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Bad Boy For Life: A look back at the rap empire Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs built

Bad Boy For Life: A look back at the rap empire Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs built

Long before he was Puff Daddy the hip-hop mogul, Sean John the clothing designer or Diddy the movie star and shameless vodka promoter, Sean John Combs launched a fledgling record label that would change the course of hip-hop in just a week.

It was the summer of 1994. His label Bad Boy Entertainment had just released the hypnotic groove “Flava in Ya Ear” by Craig Mack. It shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs, but more than that, it cracked the Top 10 on the pop charts in what would prove the beginning of hip-hop’s dominance of mainstream music and American pop culture.

Within days of Mack’s hit, Bad Boy...

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