a Gangster in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again
Both The Notorious B. I. G. and Craig Mack quickly released hit singles, followed by similarly successful LPs, particularly B. Craig Mack (born May 10, 1971 in The Bronx New York) is an American rapper notable for being the first artist to debut on Puff I. G. 's Ready to Die. Ready to Die is the Grammy Nominated and Billboard Award Winning debut Studio album by East Coast Rapper The Notorious B Combs began signing more acts to Bad Boy, including, Dream, Carl Thomas, Faith Evans, Father MC, 112 and Total, as well as producing for Jodeci, Mary J. Dream was an American pop Girl group. Formation The quartet was originally formed in October 1998 by talent scout Judith Carl Thomas was (born June 15, 1970 in Aurora, Illinois, United States) is an American R&B Singer. Faith Renée Evans (pronounced /feɪθ ɛvəns/) (born June 10, 1973) is an American Singer, Songwriter, Record producer Father MC (born Timothy Brown was a popular African American Rapper for the Uptown Records label in the early 1990s For the British experimental musician see Matthew Bower. Total is an American R&B Girl group and one of the Blige, Usher, Lil' Kim, TLC, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, SWV, Aretha Franklin, and others, and forming The Hitmen, an in-house production team. Usher Raymond IV (born October 14 1978 known simply by his first name Usher, is an American R&B and pop Singer - Songwriter TLC was a Grammy Award -winning American Contemporary R&B, hip hop and pop group consisting of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins Boyz II Men is a four-time Grammy Award -winning American R&B / soul singing group from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. SWV, also known as Sisters With Voices, is an American Grammy -award nominated female R&B / Pop trio from New York Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25 1942 Franklin has had a total of twenty number-one singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart, two of which became #1 hits on the The Hitmen is a production team formed by Sean "Diddy" Combs to produce Hip Hop and R&B records for his Bad Boy label's recording
Mase and D-Block (known as "The L. This article is about the rapper For the basketball player nicknamed 'Mase' see Anthony Mason. The d-block of the periodic table of the elements consists of those Periodic table groups that contain elements in which in the atomic ground state the highest-energy O. X. " at the time) soon joined Bad Boy, just as a widely publicized rivalry with the West Coast's Death Row Records was beginning. Death Row Records was a Record label that was founded in 1991 by Dr Combs and B. I. G. were criticized and parodied by Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight in songs and interviews during the mid-1990s. Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16 1971 &mdash September 13 1996 also known by his Stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper Marion Hugh Knight Jr, better known as Suge Knight, is an Entrepreneur in the Hip hop music industry and co-founder and CEO of Death The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 During 1994-1995, he also helped produce songs for TLC's CrazySexyCool, which was one of the decades most popular RnB album. CrazySexyCool, the second studio album is a bestselling R&B / hip hop album by the group TLC, released on 15 November 1994 in North America Songs he helped produced include "If I was Your Girlfriend" and "Can I Get A Witness".
In 1998, Combs collaborated with Jimmy Page on the song "Come with Me" for the Godzilla film. James Patrick Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944 is an English Guitarist, Composer and record producer Etymology Name "Godzilla" is a combination of two Japanese words and. The track, approved by Page, sampled the Led Zeppelin song "Kashmir". Led Zeppelin were " Kashmir " is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti. Producer Tom Morello supplied live guitar parts, playing bass on the song. Thomas Baptist Morello (born May 30 1964 is a Grammy Award -winning American Guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine Combs and Page filmed a video for "Come with Me", which reached #2 in the UK.
