P Diddy is definitely one of the most recognizable names in hip hop. Actually, he's been known by several aliases including Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, and his real name Sean Combs. He has risen from the projects of Harlem in New York City to becoming one of the most popular celebrity figures in mainstream America. Today, he tastes bitter sweet success as his own record label headquarters is located at Manhattan's Times Square, only minutes away from his childhood home. Additionally, P Diddy's ventures have expanded from music to television, movies, fashion, and business.
Many of today's P Diddy fans have only discovered the hip hop mogul in the last decade. But Diddy has been in the hip hop game since 1991, and it took him a few years to rise from the underground scene into the mainstream stages. P Diddy's earliest associations were with rap legend the Notorious B.I.G. Diddy played a minor role in the 1994 hit "Juicy", where the Notorious B.I.G was clearly the star. With time, Diddy started to get involved in the production work behind B.I.G.'s songs, such as "Big Poppa."
Finally in 1997, Puff Daddy released his debut album "No Way Out." At the time, this was one of the albums that truly represented east coast hip hop, which faced some serious tension from the west coast. Eventually the hip hop feud ended in the murder of Tupac Shakur and B.I.G, which actually opened new doors for Puff Daddy. Since then, P Diddy has released four of his own albums, expanded Bad Boy Entertainment, launched his own fashion line (Sean John), appeared on TV shows, and invested in different businesses.
Due to his enormous popularity, P Diddy has mostly produced mainstream type of hip hop. Being a familiar face on MTV is a good indicator of his celebrity status, and that's why he stays away from hardcore and gangsta genres of hip hop music. In the summer of 2010, P Diddy's latest album "Last Train To Paris" is scheduled for release.