If you thought you knew everything about Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, think again. New York University’s Clive Davis Institute is offering an entire course on the rapper-turned-mogul-turned-rapper-again-turned-TV-aficionado. Do you now understand why an entire class needs to be taught.
The class will be taught by Jayson Jackson, according to The Stashed, who was the former Vice President of Marketing and Promotions at Bad Boy. Why the class?
No single personality dominated the landscape of urban mainstream popular culture in the 1990s (and since) more than producer, rapper and entrepreneur Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs. By 2014, hip-hop and black culture have become globally mainstream; the immense popularity that hip-hop enjoys today is directly rooted in the profound cultural changes that Combs and his peers instigated. Combs emerged from his humble professional beginnings in the early 1990s as an A&R man at Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records to fashion himself as a profoundly versatile and wildly successful performer, actor, reality-TV star, producer, songwriter, fashion and restaurant entrepreneur and philanthropist. His current net worth estimated at $650 million makes him the richest man in hip-hop and one of the wealthiest artists in the history of popular music. He is a multiple Grammy-winner and won an Oscar in 2012 for his work as a film producer.