By the late 1990s he was receiving criticism for watering down and overly commercializing hip-hop for a mainstream market and as overusing guest appearances by other artists as well as samples and interpolations of past hits for the majority of his own hit songs. In Music, sampling is the act of taking a portion or sample, of one Sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or element of a new recording In Music and Musical composition, especially 20th century and later interpolation is an abrupt change of elements, with (almost immediate  The Onion parodied this phenomenon in a 1997 article called "New rap song samples Billie Jean in its entirety, adds nothing. For the vegetable see Onion. The Onion is an American " fake news " organization " Billie Jean " is a 1983 hit single from Michael Jackson 's Thriller album "
In December 1999, Combs was accused of assaulting Steve Stoute of Interscope Records. Assault is a Crime of Violence against another person. In some Jurisdictions including Australia and New Zealand, Steve "The Commissioner" Stoute is an American record executive, most famous for being Rapper Nas 's off-and-on manager Interscope Records is an American Record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMG's Interscope-Geffen-A&M label Stoute was the manager for Nas, whose video for "Hate Me Now" featured Nas being crucified. Nasir Jones, nɑːˈsiər (born September 14 1973 better known by his Stage name Nas, nɑːz formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper " Hate Me Now " is a 1999 hit hip hop single by rapper Nas featuring Puff Daddy. Crucifixion (from Latin crucifixio, noun of process crucifixio, from perfect passive participle crucifixus, fixed to a cross from Though Combs had willingly filmed the video scene earlier that year, he demanded that the images be removed. Stoute's refusal led to an argument and Puff Daddy' arrest for aggravated assault. This was followed by yet more negative publicity as The Lox left Bad Boy Records, and a recording session with Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease, both of Biggie's Junior M.A.F.I.A. posse, was interrupted by gunfire. Junior MAFIA ( Junior M asters A t F inding I ntelligent A ttitudes was an American hip hop Junior MAFIA ( Junior M asters A t F inding I ntelligent A ttitudes was an American hip hop
On December 27, 1999, Combs and his then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, were at Club New York, a midtown Manhattan nightclub, when gunfire broke out. Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July After a police investigation, Combs and fellow rapper Shyne were arrested for weapons violations and other charges. Moses Michael Leviy born on November 8, 1978, better known as Shyne, is a Belizean – American Rapper. Combs was indicted after his driver claimed that Combs had tried to bribe him into taking the weapon after the shooting. With bribery charges added to the bill, Puff Daddy was being attacked in the tabloids on a near-daily basis. Before the trial was over, Combs found himself in court on numerous civil charges. A talent agency sued Combs for unfair competition, as did a woman who rented an apartment owned by him; she claimed he refused to rid the house of vermin. Combs then launched his own lawsuit against a writer who did not follow through on an alleged agreement to help write his autobiography.
With a gag order in place, the highly-publicized trial began. His attorney was Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.. Johnnie L Cochran Jr (October 2 1937 March 29 2005 was an American Lawyer perhaps best known for his leadership in the legal defense of O After the trial was over, Combs was acquitted, but his artist Shyne was convicted on the same charges and sentenced to ten years in prison. Combs and Lopez split shortly after.
A lawsuit filed by his former driver, Fenderson, was settled in February 2004. Fenderson said he suffered emotional damage after the club shooting. Lawyers for both sides, having agreed to keep the settlement terms secret, refused to say what it took to resolve the case; they would say only that the matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.
With the media circus over, Combs changed his stage name from "Puff Daddy" to "P. A stage name, also called a screen name, is a Pseudonym used by Performers and Entertainers such as Diddy".  He later appeared as a drug dealer in the film Made and starred with Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton in Monster's Ball. Made is a 2001 film written and directed by Jon Favreau. It stars Favreau Vince Vaughn, Peter Falk, and Sean Combs Halle Maria Berry (ˈhæli ˈbɛri born August 14 1966 is an Academy Award - Emmy Award - and Golden Globe -winning American actress former William Robert Thornton (born August 4 1955 Monster's Ball is an Academy Award winning 2001 Romantic drama Film directed by Marc Forster and written
Combs tried to reinvent his image, but was once again in court facing assault charges from a Detroit television host, Dr. Roger Mills, and then was arrested for driving on a suspended license in Florida. Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the In spite of continuing legal problems, he decided that he was going to release a gospel album, Thank You, but it was never released. Gospel music is Music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life as well as (in terms of the varying music styles to After yet more legal problems stemming from an accusation of reckless driving by the Miami police, he began working with a series of unusual (for him) artists. A collaboration with David Bowie appeared on the soundtrack to Training Day, whilst he also began working with Britney Spears and 'N Sync. David Bowie (ˈboʊiː born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947 is an English Musician, actor producer, and arranger. Training Day is a 2001 Crime film directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Britney Jean Spears (born December 2 1981 is an American recording artist and entertainer He signed California-based pop girl group Dream to his record label. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure A girl group is a Popular music act featuring several young Female Singers who generally harmonize together Dream was an American pop Girl group. Formation The quartet was originally formed in October 1998 by talent scout Judith He was also an opening act for 'N Sync on their Spring 2002 Celebrity Tour.
