After revealing a rather intense trailer for his forthcoming single Big Homie featuring Rick Ross and French Montana, Diddy made a surprising announcement.
The hip –hop mogul has decided a change in his moniker is a must but it won’t be a new name. Instead the 44 – year – old is reverting back to his original name, Puff Daddy.
In the trailer, each star on the single are introduced. However, Diddy’s name flickers as ‘Puff Daddy’, revealing the moniker that he rose to fame with in the 90’s when he worked alongside with the late Notorious B.I.G.
Regardless of being known as P. Diddy and then Diddy for almost 10 years, the rapper turned businessman, told his Twitter followers last night that he hasn’t officially changed his name: “For the record, I did not change my name. I always have been and always will be PUFF DADDY! 🙂 Be cool Man lol #MMM #BigHomie RT!!!!”
He then played with the idea of changing the moniker again, tweeting to his fans: “#DIDDYORDADDY???”
Back in 2001, the rapper abandoned the Puff Daddy alias for ‘P.Diddy’ as to a fresh start after being cleared of gun possession following a shooting at a New York nightclub in 1999.
Speaking to MTV News at the time, he said: “No more Puff Daddy – 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.
He added: “I’m rocking with P Diddy just now.”
Big Homie will be released on March 31. His new upcoming solo album MMM will follow although a release date is yet to be announced. It will be Puff’s first album since his 2006 album Press Play and his collaborative Diddy Dirty Money album, Last Train To Paris in 2010.