Diddy was born on November 4th, 1969 in Harlem, New York. He had an entrepreneurial spirit early on, putting on dance parties and running an airport shuttle service while going to school at Howard University. It wasn’t long before Diddy dropped out to pursue an internship at Uptown Records.
Success as A Producer & Artist
After leaving Uptown Records, Diddy started his own production company Bad Boy Entertainment. Here, he produced notable artists such as Boyz II Men, Lil’ Kim, Aretha Franklin, Biggie Smalls, Mariah Carey, and Mary J. Blige. By 1997, Bad Boy Entertainment had sold almost $100 million.
After the death of his friend, Biggie Smalls, Diddy released the tribute I’ll Be Missing You on the album No Way Out. Both the album and single won Grammys.
Diddy in the News
In 2000, Diddy and former-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, were involved in a shooting at an NYC nightclub that injured 3 people. Diddy was charged with one count of bribery and four counts of illegal gun possession. In 2001, all counts against him were dropped.
Diddy has appeared in a variety of acting roles where he often plays himself – Made, Get Him to the Greek, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, CSI: Miami and more. He is an avid entrepreneur owning his own Ciroc vodka brand, Liz Claiborne clothing brand, and even expressing interest in owning the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
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