Music mogul and renaissance man Sean “Diddy” Combs was recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
Combs, who was hailed by the magazine as a “Builder & Titan,” was bestowed the honor for his contributions in taking the Hip-Hop urban culture mainstream in the areas of music and fashion.
The multimedia magnate, who was described as a “force of nature,” joins an illustrious list of politicians, scholars and celebrities that have been honored by the magazine for “shaping the world.”
Others on the list include President George W. Bush, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Daddy Yankee.
“I ain’t going to lie. I feel like a kid that just came home with a good report card,” Combs told AllHipHop.com. “I’m truly blessed.”
Perhaps the first hugely successful music industry executive to successfully jump midstream into an even more hugely successful career as an artist, Diddy is described by Time as a “force of nature.”
A strong social advocate, Diddy was also commended for his educational initiatives for inner-city youth through his Daddy’s House Social Programs and the largely popular voter registration drive, Citizen Change’s “Vote or Die!” campaign.
The mark of distinction highlights an already successful year for Combs.
In February, Diddy released his Unforgivable fragrance, which has gone on to become the top-selling fragrance in the US reportedly generating sales between $1.3 and $1.5 million per week.
Combs is currently in the studio recording his forthcoming untitled LP.