A select few artists, such as Prince, Puff Daddy, and Snoop Doggy Dogg evolved due to life events or environment. So much so they feel the need to change their names. One can see that this need for change is evident through America’s constantly changing culture.
Throughout his career, Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy suffered from accusations, a bad home life, and losing loved ones. Shortly after his third birthday his mother had another son, and then his father died. Sean Combs mother crafted a story about his father dying in a car accident. However, fourteen year old Sean’s curiosity got the best of him. While researching in the library he found out his father hustled, and he did not die in a car accident, but from a bullet to the head in Central Park West. Sean Combs continues to say, “All the stories I heard about him, he was a good man and all that, and he was just hustling trying to make ends meet. He wasn’t known as some gangster.”
However, growing up in Harlem, many influential artists surrounded Combs. Included in these artists are L. L. Cool J, Run-DMC, and The Beastie Boys. Before he was out of his teens he had already established a bridge between music being made on the street, and the high quality studios of major labels. He is also most known for discovering big names such as, the Notorious B.I.G, and Mary J. Blige.
Once again tragedy threatened to break Combs. On March 9th, 1997 Sean Combs lost his best friend, rapper Biggie Smalls. However that only fueled him, Combs bounced back with the energy of three people. He began to open restaurants, charities, clothing lines, and still kept ahead of the music business.
Finally producing his own music, Diddy recorded his own chart-topping album in 1997 “No Way Out”. In 2001 Diddy signed with Arista Records to form Bad Boy Entertainment. He began to make an estimated $700,000 a year, working an estimated eighteen to twenty hours a day. Throughout his career Puff Daddy faced problems with his name. In Britain another music producers name was Richard “Diddy” Dearlove (“Sean Combs Can't be Diddy in Britain” Jet 110.13: 2006). After changing his name to just Diddy, he faced court the next month because Dearlove launched a lawsuit. However, Diddy isn't the only one known for changing his name.
Prince Rogers Nelson was born June 7th, 1958 in Minneapolis, MN. Son of jazz pianist John Nelson and Mattie Shaw, a singer, Prince grew up surrounded by music. However it wasn't until his parents split up, allowing Prince to meet his step dad (Hayward Baker), that he found his love for music. Their relationship was never great, but when Hayward Baker took prince to his first concert to see the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown. Prince loved the blend of funk, soul, and energetic showmanship. Affected by all of this, twelve year old Prince began teaching himself an array of instruments. Not only did he master the...