Back in March 2001, Puff Daddy decided that he needed to make a change in his life. It had been less than a month since he’d been found not guilty on gun possession and bribery charges stemming from the infamous Club New York shooting in 1999. And he wanted to experience a rebirth of sorts when it came to his career. So he did an interview with MTV News and announced that he would no longer be going by the name Puff Daddy.
“No more Puff Daddy,” he said. “The first week in June, we’re going to have a name-change ceremony. I’m not doing it as serious as Prince. I just want something fresh. I’m rocking with P Diddy now.”
In August 2005, he changed his name again, shortening P Diddy to “Diddy,” and he’s been rocking with it ever since. But earlier this week, in a trailer for his new song, “Big Homie,” Diddy revealed that he was going to make his old name new again. So effective immediately, he will be going back to the name Puff Daddy.
In honor of Puff Daddy’s triumphant return after more than a decade, here are 25 ways the world was different the last time Diddy went by the name Puff Daddy. Welcome back, Puff!