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Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination



Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among many efforts, King headed the SCLC. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. King was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, "I Have a Dream."

Early Years Born as Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was the middle child of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. The King and Williams families were rooted in rural Georgia. Martin Jr.'s grandfather, A.D. Williams, was a rural minister for years and then moved to Atlanta in 1893. He took over the small, struggling Ebenezer Baptist church with around 13 members and made it into a forceful congregation. He married Jennie Celeste Parks and they had one child that survived, Alberta. Michael King Sr. came from a sharecropper family in a poor farming community. He married Alberta in 1926 after an eight-year courtship. The newlyweds moved to A.D. Williams home in Atlanta. Michael King Sr. stepped in as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church upon the death of his father-in-law in 1931. He too became a successful minister, and adopted the name Martin Luther King Sr. in honor of the German Protestant religious leader Martin Luther. In due time, Michael Jr. would follow his father's lead and adopt the name himself. Young Martin had an older sister, Willie Christine, and a younger brother, Alfred Daniel Williams King. The King children grew up in a secure and loving environment. Martin Sr. was more the disciplinarian, while his wife's gentleness easily balanced out the father's more strict hand. Though they undoubtedly tried, Martin Jr.’s parents couldn’t shield him completely from racism. Martin Luther King Sr. fought against racial prejudice, not just because his race suffered, but because he considered racism and segregation to be an affront to God's will. He strongly discouraged any sense of class superiority in his children which left a lasting impression on Martin Jr. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr. entered public school at age 5. In May, 1936 he was baptized, but the event made little impression on him. In May, 1941, Martin was 12 years old when is grandmother, Jennie, died of a heart attack. The event was traumatic for Martin, more so because he was out watching a parade against his parents' wishes when she died. Distraught at the news, young Martin jumped from a second story window at the family home, allegedly attempting suicide. King attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he was said to be a precocious student. He skipped both the ninth and eleventh grades, and entered Morehouse College in Atlanta at age 15, in 1944. He was a popular student, especially with his female classmates, but an unmotivated student who floated though his first two years. Although his family was deeply involved in the church and worship, young Martin questioned religion in general and felt uncomfortable with overly emotional displays of religious worship. This discomfort continued through much of his adolescence, initially leading him to decide against entering the ministry, much to his father's dismay. But in his junior year, Martin took a Bible class, renewed his faith and began to envision a career in the ministry. In the fall of his senior year, he told his father of his decision.

Name Frederick Douglass


Occupation Civil Rights Activist Birth Date February, 1818 Death Date February 20, 1895 Place of Birth Tuckahoe, Maryland Place of Death Washington, D.C. Originally Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey


Frederick Douglass, a former slave and eminent human rights leader in the abolition movement, was the first black citizen to hold a high U.S. government rank.


Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland. He became one of the most famous intellectuals of his time, advising presidents and lecturing to thousands on a range of causes, including women’s rights and Irish home rule. Among Douglass’ writings are several autobiographies eloquently describing his experiences in slavery and his life after the Civil War.

Life in Slavery

Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, around 1818. The exact year and date of Douglass' birth are unknown, though later in life he chose to celebrate it on February 14. Douglass lived with his maternal grandmother, Betty Bailey. At a young age, Douglass was selected to live in the home of the plantation owners, one of whom may have been his father. His mother, an intermittent presence in his life, died when he was around 10. Frederick Douglass was eventually sent to the Baltimore home of Hugh Auld. It was there that Douglass first acquired the skills that would vault him to national celebrity. Defying a ban on teaching slaves to read and write, Hugh Auld’s wife Sophia taught Douglass the alphabet when he was around 12. When Hugh Auld forbade his wife’s lessons, Douglass continued to learn from white children and others in the neighborhood. It was through reading that Douglass’ ideological opposition to slavery began to take shape. He read newspapers avidly, and sought out political writing and literature as much as possible. In later years, Douglass credited The Columbian Orator with clarifying and defining his views on human rights. Douglass shared his newfound knowledge with other enslaved people. Hired out to William Freeland, he taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament at a weekly church service. Interest was so great that in any week, more than 40 slaves would attend lessons. Although Freeland did not interfere with the lessons, other local slave owners were less understanding. Armed with clubs and stones, they dispersed the congregation permanently. With Douglass moving between the Aulds, he was later made to work for Edward Covey, who had a reputation as a "slave-breaker.” Covey’s constant abuse did nearly break the 16-year-old Douglass psychologically. Eventually, however, Douglass fought back, in a scene rendered powerfully in his first autobiography. After losing a physical confrontation with Douglass, Covey never beat him again.

