Back before he was the rapper known as Diddy, Sean "Puffy" Combs was a humble unpaid intern at Uptown Records. His ambition saw him rise to A&R executive, where he signed Jodeci and Mary J Blige (among others) to the label, but differences with management led him to be fired in 1993. Combs had an ace up his sleeve, however – a rapper by the name of Biggie Smalls, for whom Combs set up Bad Boy Entertainment to release his now quadruple platinum debut album Ready to Die in 1994.
Rosie Swash is a senior national news editor for the Guardian. She is deputy editor of the Guardian's Rights and Freedom series