Later in 2002, he made his own reality show on MTV called Making the Band 2, a sequel to the first Making the Band. Reality television is a genre of Television programming which presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations documents actual events and usually features ordinary Making the Band is an ABC / MTV Reality television series that exists in separate iterations each iteration focusing on a specific music act In it, contestants compete to be in a new group on Bad Boy Records. The six finalists have to come up with their name, CD and video (see Da Band). Da Band was the second band formed by the Making The Band TV series and the first by rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs The group was maligned by comics and critics, including a well-known skit that appeared on Chappelle's Show, and was dissolved by Combs at the end of the series. Chappelle's Show is an American Comedy Television
In 2003, Combs ran in the New York City Marathon and raised $2,000,000 for the educational system for the children of New York. The New York City Marathon ( ING New York City Marathon for Sponsorship reasons is a major annual marathon (42  On March 10, 2004, he appeared in an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss the marathon. Events 241 BC - First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates Islands - The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The Oprah Winfrey Show is a United States syndicated Talk show, hosted and produced by its namesake Oprah Winfrey, and is the highest-rated He finished the marathon in four hours and eighteen minutes.
In 2004, Combs headed the campaign "Vote or Die" for the 2004 Presidential Election. Citizen Change is a political service group founded by music mogul P The "Vote or Die" slogan was mocked by both The Daily Show and South Park as being too simplistic and encouraging young people to vote without knowing the issues. The Daily Show (known in its current incarnation as The Daily Show South Park is an animated American television comedy series created and written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for Comedy Central In a South Park episode entitled "Douche and Turd", Combs and his friends were depicted chasing one of the main characters around with weapons, literally threatening to kill him if he wouldn't vote in his school election. "Douche and Turd" is episode 119 of South Park. It was originally broadcast on October 27, 2004, just before the presidential
In 1998, Combs had started a clothing line, Sean John. Sean John is a clothing and fragrance line founded by hip-hop mogul Sean John Combs, in 1998 It was nominated for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for Menswear Designer of the Year in 2000 and 2001. The Council of Fashion Designers of America is a non-profit Trade group for American Fashion designers founded in 1962. It became controversial in 2003 when it was discovered that factories producing the clothing in Honduras were violating Honduran labor law.  Among the accusations originally put forth were that workers were subjected to body searches and paid sweatshop wages.  Charles Kernaghan of the National Labor Committee, who first exposed the factory, is quoted in the New York Times as saying, "Sean Puff Daddy obviously has a lot of clout, he can literally do a lot overnight to help these workers. Charles Kernaghan (also known as Charlie Kernaghan) is the executive director of the National Labor Committee in Support of Human and Worker Rights[http //www The National Labor Committee in Support of Human and Worker Rights, commonly known as the National Labor Committee or the NLC, is a non-profit Non-governmental "
Combs responded that there would be a "zero tolerance" investigation at his company, Sean John. He stated proudly to a group of reporters "I'm as pro-worker as they get. " On February 14, 2004, Kernaghann announced on Pacifia station that Combs had made some "unprecedented" changes at factories including adding air conditioning, one day off per week and allowing a union to form. Events 842 - Charles the Bald and Louis the German swear the Oaths of Strasbourg in the French and German "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The case is sometimes cited as an example of how concerned celebrities can contribute to ending sweatshop abuses.
In late 2006, MSNBC reported, "Macy’s has pulled from its shelves and its Web site two styles of Sean John hooded jackets, originally advertised as featuring faux fur, after an investigation by the nation’s largest animal protection organization concluded that the garments were actually made from an animal called a "raccoon dog". MSNBC is a 24-hour cable television news channel based in the United States and available in Canada.  Combs said he had been unaware of the material, but as soon as he knew about it, he had his clothing line stop using the material. In 2008 he appeared in a Macy's commercial.
On August 16, 2005, Combs appeared on the Today show and announced that he was altering his stage name yet again, dropping the "P. Events 1384 - The Hongwu Emperor of Ming China, Emperor Dong hears a case of a couple who tore paper money bills while fighting Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Today, also referred to as The Today Show, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on NBC. A stage name, also called a screen name, is a Pseudonym used by Performers and Entertainers such as " and referring to himself simply as "Diddy", saying that "the P was getting between me and my fans. " However this name change to Diddy upset Richard "Diddy" Dearlove, a London based musical artist & DJ.  Richard Dearlove lodged paperwork on Wednesday 16 November 2005 at 10:30 a. Events 534 - A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. m. in the Royal Court of Justice, London to start injunctive proceedings, a case which he won when an out of court settlement of £110,000 was agreed. As a result, Combs no longer uses the name Diddy in the UK, where he is still known as P. Diddy. 