Family Life and Death

Frederick and Anna Douglass had five children: Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Redmond, and Annie. Annie died at the age of 10. Charles and Rosetta assisted their father in the production of his newspaper The North Star. Anna Douglass remained a loyal supporter of Frederick's public work, despite marital strife caused by his relationships with several other women.


Lewis Latimer (1848 – 1928) What He Invented: The Carbon Filament For The Light Bulb. Why It’s Important: Latimer is one of the greatest inventors of all time. Thomas Edison may have invented the electric lightbulb, but Latimer helped make it a common feature in American households. In 1881 he received a patent for inventing a method of producing carbon filaments, which made the bulbs longer-lasting, more efficient and cheaper. In 1876, he worked with Alexander Graham Bell to draft the drawings required for the patent of Bell’s telephone. source:


Gerald A. Lawson (1940 -2011) What He Invented: The Modern Home-Video Gaming Console. Why It’s Important: Anyone who owns a Playstation, Wii or Xbox should know Lawson’s name. He created the first home video-game system that used interchangeable cartridges, offering gamers a chance to play a variety of games and giving video-game makers a way to earn profits by selling individual games, a business model that exists today.



Patricia Bath (1942-Present) What She Invented: The Cataract Laserphaco Probe.

Why It’s Important: Her device used an innovative method of removing cataract lenses with a laser, which was more accurate than the drill-like instruments that were in common use at the time. The New York ophthalmologist’s invention, patented in 1988, helped save the eyesight of millions and even restored sight to people who had been blind for more than 30 years.



Marc Hannah ( 1956-Present)

What He Invented: 3-D Graphics Technology Used in Films.

Why It’s Important: Anyone awed by the special effects in the films Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and The Abyss should thank Chicago-native Marc Hannah. The computer scientist is one of the founders, in 1982, of the software firm Silicon Graphics (now SGI), where the specialeffects genius developed 3-D graphics technology that would be used in many Hollywood movies.




Arthur Zang (1988-Present) What He Invented: The Cardiopad.

Why It’s Important: The 24 year-old Cameroonian engineer, has invented the Cardopad, a touch-screen medical tablet that enables heart examinations such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) to be performed at remote, rural locations while the results of the test are transferred wirelessly to specialists who can interpret them. The device spares African patients living in remote areas the trouble of having to travel to urban centers to seek medical examinations.


Ludwick Marishane (1991-Present) What He Invented: DryBath Why It’s Important: At age 21 Ludwick Marishane developed a formula that people use to bathe without water. DryBath is a lotion that cleanses cheaply and easily — especially important for the 2.5 billion people worldwide who lack proper access to water and sanitation. DryBath has the same effect as an antibacterial cleanser, but it’s odorless and creates a biodegradable film that cleans and moisturizes the skin. Five years later, it’s now available on the market. Marishane has since enrolled at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and was named the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.

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Bottle Service by Nia NYC About the track: Produced By ATL's SuperGirl Producer 9 Eleven Beats - "Bottle service" is an Uptempo Club inspired party track combining an infectious hook on top of a throwback Hip Hop beat. Reminiscent of the New York HipHop Sound of the early 2000’s. The track highlights "the ladies" popping bottles and having fun in the club.

