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Ultimate Fan Guide: 16 things you didn't know about Sean 'Diddy' Combs

You know him as Puff Daddy, or P.Diddy, or Diddy, or Sean Combs.

But how much do you really know about the Grammy-winning rap mogul who launched this summer's Citi Concert Series on TODAY performances?

Test your knowledge with these trivia facts.

See the full Citi Concert Series on TODAY summer lineup here.

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1. His 'huff and puff' personality

Sean "Diddy" Combs' first nickname came from his childhood personality. "Whenever I got mad as a kid, I used to always huff and puff," he told Jet magazine. "I had a temper. That's why my friend started calling me Puffy."

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2. His 2005 name change had a simple reason

The switch from P.Diddy to just Diddy in 2005 was in part to help fans cheer him on. "I felt the 'P' was coming between me and my fans," he told Katie Couric on TODAY. "We had to simplify it. It was, you know, doing concerts and half the crowd saying 'P. Diddy,' half the crowd chanting 'Diddy.' Now everybody can just chant 'Diddy.'"

3. He's not afraid to be a grandma’s boy

On TODAY in 2012, he named his grandmother as his inspiration, saying she “really looked at me like I could be something.” Despite the poverty of his Harlem surroundings, he said “she was not going for it, she was not having that reality."

4. His mother worked four jobs to get him to college

“My mother was always working for a job, so I guess I was always trained that I should have multiple jobs, multiple aspirations," he said on Nightline.

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs and mother Janice Combs pose on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 21, 2008

5. Bad Boy doesn’t have a 'bad' meaning

Why is the record label that Puff Daddy founded named Bad Boy Entertainment? “I named it Bad Boy, because I wanted to go against the grain,” he said. “Not negative, I just didn’t want to be regular. I didn’t want to just make records, I wanted to make history.”

6. You can call him 'doctor'

In 2014 he received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Howard University, the college he attended for two years in the late 1980s-early 1990s.

7. He was kept in the dark about the cause of his father’s death until college

Although his mother told him his father died in a car accident when the rapper was 3, he looked up his father on library microfilm while enrolled at Howard and read that he had actually been murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. He spoke about the incident while addressing Howard graduates.

8. He supports education initiatives

He has invested in Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School, set to open in Fall 2016, and says “Creating this school is a dream come true for me. I want to impact the lives of young people in my community, and build future leaders.”

9. He makes a great Halloween costume

TODAY anchor Al Roker dressed up as Puff Daddy for Halloween in 2014 in a full white suit and hat. Though he was a little overshadowed by Matt Lauer as J.Lo in her cleavage-baring, physics-defying green-and-blue gown.


10. His party invites are 'high-concept'

On “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” Jimmy recalled how he once received a high-tech invite to one of Puff Daddy’s famous parties. The invite played a recording of the musician’s voice which warned the recipient to write down the address and information before the message self-destructed, “Mission Impossible” style, after a short amount of time. Which it did. “I’m very high-concept,” Puff Daddy agreed.

His famous July 4 White Party in the Hamptons invites hundreds of guests, all of whom are required to wear all-white clothing. In 2004, he borrowed an original Declaration of Independence from TV producer Norman Lear, and three security guards watched over it all night.

11. Even his sons' birthday parties are epic

Two of his sons’ birthday parties have been filmed for MTV reality show “My Super Sweet 16.” Son Justin received a $360,000 Maybach, complete with chauffeur, and son Quincy received two cars, a Range Rover and a classic Lincoln Continental. Justin also received a bank account with $10,000 in it, which he donated to Haitian earthquake relief.

12. He honors Dr. King in his own way

His fragrance I Am King is dedicated to Martin Luther King, Muhammed Ali, and Barack Obama, “strong, intelligent black men, without you, I wouldn’t be here.”

13. Some products are too ruff for him to endorse

Although he has many product lines, from clothing to cologne, there’s one item that’s just too doggone far: “I wouldn’t do dog food,” he told ABC News. But candles, now that’s an endorsement that created more than a flicker of interest. “I would do candles. I love candles. I would do jewelry that fits. I would do hotels. Whatever was in the realm of entertainment or lifestyle, or curator of cool, that's what I do.”

14. He’s an Oscar winner. Or is he?

He served as executive producer on the 2012 documentary “Undefeated,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature. “Undefeated” followed the games, and lives, of the 2009 Manassas Tigers' football team, as their committed coach tries to help the impoverished school win the first playoff game in its 110-year history.

But some say that Diddy himself didn’t win the Oscar, so he’s not actually halfway to an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Winner), despite having two Grammys. “T.J. [Martin] and Daniel [Lindsay], the directors of the film, they’re technically the winners,” Puff Daddy said on TODAY. “I’m like the Martin Scorsese Jr. Executive Producer.”

15. That's not his only film role...

One of our favorite movie appearances was his classic cameo on “Muppets Most Wanted” where he’s seen gambling with Muppet Pepe the King Prawn. “He’s charismatic, he’s kinda wild,” he said of his Muppet co-star.

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Sean Combs in "Muppets Most Wanted."

16. He believes in going out on top

Hooray for Hollywood! Puff Daddy told Cigar Aficionado magazine that "No Way Out 2" will be his final album, and he will now concentrate on acting.

"I'm going to put out my last album and devote 100 percent of my time to doing films," he told the magazine, according to People. "I want to stop at a great place, And a final album is a great place to stop. I want to take a victory lap, to do a world tour and really enjoy it once last time."