Combs also starred in the 2005 Carlito's Way: Rise to Power. Carlito's Way Rise to Power is a 2005 Direct-to-video Prequel to Brian DePalma 's 1993 Film Carlito's He had played the role of Walter Lee Younger in the critically acclaimed 2004 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun and the television adaptation which aired February 2008. A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959 A Raisin in the Sun is a 2008 Television movie directed by Kenny Leon. He says he loved appearing in the show and being given the opportunity to perform at the theater. He attracted huge crowds for his performance in the New York production, received mixed reviews, and admitted he is desperate to pursue an acting career. He has mentioned that he would be interested in playing a black version of James Bond. Commander James Bond, CMG, RNVR is a Fictional character created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1952
Also in 2005, Combs sold his record company to the Warner Music Group. Warner Music Group (WMG is the third-largest of the "big four" major record labels, the others being Sony BMG, EMI, and Universal Tensions still existed between him and former Warners CEOs Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles (both formerly of Def Jam), but they arranged for his imprint to be a part of the company. A chief executive officer ( CEO) or chief executive is typically the highest-ranking corporate officer ( executive) or administrator Lyor Cohen (ליאור כהן born October 3, 1959 in New York City) is the North American Chairman and CEO of Recorded Def Jam Recordings is a United States based hip-hop Record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as a part of The Island In a 2005 interview with AndPOP, Combs also said that he was developing a new line of men's suits.
He later hosted the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2005 by Time magazine. The MTV Video Music Awards were established in the end of the summer of 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top Music videos of the year Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and  He even earned a mention in the world of country music: The narrator of "Play Something Country" by Brooks & Dunn and Sean Okundaye says he "didn't come to hear P Diddy", which he rhymes with "something bumpin' from the city. Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. Brooks & Dunn are an American Country music duo consisting of Singer-songwriters Kix Brooks (born Leon Eric Brooks III May 12, 1955 "
Combs released the album Press Play on October 17, 2006, his first album in 4 years, under the Bad Boy Records label. Press Play is the second solo album by American Rapper Diddy (still known as P Events 539 BC - King Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.  The album included a variety of popular and contemporary guest appearances including Christina Aguilera, Keyshia Cole, Mario Winans (signed to his label 'Bad Boy Records'), Nas, Will.i.am (of Black Eyed Peas), Mary J. Blige, Nicole Scherzinger (of the Pussycat Dolls), Jamie Foxx, Fergie, Big Boi (of Outkast), Ciara, Twista, Just Blaze, Pharrell, Keyshia Cole and Brandy. Christina María Aguilera (born December 18 1980 is an American pop / R&B Singer and Songwriter. Keyshia Michelle Cole (born October 15 1981 is an American Grammy -nominated R&B Singer-songwriter, and Record producer known Mario Winans is a member of gospel music's most notable family The Winans by marriage as he is the son of Bishop Ronald E Nasir Jones, nɑːˈsiər (born September 14 1973 better known by his Stage name Nas, nɑːz formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper William James Adams Jr (born March 15, 1975 in Los Angeles California, USA) better known by his Stage name will The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group from Los Angeles. Mary Jane Blige (surname pronounced /blaɪʒ/) (born January 11, 1971) is an American Singer-songwriter, Rapper Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (also known as Nicole Kea, born June 29, 1978) is an American pop singer songwriter Pussycat Dolls is an American pop Girl group, and dance ensemble founded by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995 Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop; December 13, 1967) is an Academy Award -winning American Actor, Singer Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27 1975 better known by her Stage name Fergie, is an American pop / R&B Singer-songwriter Antwan André Patton (born February 1, 1975 in Savannah Georgia) better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American Outkast (typeset as OutKast) is a Grammy Award -winning American hip hop duo based out of East Point Georgia, a city Ciara Princess Harris (born October 25 1985 professionally known as Ciara, is a Grammy Award -winning American singer songwriter Record producer Carl Terrell Mitchell, (born Novermber 27 1973 better known by his Stage name Twista, is an American hip-hop emcee who once held the title of fastest emcee in the Justin Smith (born in Paterson New Jersey on January 14, 1978) better known as Just Blaze, is an American Hip hop music Keyshia Michelle Cole (born October 15 1981 is an American Grammy -nominated R&B Singer-songwriter, and Record producer known The album reached number one on its first week in the charts.