Bio: Nia NYC is a 22 year old rap artist/ songwriter from Brooklyn / Harlem, New York. She lends her writing skills to the production team for Rowdy Princess Music Group, which is an all female powered production company based out of New York City.

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Young Gifted have been around for quite long and have produced dozens of hit songs in their more than 25 years appearance on the hip hop music scene. Yet, all their beats and sounds seem to have been launched just yesterday. Young Gifted are always ready to test the limits of the hip-hop genre in the most creative ways. In their new single “Cash Flow!” the group explores into the mindset of the streets and the cipher language of the hood through its code phrase “play to keep.” The song tells the story at a chanting cadence. Cash Flow is about money hustling and getting paper by any means necessary. Let the all mighty dollar be your motivator. They say money is the root of all evil but where we come from, it’s the root of all happiness. Like 50 Cent stated, Get rich or Die tryin. Of course, Young Gifted are true representatives of hardcore rap music, no doubt about that. However, they often bring together tunes, rhythms and wording of the early days and Gangsta rap, with influences of the new school and the second wave, along with a modern contemporary tone, in their own completely original style. Because of this, their music could form a subcategory in hip hop on its own right, without this statement being much of an exaggeration. On the other hand, Young Gifted stubbornly refuse to increase the tempo of their songs or tweak and soften their music using too much sampling, engineering and bouncing beats - as a good number of first-rank hip-hop musicians actually do. They keep their songs pure. The band originates from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Even though they carry in their blood the sounds and images of their born place and the experiences of the challenging life there, their songs speak to a much wider audience mostly at the east coast, but also elsewhere, in US and abroad. “Cash Flow!” is not to be an exception. Early in the year, they launched: Murda 1, Sick Enuff & Get”Em. All three singles were on the playlist of top mix shows in the country and were hailed by the group’s fanatic followers. Young Gifted has been featured on numerous magazines, including Hip Hop Weekly and XXL, and was also profiled by, and Songs of Young Gifted can be found online, some of them free to download and share.

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BOMBCHELLE BOMBCHELLE My name is Michelle Mitchell and also go by my artist name BOMBCHELLE, This is my story.I was plagued by unforeseen events like most from an early age, I had lost my father January 11, 1995 after being in a coma for a month due to a heart attack. A few years later holding on to the one thing that I knew would make him proud was taken from me. I lost my virginity at 16 being raped, I was raped 2 times after once at gunpoint.It was traumatic and not telling my family until recently was difficult. In 2005 I felt so free that I invested in my own business which was a recording studio that I co-owned for 4 years and recorded my first album BOMBCHELLE "Blowing Up" and sold over 30,000 copies. In 2007 I thought those years of pain in my life were over until I fell in love with a man who I thought would bring me comfort and security but come to find out he had a mental illness that affected me and my 2 sons. We got married and the abuse got worse. Mainly verbal and emotional which at times would leave me feeling alone and depressed. During those times music was my refuge and way to cope. Although I wasn't recording during those years I never stopped writing! Music, spirituality and therapy gave me a strong sense of divine purpose , eventually anchored and sustained me, I am not a "victim" but an "overcomes" not a "survivor" but a "thriver." My art is an expression of pain and hope, my music is a story that I feel compelled to be heard, my message to women is one of faith and renewal! ..................Check out the rest here BOMBCHELLE Laid Up Watch "BOMBCHELLE "MY LIFE" FULL VIDEO PRODUCED BY EASY MO BEE" on YouTube


A1 - I Don't Mean It A1. I'm an upcoming hip hop artist from Brooklyn, NY based in Washington, DC. A1 performing "I Don't mean It" starring Fiesty The Future. The song is from his latest mixtape 'You're Appreciated' ; available now in description below. Track produced by Scarecrow Beats. Video Directed by Jay Dawg of KNEWLIFEMEDIA Films. #TheNettwork #A1 Download 'You're Appreciated' Here :

