Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy has opened up about his days before the stardom and how much he wanted to pursue a professional sports career over music.
Speaking with radio host Tim Westwood, Diddy admitted football was his primary passion as a high school student.
“I never really had aspirations to become a recording artist, or a producer, or a music mogul or anything like that. I loved American football. So throughout grade school and high school I was pursuing a dream to become a professional American football player. My last year of high school, before you go to college, my leg got broke. I had broke my leg right before my most important season when the scouts come to see you. So I entered into a real serious state of depression. That was my dream. I didn’t plan on doing anything else. I had no ‘Plan B.'” (“Tim Westwood TV”)
In 2009, Diddy claimed he had a short-lived career as a drug dealer during his youth.
“Some of my friends were selling drugs in the Maryland and (Washington) D.C. area. I remember them having all this jewelery and new BMWs. I was eating Romain noodles, stealing from the 7-Eleven to get some food. I thought, ‘I need to get some money like y’all have.’ I thought, ‘I need to get some money like y’all have.’ So I go out on the block, the strip where they’re selling drugs, and my man says, ‘OK, I’m going to give you this. You wait there. They’ll come up to you.’ I’m out there five minutes when three cop cars pull up and officers jump out and start chasing me. I ran and got away… God was sending me signals. I told my friends, ‘Thanks, y’all, but no thanks. This game is not for me.’ I walked out that door, and I ain’t been around nobody with no drugs. I don’t want to see no drugs. I’m probably the shortest-duration drug dealer in history. That’s why you never heard me talk about it in my rhymes.” (Contact Music)
Diddy’s late father was reportedly involved in drug operations with famed kingpin Frank Lucas.
Combs was born in the public housing projects of the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the son of Janice and Melvin Combs. He grew up in Mount Vernon. When Combs was a child, his father, aged 33, an associate of Frank Lucas the New York drug lord, was shot dead in his car at a Manhattan park after attending a party. Lucas and rival gangster Nicky Barnes both publicly state that they were close to Melvin. (Wikipedia)
Outside of career dreams, Diddy recently released a new album.
Evening things out in Top 50 is Diddy/Dirty Money‘s Last Train to Paris which fell 36 slots to No. 43 with 39,000. After two weeks in stores, the album currently rests at 140,000 sold units. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
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