Today, Nov. 4, marks the 48th birthday of Sean "Diddy" Combs! After beginning his career as an intern at Uptown Records, Diddy launched Bad Boy Records in 1994 as a joint venture with Arista Records. After launching the careers of future superstars such as The Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans and Total,  Diddy became a multi-platinum artist himself after the massive success of his debut album, No Way Out, in 1997.

In the 23 years since the advent of Bad Boy, Diddy has gone on to become one of hip-hop's wealthiest men, launching successful ventures such as REVOLT, the Sean John clothing line, several popular reality television shows, and serving as the brand ambassador for premium vodka brand, Cîroc.

Always one to keep pushing the boundaries of music forward, Diddy celebrated his 46th birthday two years back by dropping surprise album MMM the morning of. In 2016, Diddy announced a Bad Boy Reunion show in Brooklyn, which sold out in seven minutes. The success of the New York shows prompted Diddy to do a Bad Boy Reunion Tour, taking acts like Lil Kim, Faith Evans, Mase, The Lox, DMX, Total and more on the road. Diddy also put in a few calls to famous friends JAY-Z and Nas to make guest appearances on the tour.

This year, when he wasn't chopping it up with Barack Obama,  getting massive tattoos or stunting on red carpets, the man with a plan was busy making money moves, per usual. In late June, he released Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The Bad Boy Story, a documentary chronicling the life of Diddy and his Bad Boy powerhouse, and was named the highest paid hip-hop artist of the year by Forbes in September.

In the past month, Diddy was featured as one XXL's 20 cover stars for the Fall 2017 20th anniversary issue. During his interview, the rap mogul expressed his love for the culture, while giving himself a well-deserved pat on the back for "taking hip-hop to a Forbes/Wall Street level." View his cover story in it's entirety in the 20th anniversary hub.

Happy Birthday, Diddy!

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