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PHRESH ALI Phresh Ali is a hip hop artist from East Atlanta (Stone Mountain/Decatur) has created a great buzz for himself in the Atlanta area and online, becoming a fabric in Atlanta performance scene, he has quickly become a name gaining stem due to his very Skillful and Creative Lyricism with the ability to make quality songs with high energy shows. This new project #FakeDeep is inspired by Phresh's take on the image vs. quality of the music that artists make, so he is often tagged with being a classic 90ish type of MC, not to box him in, but more in praise of his ability to offer skills on the mic which in more recent years in hip hop has obviously become secondary (unfortunately) to image and everything but the music but he cares about his lyrics and the art form of being an MC. Phresh is influenced by the 90s yet it doesn't define him, he is a versatile artist in general. Jermaine Dupri recently has been recording with him at his South Side Studios and is really high on him as an artist and has been building with Phresh. Twitter: @PhreshAli IG: @Phriday13

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CROWN ROYAL And just like that, a new excitement begins as three of Detroit's polished and respected MC's become one by forming the hip hop super group, Crown Royal. As the announcement was made, they wasted no time in releasing material to the people. The exclusively released record titled "Uh Huh" is sure to make a strong impact in the hip hop community and music blogs. A hip hop track ignited by soulful energy, drums, uh huh sample and a smooth but strong baseline presence. With witty lyricism, wisdom and substance, Crown Royal reminds us that "If you stand for nothing, you'll fall for anything". A record that supports the idea of creating an agenda that supports you and those around you, instead of following what the world insists you should do. It's no more "uh huh, it's more like "uh uh". @BlackCollarMusicGroup

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James Swetmusic aka Big Knuckx @james_swetmusic James swetmusic

Kentucky Artist/Songwriter/engineer Founder Of Swetmusic & Medievil Click Member Of 151 affiliate of SETheMob 19 Mixtapes in 12 yrs 3 albums Also does Mixtape work with dj Reezy Johnson (kymp Kamp Djs) The Dope Acsdemy &48 fm on live365


Zone ez 1/2 of the super group 1two punch

1$2 punch is a label and a brand. 1 Signed artist to 1two punch records and that is yung tek too real. the other half of the 1$2 punch is L-knox and the producer for the record label. L -knox and zone ez where involed in a shooting where L-knox was shot and with zone in the car ,it was a night to remember . Zone has been rapping for a long time now im mean long time since a kid at school and at home in a home recording with a kareoke machine and keyboard. Zone ez Ft Blamo yung Shake That Jelly @Zone_ez WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/1TWOPUNCH INSTAGRAM.COOM/ZONE_EZ


Che Stunna "Giuseppe" feat Dre Willz Bio Che Stunna (born June 27, 1989), formally known as Che Merk), is an American hip hop recording artist from Washington, DC. He is currently preparing to release his yet to be titled debut LP, set to drop Fall 2017. As a youth, Che split his time between Prince Georges County and DC. Quickly picking up a keen sense of streets smarts and ingenuity, which he would later use to help jump start his music career, the DMV resident discovered his love for Hip-Hop culture well before he picked up a mic. After gaining some clout by performing at local open mics, in 2010 he began working with Gudda Musik Recording; a premiere studio located in DC's North West region. It was there that he perfected the craft of engineering a record and developed his unique style. The following year (2011) he released his first mixtape, 'Bass Da Movement.' The premiere body of work Included a guest feature from Wale's Every Blue Moon signee Dew Baby as well as Roc Nation poster boy J. Cole. Stepping up his artistry and continuing to show and prove, in 2012 he released 'The Homecoming.' Equipped with some high profile appearances by Jeezy and Lil' Wayne, the project served as the perfect segue to his 'Anything Goes' mixtape; spearheaded by the single "Bounce." 2013 proved to be particularly quiet for him even with the release of "I'm Da Man". However, 2014 more than made up for the previous year streamlined by the Reggae-influenced cut "Damn It," we received his DJ Lil Keem assisted collection of sounds entitled Wild Life. Though Wild Life successfully solidified him as an DMV rap staple, 2015's "Bandz" proved to be his biggest feat to date. The song, which garnered over 100K streams in a few short weeks, is currently getting spins in multiple markets across the East Coast and is even receiving air time on The Breakfast Club's resident radio station Power 105. 1 FM. A visual for the track is set to be released early next month. In addition to music, Che frequently gives back to his community. His philanthropic endevours include: cash donations, purchasing clothes for the youth, speaking on panels, and doing free shows for charity. BANDZ CheMerk IG CheStunna Snapchat CheMerk

