His name may officially be Sean Combs, but he’s more commonly known as Puff Daddy or P. Diddy.
Sean Combs is your Connector of the Day.
One of the most influential music and business figures in Hollywood, Combs is famous for his range of rap songs and his personal fashion line.
Born in a housing project in Harlem, New York in 1969, Combs had what some people would call a rough childhood. His father was shot dead in his car and his family reportedly had links to Frank Lucas, a figure in New York’s drug scene.
Combs attended Howard University and showed an early desire in marketing and promotion and after becoming an intern at Uptown Records he quit university to take up a full-time position at the company.
In 1993, Combs founded Bad Boy Records and took with him a relative newcomer on the rap scene, Notorious B.I.G, who later became one of the most popular rap artists during that decade.
In 1997, Combs recorded his first single titled "Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down" which spent six weeks in the number one spot on the Billboard charts.
His debut album in following year was also extremely popular and it won the 1998 Grammy award.
While Combs has had an extremely successful music career, his life behind the cameras has been a little more tumultuous as he has had several run ins with the law – from bribery to assault charges.
Aside from the music, Combs has also put his foot into the business world with a successful fashion line called "Sean John" & "Sean by Sean Combs."