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Whether you refer to him as Sean Combs, Puff Daddy, or P Diddy, he is well-known as one of the most famous American rappers of all time. Not only is he known for his legendary music, but is also a record producer and successful entrepreneur.
Though he started from humble beginnings, he quickly rose to the top of the Billboard R&B and rap charts. He may have changed his name throughout his career, but most fans have continued to follow his career regardless of what he calls himself.
If you want to learn interesting facts about P Diddy you likely didn’t know, keep reading.
1. P Diddy Has a Keen Ear for Talent
P Diddy’s importance in the career of Notorious B.I.G. is well-known, but as an intern at Uptown Records in New York in 1990 he also had a hand in developing Mary J. Blidge.
2. What is P Diddy’s Real Name?
P Diddy was born Sean John Combs on November 4, 1969, in Harlem, New York. Most people know that he changed his name several times throughout his career. Some of his names have been Puff, Puff Daddy, P Diddy, Diddy, and Swag.
3. He Got His Nickname in High School
The nickname “Puff” came from when Sean Combs was in high school at Mount Saint Michael Academy. Reportedly, when he played football, he puffed out his chest, and thus his fellow players nicknamed him “Puff.”
4. P Diddy’s Father Worked for a Notorious Drug Dealer
Sean Combs’s father, Melvin Combs, was said to have worked for the notorious drug dealer Frank Lucas. He was reportedly murdered during a drug deal gone wrong.
5. Puff Daddy Knew He Wanted to be a Rapper at a Young Age
It has been reported that Sean Combs’s mother knew her son was talented and began putting him in various competitions even as young as two. It was during these times that Combs decided that stardom was the path he wanted to follow.
6. Sean Combs was a Successful Businessman Even at the Age of 12
At the tender age of 12, Sean Combs changed the date on his birth certificate so he can get a job as a paperboy. He even went so far as to hold down two paper routes by convincing another student to apply for the route but then give it to him.
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7. P Diddy is Afraid of Clowns
Like many other people around the world, Sean Combs is said to have coulrophobia, which is the fear of clowns. In fact, when the legendary rapper went on the show Fear Factor, he had it put in his contracts that none of the challenges could include clowns.
8. He was a Strong Supporter of Barack Obama
During the 2008 presidential election, P Diddy was known for encouraging his fans through his social media platform to vote for Barack Obama. After Obama won the election, Sean Combs stated that he felt that he helped this happen.
9. P Diddy Briefly Attended Howard University
Although he dropped out early on, Sean Combs attended Howard University where he majored in business. After becoming a success he later donated more than $200,000 to the university and was given an honorary doctorate.
10. He Spent Some Time as a Kid With an Amish Family
During some of his summers as a kid, his mother enrolled him in a program where he lived with an Amish family. He spent this time without electricity on a farm helping the family do chores.
11. His Favorite Movie is Scarface
Although P Diddy has likely watched many movies throughout his lifetime, it has been reported that Scarface is actually his favorite movie. He has stated that he has watched the movie more than 60 times.
12. P Diddy Once Assaulted a Record Executive
P Diddy once recorded a song and music video with musician NOS, during which Sean Combs in one scene was shown to be crucified like Christ. He later asked for the scene to be taken out, and when the record executive chose not to comply with his request, P Diddy struck him with a champagne bottle. Sean later took a plea deal rather than go to court over the incident.
13. P Diddy is Responsible for Notorious B.I.G.’s Career
The rapper who once was called Biggie Smalls was actually rebranded by P Diddy as Notorious B.I.G. and ended up as a success. It was said that Sean Combs heard his music and went to New York to listen and then rebranded and signed him to his label, Bad Boy Records.
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14. Puff Daddy is also a Philanthropist
Not only is Sean Combs a successful businessman, but he has also given back to various communities and organizations throughout his career. In addition to his donation to Howard University, he has also helped the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and various other organizations and disasters over the years.
15. Did You Know That P Diddy Shares a Birthday with Matthew McConaughey?
It’s true, these two famous celebrities both were born on November 4th, 1969.
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