E.BANDIT E. Bandit Bio Infatuated with the art of lyricism from a very young age, VA-bred emcee E. Bandit’s earliest memories of music include obsessing over artists’ lyrics, writing them down as she would listen, reciting them repeatedly until they were second nature and had become a part of her mental rolodex — a hobby that she feels helped hone her own writing ability. By the age of 9, she’d penned her first original tune, and began exploring song creation on a more consistent basis. Her initial tracks were of a poetic nature — her repertoire contained mainly R&B music and ballads — but she’d still exercise her lyrical talent via freestyles with friends and short features, which she’d donned “P. Diddy verses." It wasn’t until she entered college that she met students that were emcees and were involved in the local music scene, and began taking the craft more seriously. By this time, she was 18, and was experiencing more in life that needed expressing, and the music, along with becoming the perfect avenue, became an even more integral part of her life. "Music is literally my lifeline. To me, music is that friend that is always there for you no matter what you may be going through or feeling at any time of the day or night, never turning her back. Music is the best love I could ever know.” In 2010, she released her first full project, Clinically F!CKED, followed by Mischief & Mayhem in 2011, BAD NITE in 2013, and her latest release, BAD NITE II: The Arsonist, which was released May 2015.All of E. Bandit’s music can be found on her website: She can be followed on social media: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Soundcloud: Youtube:


Pretty Tee AKA Mr. Shit-talker is the leader of the Swamp City movement in Miami Fl. Pretty Tee is 1/3 member of the group Under Ground Clownz. Pretty Tee started making music at the age of 12 years old. At the age of 21 years old pretty Tee built his own studio. Pretty Tee started recording and releasing his music independent. Four years later Pretty Tee started his own company which is call CMOBB RECORDS. Over the past couple of years Pretty Tee has been focus on his solo career. Pretty Tee has been feature on many different mixtapes that has been distribute in the south eastern region. Pretty Tee first solo album which was release last year was meet with great success. Pretty Tee latest project Apt. 108 ep had a few tracks which also had success in the underground music scene. The goal for Pretty Tee is to release three full album every year for his fan base. Pretty Tee display many different views and storytelling skills. All the album can be found on all digital retailer store. Pretty Tee 100 miles from da Keyz @cmobbrecords C.E.O. and Chairman of C-MOBB RECORDS. "Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.� — William J. Cameron Real music for Real fans.... Go check me out at C-MOBBRECORDS.COM




His music is challenging and socially conscious, particularly focusing on themes such as the struggle of urban America's real life. The intense charge of his rhymes is all about connecting with listeners through high-energy, uplifting melodies, and a personal blend of thought-provoking lyrical flow that echoes the work of influential performers such as Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole or Big Kritt, just to mention a few.

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Hailing from Memphis, Karizma is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist with a unique approach to his blend of hip-hop

St.Louis Yung Ro and J Marz - Gone Go St. Louis Mo has been nation's topic for the past two years. Known for situations such as excessive police force, the city is a challenge when it comes to progress. However a young rapper named Yung Ro is stepping up to the plate. He is owner and CEO of Black Pearl Entertainment located in the St. Louis downtown area. The 20 year entity umbrellas a tattoo shop and BPENT Recording Studio. Yung Ro is the second generation ownership and governors the company with the help of his younger brothers Jiro (artist) and Mook Beast (producer). Yung Ro considers himself a well rounded artist which he mastered the talents of music and tattooing.