It was reported that Combs would be singing on all the tracks of this album, but on the album's first single, "Come To Me" (featuring Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls), he did not sing at all, but rather did his traditional rapping. " Come to Me " is the first single released from Diddy 's 2006 album Press Play. Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (also known as Nicole Kea, born June 29, 1978) is an American pop singer songwriter Pussycat Dolls is an American pop Girl group, and dance ensemble founded by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995 He does sing on the third single, "Last Night" (featuring Keyshia Cole). " Last Night " is the third single off of Diddy 's album Press Play. Keyshia Michelle Cole (born October 15 1981 is an American Grammy -nominated R&B Singer-songwriter, and Record producer known "Tell Me" (featuring Christina Aguilera) was released as the second single. " Tell Me " is the second single from Diddy 's 2006 album Press Play. Christina María Aguilera (born December 18 1980 is an American pop / R&B Singer and Songwriter. He was asking fans on his MySpace page to help him choose the fourth single, which was "Through the Pain (She Told Me)" (featuring Mario Winans). " Through the Pain (She Told Me " is a song by hip-hop artist Diddy. Mario Winans is a member of gospel music's most notable family The Winans by marriage as he is the son of Bishop Ronald E
In October 2007, he was sued by hip-hop promoter James Waldon for allegedly unleashing three violent bodyguards on him in a New York nightclub. A bodyguard (or "close protection officer" is a type of Security guard or government agent who protects a person—usually a famous wealthy or politically
In March 2008, a source for the LA Times claimed that the Notorious BIG and Sean knew about Tupac Shakur's death before hand. The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily Newspaper published in Los Angeles California and distributed The LA Times later retracted this story, saying it believes the FBI reports were fabricated. 
In 2002, he was featured on Fortune magazine's "40 Richest People Under 40" list and was placed number one in the list of the top ten richest people in hip-hop. Fortune is a Global Business Magazine published by Time Inc's Fortune|Money Group He has donated undisclosed amounts to the Patricia Kirby Foundation, an organization that battles teenage bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders. In 2006 his estimated worth was US $346 million, making him one of the richest people in the hip hop entertainment business. The United States dollar ( sign: $; code: USD) is the unit of Currency of the United States; it has also been Hip hop is a cultural movement which developed in New York City in the 1970s primarily among African Americans and Latinos.  By 2007 he was the second richest hip-hop mogul, with a net worth estimated at US $680 million. 
In addition to his clothing line, Combs owns two upscale restaurants called Justin's (named after his son) with locations in New York and Atlanta. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous He is the designer of the green Dallas Mavericks alternate jersey. The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are the professional Basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas Texas
On September 18, 2007, Combs teamed up with 50 Cent and Jay-Z for the "Forbes I Get Money Billion Dollar Remix. Events 96 - Nerva is proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian is assassinated Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4 1969 better known as Jay-Z, is an American Rapper and former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Forbes is an American Publishing and media company Its flagship publication Forbes magazine is published bi-weekly " He also made appearances with Jay-Z on his American Gangster concert tour in 2007.
As of October 2007, Combs has inked a multi-year deal, in which he'll help develop the Ciroc brand, one of Diageo PLC's super-premium Vodka lines, for a 50-50 share in the profits. Cîroc vodka is a brand of distilled beverage manufactured in France. Diageo plc () is the largest multinational beer wine and spirits company in the world The agreement is the latest in which a celebrity is going beyond the typical role of endorser to share in a brand's rise and fall. Diageo said the agreement could be worth more than $100 million for Combs and his company, Sean Puff Daddy Enterprises, over the course of the deal, depending on how well the brand performs.
Combs has never married but is the biological father of five children and one through association.
His ex-girlfriend Kimberly Porter has a son Quincy Jones Brown (December 1991) with 80's New Jack Swing romantic singer/producer Al B Sure, whom Combs later claimed. New jack swing, or "swingbeat" is a hybrid style popular from the late-1980s into the mid-1990s which fuses the Rhythms samples and production In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Albert Joseph Brown III ( June 4, 1968 in Boston Massachusetts) is an American Singer, Songwriter, and Record His son Quincy was featured on My Super Sweet 16. For the 2007 Movie see Super Sweet 16 The Movie My Super Sweet 16 is an MTV reality series documenting the Combs's first biological offspring is son, Justin Dior Combs (December 1993), from his relationship with high school sweetheart, designer Misa Hylton-Brim. His second child is son Christian Casey Combs (April 1998) with Kim Porter. Porter birthed Combs' twin daughters, D'Lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs, on 21 December 2006.  In July 2007 Combs's rep confirmed that he and Porter have ended their relationship. 
