Growing up in Mount Vernon, Sean "Diddy" Combs wasn't like the other kids. He had a hustler mentality from early on. In his recent documentary "Can't Stop Won't Stop," Diddy describes a moment sitting at the stoop of his childhood home looking across the street at a neighbor's pool thinking, "I want a pool." At twelve years old he wanted a pair of sneakers his mom couldn't afford. He describes the look of disappointment in her face as one of the first moments he felt the motivation to get what he wanted on his own. So, he began a paper route, even though kids weren't allowed until age fourteen. He knew most of his customers were elderly so he would leave the paper on the porch screen. At that age he learned the lesson that you have to think about servicing your customer better than anyone else, no matter what you do. That's where his hustle was born.
We know about his music career and his business successes, now he is taking on the biggest challenge yet, by starting the American music oriented digital cable television network, REVOLT. As he likes to remind everyone “the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media,” REVOLT is building a platform for music videos and original programming content.
Forbes estimates Diddy’s net worth to be $820 million in 2017, he’s won three Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance for a Duo or Group. Diddy has released five studio albums and produced countless records with the biggest stars in music. He’s also an actor with roles in movies like “Get Him to the Greek,” “Monster’s Ball,” and “Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power.” An artist that gives back, Diddy is founder of Daddy’s House Social Programs, helping inner city youth with tutoring, life skill classes and annual summer camp. He’s made contributions to disaster funds like a $1 million dollar donation to recovery efforts for Katrina. An influencer of pop culture and example that hard work does pay off, that’s why he “can’t stop, won’t stop.”
"Some of my biggest success comes from some of my biggest failures."
Bringing an entrepreneurial spirit the Hip Hop game never seen before, Sean “Diddy” Combs brought hip hop to new heights, paving the way for new artists to become the kings of the music industry. An influential figure responsible for bringing acts like Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Lil Kim, Mase, Craig Mac and the biggest of them all, Notorious BIG. His drive and work ethic is unmatched. Diddy may be the wealthiest Hip Hop figure in the world, and for good reason. He’s brought hip hop soul to the masses, vodka to the party, Sean John to your body and now according to him, his biggest endeavor yet, his media company called REVOLT.
As a teenager, Diddy was always trying to find a way. With a childhood home filled with sounds from Al Green and James Brown, music became his passion. With dreams of breaking into the music industry, Diddy targeted Uptown Records, which included Heavy D among its artists. It just so happened Heavy D lived in his neighborhood, so Diddy would walk up and down the street in hopes of running into him. One day, he finally worked up the courage to knock on Heavy D's front door. Full of confidence, Diddy tells him, "I want to be your manager." Heavy D liked his spirit and promised to make a phone call to Uptown Record founder Andre Harrell. It would take months before finally being able to meet with the exec. Diddy offered to work for free, and he did for the next two years. His very first task was to pick up papers ten blocks from the Uptown offices. Diddy ran there and back surprising Andre Harrell with how quickly he did it. Diddy said, "I just wanted to impress him from the beginning." This drive to do his best at every single aspect garnered respect among his colleagues, and the reputation of his drive quickly became mainstay.