Within the past few years, Yung Ro has taken a hiatus from music when his father and manager was diagnosed with Lupus. Therefore the young rapper was forced to step into his father shoes. Taking over the company was no problem for Yung Ro. After all things fell in place Yung Ro focused his attention back on music. He currently released a buzz track titled "Gone Go" produced by Mook Beast. Also be on the look out for another track titled "Wing" which is special to him because it narrates him spreading his wings as a true boss. Twitter: @tokyocertified Instagram: @yung_ro

Foreign Ca$h Ft. Boss Man Bandz - Gettin Money Boss Man Bandz & Foriegn Ca$h was born in Sacramento,CA In The Earley 90's but later moved to Chattanooga,TN as kids. As teenagers the two would spit rhymes they heard on tv and radio.One day they decided to become rappers and make there own music and become successful.2008 was the year when they began doing there own music.For years the two dropped music and mixtapes and did a few shows.2015 Is When "Boss Man Bandz" known at the time as "Koolaid Boy" dropped his hit song "Designer" on a mixtape hosted by DJ Skroog Mkduk called "Bank Deposit" The reason behind the name change from Koolaid Boy to Boss Man Bandz is because Koolaid Boy doesn't fit with who I am now as a person and artist says Boss Man Bandz.Foreign Ca$h is Boss Man Bandz younger brother in real life there ethnicity is part African American and part Spanish. This Year 2016 January 9 the two dropped a new mixtape called "We Got Now" because after many years of grinding they feel as if it's time to make it big and become successful in hip-hop.Boss Man Bandz and Foreign Ca$h hope to continue work with DJ Skroog Mkduk and anybody in the that's real down to earth. Twitter @Boss_Man_Bandz Twitter @Foreign_Cash_

SCRIB Bio: I am Scrib a southside Chicago rapper/producer. I am influenced by the styles of Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Outkast, Timbaland, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Pharcyde. My goal is to make music people can feel/relate to no matter the concept. soundcloud: IAmScrib Twitter: dopaminascrib snapchat; dopaminascrib Instagram: Scribchm

SILENT ASSASIN Rolla Coasta "Silent Assasin" @SAsilentassasin Bio: HomeTown: St. Louis Age:34 Birth: March 25 Interest: Music, Writing, Cooking, Crafts, Research Music Interest: Indie Hip Hop Writing Interest: Song (Hip Hop/ R&B), Poetry, Letters, basically almost anything requiring words. Cooking Interest: Homemade, bake, fry, boil, steam etc. Craft Interest: Almost anything that requires use of color, being creative. Research: Anything requiring a need to know basis, no limitations Soundcloud: Blog:

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Puffy Daddy Ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Gizzle - You Could Be My Lover

“PUFFY” One of the biggest hip-hop impresarios ever, Sean Combs — known as Puff Daddy until his professional name change to P. Diddy, then just Diddy — created a multi-million-dollar industry around Bad Boy Entertainment, with recordings by the Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack, Faith Evans, 112, and Total all produced and masterminded by Combs himself. Responsible for over $100 million in total record sales and named ASCAP's 1996 Songwriter of the Year, Combs was, on the other hand, criticized by many in the hip-hop community for watering down the sound of the underground and also for a perceived over-reliance on samples as practically the sole basis for many of his hits. A very successful A&R executive at Uptown Records during the early '90s responsible for sizable hit records by Father MC, Mary J. Blige, and Jodeci, Combs formed his own Bad Boy label, signed B.I.G., Evans, and Mack, and earned enough hits to cement an alliance with Arista Records. A highly publicized feud with Death Row Records (in which Tupac Shakur and label head Suge Knight served as West Coast/Dark Side equivalents to the Notorious B.I.G. and Combs) was summarily ended in late 1996, when Shakur was murdered and Knight jailed. Six months later, the Notorious B.I.G. was dead as well, and after Combs mourned his friend's death, he hit the pop charts in a big way during his biggest year, 1997.

