Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969), also known by his various stage names Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy, and Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. Combs was born in New York City but raised in Mount Vernon, New York. He worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding his own label, Bad Boy Entertainment, in 1993. His debut album, No Way Out (1997) has been certified seven times platinum and was followed by successful albums such as Forever (1999), The Saga Continues. . . (2001) and Press Play (2006). In 2009, Combs formed the musical group Diddy – Dirty Money and released the critically well-reviewed and commercially successful album Last Train to Paris (2010).