Sean “Diddy” Combs is a pioneer and is regarded as one of the most prominent contributors to the entertainment industry. With over 30 years in the business, there’s almost no avenue the entrepreneur hasn’t pursued and excelled at. Depending on the era you were born in, you may not be aware of all the creative positions the star has held in his 30+ career. The Harlem-born mogul has signed and developed some of the biggest acts in the business, rapped, acted in a few successful movies, produced, and even directed a handful of the most iconic music videos ever to grace our television screens.
Diddy’s efforts have been met with applause, respect, and several significant awards and recognitions. And on June 26, at the BET Awards 2022, hosted by actress Taraji P. Henson, we’re honoring the legend who revolutionized a genre and inspired a culture. But before we do, here are five of the most iconic Diddy-produced songs.
Jodeci — Forever My Lady 1991
Off their debut studio album of the same name, Forever My Lady, 90s quartet Jodeci released this uptempo Diddy-produced R&B record in May 1991 under MCA records and Uptown Records, where the music veteran first got his start in the music business.
The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy
This classic 1994 track was produced by Poke of the duo Trackmasters and Diddy off Biggie’s debut album Ready to Die. The song, which sings about going from rags to riches, is widely considered one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time—and we’re not arguing.
Puff Daddy feat. Mase & The Notorious B.I.G.- Been Around The World
Diddy is known for having some of the best collaborations in music. His 1997 hit “Been Around The World” which samples the late David Bowie’s ’83 smash single “Let’s Dance” is proof. Thanks to the Diddy formula, the track shot to the number 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Mariah Carey - Honey
Mariah Carey’s 1997 Grammy-nominated single “Honey” was produced by Diddy, Kamaal "Q-Tip" Fareed, and Steven "Stevie J" Jordan. The uptempo hip hop and R&B song was nominated for two awards at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards, for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance” and “Best R&B Song.”
Mary J Blige - You Remind Me
Friend and long-time collaborator Diddy played a massive role in Mary J. Blige’s debut album, What’s the 411? serving as executive producer on several of the tracks, including “You Remind Me,” “Love No Limit,” and ”Real Love.”
Tune in to the BET Awards 2022 Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.
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