Re-Making the Brand: P Diddy Becomes Sean John
You've got to love hip-hop moguls...one brand is never enough!
Pop has always been full of chameleons: artists who constantly reinvent themselves to keep us guessing (we guess). Examples include Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Madonna, David Bowie, Beck and McFly.
Desperately seeking entry into this prestigious club is a certain rapper and producer named Sean Combs, who has previously assumed the guises of Puff Daddy, Puff, Puffy, Diddy and - in a burst of linguistic cunning reminiscent of TS Eliot - P Diddy.
And the reinvention continues with an announcement - sure to cause as much of a furore as Dylan going electric - that he is changing his nom de plume yet again, this time to Sean John. This particular name change is very much a back-to-basics transformation for Combs as Sean and John are his first and middle given names.
The maverick hip-hop mogul has used this alias for his clothing line and is now using it for his latest fragrance. "I have always evolved and taken a different name each time," P Diddy/Sean John is quoted as saying in the Sun. "Right now I want to be Sean John because that's where I am right now."