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Today In Hip-Hop: Puff Daddy Changes Name To P. Diddy

On this day, March 29th, in hip-hop history…


2001: Sean “Puffy” Combs officially changes his name to P. Diddy. Following his acquittal of five counts of bribery and criminal possession of a weapon in 1999 – the same case that led to former Bad Boy rapper Shyne’s incarceration – Combs announced that he would officially change his name to P. Diddy. According to the Bad Boy impresario, the name change wasn’t meant to be “as serious as Prince,” but rather, he wanted his name to be “something fresh.”

This wouldn’t be the last time Combs would change his music moniker, however. In 2005, he shortened his name to “Diddy,” and in 2011, he briefly changed his name to “Swag.”

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