He also has a daughter named Chance with Sarah Chapman. Diddy says that he first neglected assuming Chance as his daughter because he wanted to wait for the DNA results to come in. He said, “At first, I wasn’t sure if this was my child. Now that it has become clear she is, I will take care of her for the rest of her life. ”
On October 13, 2006 Combs was given the key to the city of Chicago, and was awarded Combs with a pair of cufflinks to commemorate the inauguration of an annual October 13 "Diddy Day" in the city of Chicago. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States.  He received the honor as reward for certain "charitable work" at the Chicago City Hall. The government of the City of Chicago Illinois, is divided into executive and Legislative branches Some viewed this as election-month publicity by Mayor Richard M. Daley. Richard Michael Daley (born April 24 1942 is a United States Politician, member of the national and local Democratic Party and current mayor
Photos of Diddy and Protege Cassie snuggling have been leaked onto the internet. Diddy has also been spotted arriving at David and Posh Beckham's party with former girlfriend and mother of three of his children Kim Porter.
In the February 2007 issue of Blender magazine, Combs dishes about his wardrobe. Blender is an American music Magazine that bills itself as "the ultimate guide to music and more" He describes his style in three words: "Swagger. Timeless. Diverse. " On September 3, 2007, Combs held his ninth annual "White Party" in which all guests are limited to an all white dress code. The hip-hop mogul's annual White Party, which he has held in St. Tropez in recent years, was held in his Long Island home in East Hampton. San Tropez redirects here For other uses see Saint-Tropez (disambiguation Saint-Tropez ( Sant Tropetz in Occitan language Long Island is an island located in southeastern New York, USA, its western shores directly across from Manhattan, from which the island stretches It featured a white carpet to go along with the white dress code. Combs stated, "This party is up there with the top three that I've thrown, It's a party that has legendary status. It's hard to throw a party that lives up to its legend. "
|1998||Best New Artist||General||N/A||Nominated|
|1998||Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group||Rap||"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"||Nominated|
|1998||Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group||Rap||"Mo Money Mo Problems"||Nominated|
|1998||Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group||Rap||"I'll Be Missing You"||Won|
|1998||Best Rap Album||Rap||No Way Out||Won|
|2000||Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group||Rap||"Satisfy You"||Nominated|
|2002||Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group||Rap||"Bad Boy For Life"||Nominated|
|2003||Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group||Rap||"Pass the Courvoisier (Part 2)"||Nominated|
|2004||Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group||Rap||"Shake Ya Tailfeather"||Won|
|Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Albums Executive Produced by Sean Combs|
|133||The Notorious B.I.G.||Ready To Die||1994|
|279||Mary J. Blige||My Life||1994|
|483||The Notorious B. No Way Out is a 1997 debut Album by Puff Daddy and the Family. The Saga Continues is the second album released by P Diddy and the Bad Boy Family and Bad Boy Entertainment in 2001 We Invented the Remix is an album by P Diddy with the Bad Boy Family, released in 2002. We Invented the Remix Vol 2 is an upcoming album by Diddy with The Bad Boy Family. The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate Black Americans and other minorities in music acting sports and The MTV Video Music Awards were established in the end of the summer of 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top Music videos of the year The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21 1972 – March 9 1997 popularly known as Biggie Smalls (after a Gangster in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again Ready to Die is the Grammy Nominated and Billboard Award Winning debut Studio album by East Coast Rapper The Notorious B Mary Jane Blige (surname pronounced /blaɪʒ/) (born January 11, 1971) is an American Singer-songwriter, Rapper My Life was Mary J Blige 's second album Released on November 29, 1994, the bluesy collection is widelyseen as a painful letter to K-Ci Hailey of I. G.||Life After Death||1997|
|MTV Video Music Awards host|
Sacha Baron Cohen (as Ali G)
|MTV Europe Music Awards host|
|NAME||Combs, Sean Jean|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Diddy, Puff Daddy, P. The MTV Video Music Awards were established in the end of the summer of 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top Music videos of the year Thomas Jack Black Jr (born August 28 1969 is an American Actor, Comedian and Musician. Sacha Noam Baron Cohen (born 13 October 1971 is a British Jewish Comedian, Writer and Golden Globe -winning Actor most noted Ali G ( AKA Ali stair Leslie G raham was a satirical Fictional character invented and played by English Comedian The MTV Europe Music Awards were established in 1994 by MTV Europe to celebrate the most popular Music videos in Europe Christina María Aguilera (born December 18 1980 is an American pop / R&B Singer and Songwriter. Diddy|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Rapper, producer, actor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||November 4, 1969|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||New York City, New York, United States|
|DATE OF DEATH|
|PLACE OF DEATH|