The death of his father, Melvin Combs, has always been a pretty touchy subject for Diddy. But surprisingly, in a video for Revolt TV, the hip hop mogul opened up about missing his dad and how his murder drastically altered his life.
On missing his father, despite not having many memories of him:
“My father was killed when I was 3-years-old. I don’t have a lot of memories of my father. They say you can’t miss something you never had. That’s only a little ways right. There’s definitely been times as I’ve gotten older that I’ve missed my father and his presence not being there to have someone to ask manly advice and just things that you would ask your father. Also things that you would celebrate with him that would make him proud.”
On his dad being a drug dealer:
“My father was a hustler. He was a drug dealer. He was a hustler. So I learned early in life there’s only two ways out of that, dead or in jail. It made me work even harder.”
On how his father impacts him, even in death:
“Sometimes you can’t just ask why things happen, but I definitely think the route that I went on staying out the streets and hitting my books and trying to be somebody, I think he played a role in that. I think that even if we don’t know our parents, we still have their DNA in us. We have their genes. I have his hustler mentality, his hustler spirit, his drive, his determination. His swag. He’s gonna be on my mind a lot today. My father’s name was Melvin Combs and I’m Melvin’s son, Sean Combs.”
Watch the video on page two.