Family Business: Sean 'Puffy' Combs and his Diddy Bops
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Family Business: Puffy & His Diddy Bops

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Words by Amber McKynzie

In 1989, Sean “Puffy” Combs left the brick sidewalks cemented throughout Howard University’s campus and found himself interning for Andre Harrell, founder of the now defunct Uptown Records. While working under Harrell’s leadership, Combs was introduced to the legendary Notorious B.I.G., but after getting let go from the former founder’s bombing record label, a young Puff Daddy took Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace with him as he started his own label, Bad Boy Entertainment (now Bad Boy Records). From that moment forward, Puffy knew he was going straight to the top.

Although the man with a million nicknames was infatuated with his success and that of his artists, he soon became hypnotized with importance of family after he and his former girlfriend, Misa Hylton-Brim, brought Combs’ first child, Justin, into the world. From that moment forward, Diddy (as people later called him) wasn’t just enthralled with building an empire he was determined to create an unforgettable legacy, which he’s done with the help of his former and current girlfriends, Kim Porter and Cassie, respectively, his five biological children and his stepson and the many entertainers he’s helped rise to the top including Danity Kane, Day 26, Red Café, MGK and more. But while the smoke and mirrors that make the music industry may seem to be Puff’s No. 1 priority, there’s no doubt that his family comes first.

From his eldest son, Justin, who’s now playing football at UCLA to his twin daughters posing for magazine covers alongside their mother, Sean Combs has plenty to be thankful for. When it comes to Puffy and his family, just press play!

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