The Story of Bad Boy Entertainment

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The story of Bad Boy Entertainment is one of triumph and tragedy. It was triumph when the dream of founder Sean "Puffy" Combs was transformed into one of the most successful record labels in the history of hip-hop music. It was tragedy when the life of Bad Boy's most successful artist, Christopher "Biggie" Wallace, was violently ended at the prime of his career. It was triumph again when Puffy evoked Biggie's memory in a chart-topping song that helped jump-start a highly successful performing career of his own. ...

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Overview

The story of Bad Boy Entertainment is one of triumph and tragedy. It was triumph when the dream of founder Sean "Puffy" Combs was transformed into one of the most successful record labels in the history of hip-hop music. It was tragedy when the life of Bad Boy's most successful artist, Christopher "Biggie" Wallace, was violently ended at the prime of his career. It was triumph again when Puffy evoked Biggie's memory in a chart-topping song that helped jump-start a highly successful performing career of his own. Nearly 20 years after its founding, Bad Boy Entertainment has grown from a record label spinning out rap hits to a do-every-thing company with dealings in the world of fashion, food, and music.

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Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
Bad Boy Entertainment was the result of one man's big dream and single-minded focus on making that dream come true. Sean John Combs, nicknamed Puffy, grew up in Harlem, New York, a city that was plagued by crime and poverty. His father was murdered when Sean was only three years old, but with the love of his mother and grandmother he had a happy childhood. Puffy had a passion for hip-hop and worked hard to perfect his dance moves. While in college he began organizing weekly dance parties where he was introduced to the president of a major record company and given a job that would change his life. Puffy worked hard and over the years his responsibilities grew until he was eventually promoted to vice president of talent and marketing. Puffy's ego grew along with his success and eventually this cost him his job. Puffy took all he had learned and established his own record label, Bad Boy Entertainment. There were highs and lows along the way, the biggest low being the murder of Puffy's closest friend and most promising artist, Christopher "Biggie" Wallace. Negative publicity and legal troubles continued to tarnish Puffy's image and he decided he needed to change a few things. He began by changing his name to P. Diddy and announcing he would begin pursuing other endeavors such as acting, and designing a line of clothing for men. Combining these pursuits along with his music success, P. Diddy turned his dream into a multimillion-dollar empire. This book should appeal to anyone interested in the rise of rap and hip-hop music. Included in this book is a chronology of events, index, glossary, internet resources, and suggestions for further reading. Part of the "Hip-Hop Hitmakers" series. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422221112
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Series: Hip-Hop Hitmakers Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Dream Begins 5

2 Bad Boy is Born 17

3 Puffy hits the Stage 34

4 Tough Times 43

5 The Dreams Lives on 50

Chronology 56

Glossary 58

Further Reading 60

Internet Resources 61

Index 62

About the Author 64

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