Born in Harlem in 1969, Sean Combs spent much of his childhood in nearby Mt. Vernon, NY. Already a shrewd businessman through his two paper routes, Combs applied to Howard University in Washington, D.C., and while attending, convinced childhood friend Heavy D to sign him up as an intern at the label for which he recorded, Uptown Records. Several months later, he was an A&R executive with his sights set on the vice presidency, serving as the executive producer for Father MC's 1990 album Father's Day, which became a hit. Successful albums followed for Mary J. Blige (What's the 411?) and Heavy D & the Boyz (Blue Funk) during 1992, though Combs was fired from Uptown by the following year (probably because he was a bit too ambitious).


He worked as a remixer during 1993 and set up Bad Boy Entertainment as his own venture, running the label out of his apartment during long hours with only several employees. After more than a year of hard work, he finally signed two hit artists: former EPMD roadie Craig Mack and the Notorious B.I.G. Mack hit the big time in mid-1994, when a remix of his "Flava in Ya Ear" single (featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Rampage, and the Notorious B.I.G.) hit the Top Ten and became the first platinum record for Bad Boy. At the beginning of 1995, B.I.G. notched the second, when his own second hit, "Big Poppa," reached number six on the pop charts. Mack's album Project: Funk da World eventually went gold and the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die was certified double platinum.

Sean "Puffy" Combs began branching out with Bad Boy during 1995, adding platinum R&B acts Faith Evans and Total (both of whom were connected to B.I.G., Evans as his wife and Total as his former backing vocal group) plus another platinum seller, 112, in 1996. He also produced for many outside artists (including Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, TLC, SWV, and Lil' Kim) and added two straight-ahead hip-hop acts, Mase and the LOX. By that time, however, Combs and B.I.G. were embroiled in a feud with Death Row Records' head, Suge Knight, and star, Tupac Shakur. Shakur accused Combs of involvement in his 1994 shooting, mocked B.I.G. by saying he had slept with Faith Evans, and threatened the two in the lyrics to his hit song "Hit 'Em Up." (The video for the track featured two characters, P.I.G. and Buffy, who are humiliated in various ways.)

He worked as a remixer during 1993 and set up Bad Boy Entertainment as his own venture, running the label out of his apartment during long hours with only several employees. After more than a year of hard work, he finally signed two hit artists: former EPMD roadie Craig Mack and the Notorious B.I.G. Mack hit the big time in mid-1994, when a remix of his "Flava in Ya Ear" single (featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Rampage, and the Notorious B.I.G.) hit the Top Ten and became the first platinum record for Bad Boy. At the beginning of 1995, B.I.G. notched the second, when his own second hit, "Big Poppa," reached number six on the pop charts. Mack's album Project: Funk da World eventually went gold and the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die was certified double platinum.

Sean "Puffy" Combs began branching out with Bad Boy during 1995, adding platinum R&B acts Faith Evans and Total (both of whom were connected to B.I.G., Evans as his wife and Total as his former backing vocal group) plus another platinum seller, 112, in 1996. He also produced for many outside artists (including Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, TLC, SWV, and Lil' Kim) and added two straight-ahead hip-hop acts, Mase and the LOX. By that time, however, Combs and B.I.G. were embroiled in a feud with Death Row Records' head, Suge Knight, and star, Tupac Shakur. Shakur accused Combs of involvement in his 1994 shooting, mocked B.I.G. by saying he had slept with Faith Evans, and threatened the two in the lyrics to his hit song "Hit 'Em Up." (The video for the track featured two characters, P.I.G. and Buffy, who are humiliated in various ways.)

