This new culture gave rise to stars, and none shone brighter than Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs.
It was July of 1993, while we were moving into our new VIBE offices on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, we faced the excitement, the energy and the fear of which articles to include in our forthcoming September 1993 debut issue.
Que: [laughs] I don’t think I even got anything for Valentine’s Day. Like, my past girlfriends I usually buy them gifts. Singersroom: What’s the best Valentine’s Day present you’ve ever gotten? Que and I haven’t had the opportunity to spend Valentine’s Day together…
With unimaginable highs, like the platinum success of artists like Brooklyn’s The Notorious B. G., R&B trio Total and introducing the masses to Harlem World’s Ma$e, Combs would face the unfortunate battle of coasts with Death Row Records, the soul crushing death of The Notorious B. G and himself looking at serious jail time at one point. Not only surviving but thriving in an entertainment world that hunts you down to throw you out, he’s prospered in areas previously closed to young black executives.
Defining eras from the early 90s to now, he’s stumbled and rebounded with stints in acting on Broadway and entering Hollywood’s silver screens to snatching prestigious awards in the fashion world with his Sean John clothing line.
Puff took a pass that was played by Quincy and Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, and added a whole new direction to infuse the culture.
He constantly expanded the limits of industry and commerce while innovating aggressively and creating a history making enterprise fueled by the sound and hard work that was put forth by the countless moguls he helped create and longtime partner in building Bad Boy Records, Vice President Harve Pierre.
Already from the beginning, he was a mini criminal. The best Valentine’s Day gift I’ve gotten is from my father. Singersroom: In your opinion, what would be the ideal Valentine’s Day that Que could plan for you? Singersroom: What’s your perfect Valentine’s Day song or soundtrack? Love sounds like this or love sounds like this song. My father’s a musician and he teaches me the old school stuff.
After that our relationship for five years was a very interesting one. I’m a huge fan of plushed animals and everywhere he just comes up with the best gifts. I really feel like love sounds like this, looks like this, feels like this and it’s Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” Que: I would definitely put on “A Song For You” by Donnie Hathaway. [Shannon] I know you wanna come over You can come over [Shannon] (Dawn) Baby I'm alone tonight And I wanna feel alright You already know what I like, boy (If you come over) [Aubrey] (Dawn) I will lay it down so right It will really blow your mind Baby just relax your mind You know (Whenever you come over) [D.[DAWN] If I gave you my love You gotta keep it cool Don’t you go running your mouth It gets hard to trust And I got a lot to lose But don’t make me regret what we do [AUBREY] It feels so good Whenever you kiss me there (Hold up wait a second Let me make sure we can let loose) Let's make that move, yeah Make sure no one’s watching, yeah [ALL] We do everything here behind closed doors Make sure the blinds are shut So I can be your secret lover If we do this now you can’t tell a soul Wanna be your secret lover Can I be your secret lover? ] see the flash Just don't leave no clue But make sure you hold your ground I hope you pass the test I really wanna trust you, yeah [AUBREY] It feels so good, yeah Whenever you kiss me there (Hold up wait a second Let me make sure we can let lose) Let’s make that move, yeah Make sure no one’s watching, yeah [ALL] We do everything here behind closed doors Make sure the blinds are shut So I can be your secret lover If we do this now you can’t tell a soul Wanna be your secret lover Can I be your secret lover? [x2] This song from Danity Kane’s final album DK3, speaks on dating someone privately without exposing that love publicly.And this led to our FIRST serious editorial decision of our young magazine’s career–”Do we keep Puffy in this issue or do we wait and see what happens with him and put him in a later issue?”To our credit, we continued with the piece in the inaugural issue, showing Puff in his brash, bossy and shirtless glory.He soon secured a lucrative label deal with Clive Davis’ Arista Records for his own Bad Boy Records.