CRUNKATLANTA MAGAZINE In September 1996, however, Shakur was shot and killed by unknown assailants; just six months later, in March of 1997, B.I.G. himself was killed in the same fashion. Just three weeks later, his second album debuted at number one and was eventually certified six times platinum. The single "Hypnotize" also hit number one and stayed on the charts for months after B.I.G. was killed. Though Combs had been preparing his own solo debut, under the name Puff Daddy, he quit working for several months out of grief for his longtime friend. When he returned in mid-1997, it was with a vengeance, as the single "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" held the top spot on the singles charts for almost two months. Following quickly behind was another monster number one hit, "I'll Be Missing You," a tender tribute to B.I.G. with Evans providing background vocals.

Combs' subsequent LP as Puff Daddy, No Way Out, shot straight to number one and was certified platinum several times over; in 1998 it won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and "I'll Be Missing You" won the award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Forever followed in 1999, but the rushed release and lack of any new ideas disappointed fans and dampened sales. On top of that, on April 15 of that year he was accused of severely beating Interscope Records exec Steve Stoute and was brought to court for the incident. Puffy managed to get his sentence trimmed down to second-degree harassment when he finally reached the courts in September, much to his detractors' dismay. More controversy started brewing when his relationship with singer/actress Jennifer Lopez was made public around the same time. Engagement rumors haunted them for a few months, but the real problems began when they were present at a shooting in a New York City club that December. The couple was brought in for questioning and eventually both faced charges for illegal possession of a firearm. Meanwhile, rapper Shyne was indicted for the incident, but Puffy was not dismissed because of the weapons charge. His trial date for the club shooting was finally set, while October found two new lawsuits facing the rapper. First, his driver sued for three million dollars due to personal injury and stress, followed by a $1.8 million suit from the club owner stemming from poor business following the shooting. Though Lopez initially supported Puffy, she broke off their relationship on Valentine's Day 2001.

A planned gospel album was pushed back to a summer release during the mess, but by March some good news finally hit the Bad Boy camp. Puffy was acquitted of all charges stemming from the club incident, which also snuffed out the civil suits revolving around his involvement in the club situation. In a move sure to spark comparisons with Prince (and not the good kind of comparisons), he announced that he was changing his professional name to P. Diddy at the end of the month, and also predicted a new direction for himself and his label. He recorded a gospel album, Thank You, as well as a new solo album, The Saga Continues, but the former was never released. "Bad Boy for Life" became his biggest hit in years late in the summer, and a collaboration with David Bowie appeared on the Training Day movie soundtrack.

Combs took a serious blow in the spring of 2002 when Arista stopped distributing Bad Boy and took Evans with them. A collection of Bad Boy remixes entitled We Invented the Remix became his last album for Arista. 112 also attempted to jump ship to Def Jam, but a restraining order was filed before the group could make a clean break. It was around this time that Diddy broke into reality television by becoming the focal point of Making the Band 2, and subsequently Making the Band 3 (which birthed the group Danity Kane), Making the Band 4, and Making His Band. Bad Boy was revived during the summer of 2006 through the success of both Yung Joc's "It's Going Down" and Cassie's "Me&U," which helped set the stage for his own star-studded Press Play, released that October. After numerous holdups, Diddy issued his fifth album in December 2010. Co-billed to Dirty Money, his group featuring Kalenna Harper and Danity Kane's Dawn Richard, Last Train to Paris was as heavy on high-profile guest collaborators as the previous Diddy release.

Acting and the launch of a music television channel called Revolt occupied the years 2011-2013, and Combs announced early in 2014 that he was resurrecting the Puff Daddy alias for his fifth album, MMM. The single "Big Homie" premiered in February, featuring Rick Ross and French Montana. ~ John Bush & Bradley Torreano, Rovi

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