By Yemi Abiade
Sean John Combs. A man who is more than 20 years deep in hip-hop and whose imprint on the game is undeniable. An unstoppable force who had a hand in shaping arguably the greatest rapper of all time and used his business savvy mind to become one of the richest people in the field. The Bad Boy label head and all-round trend setter has been through it all and after last year’s ‘MMM’ mixtape, his relevancy in the scene remains intact.
But on top of all this, the man known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy or, simply, Diddy, also taught us a thing or two about how to bust a move on the dancefloor. Along with some of the most lavish music videos of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Puffy introduced a wave of revolutionary dance moves that stole the show and with which one has gotten jiggy on many occasions. The man clearly has many talents, but his dance skills are an often slept-on aspect of his wide repertoire and, we here at Viper, feel the need to shine light on them.
As a result, here is a selection of the best videos which involved Diddy’s dance moves, celebrating his prowess in the best way possible. Prepare to be amazed.
5. Puff Daddy ft. Ma$e – Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down
Alongside his player-partner Ma$e, Puff Daddy created visuals in the late 1990s which had flash as well as substance, and their substance were greatly improved by his unrivalled dances.
It is around the 2:40 mark of the video where the moves come in, as Diddy enters a zone all on his own with a mean head bop, hand waving and clapping. Fairly straightforward moves, but the brainchild of Bad Boy Records adds technique and flair, making the moves his own effortlessly. A steady foundation for the more daring dance moves to come from Mr. Combs.
4. Puff Daddy ft. The Notorious B.I.G. & Ma$e – Been Around The World
Never has anyone rode the rhythm in the middle of the desert with more finesse than Diddy and Ma$e. This is a man who focuses much of his moves on his hands but varies so much with what he does that not one move gets old.
Later in the video, flossed out in gold, Combs rides into a signature 360 degree turn, a move so fire that even Jennifer Lopez (a mean dancer herself) was impressed enough to give him a co-sign! If there’s only one thing to take from this visual, its that Puffy and Murda Ma$e were a fantastic dancing duo.
3. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Puff Daddy & Ma$e – Mo Money, Mo Problems
I thought I told you that he won’t stop. Puffy certainly does not stop on what is arguably his most iconic song and video, Mo Money Mo Problems and, if anything, his dance moves are taken up a notch. As he glides through his verse he gyrates side to side before a near crotch-grab reminiscent of Michael Jackson or James Brown.
But with The Notorious B.I.G.’s verse, Diddy is on another level, leaving you speechless around the 3:57 mark in the visual with a combination of moves that can only be described as glorious. The flawlessness and ease with which he struts his stuff is perhaps the most commendable thing about it, apart from the dance moves themselves of course.
2. Puff Daddy ft. Mase & Carl Thomas – Been Around The World (Remix)
This is probably the most impressive video involving a P. Diddy dance session on this list. Not only because of his amazing side steps and leg shakes, but also because he is fully in sync with collaborators Ma$e and Carl Thomas. All three men rub off each other greatly, but Puffy continues to steal the show, turning up in a big way.
The footwork is phenomenal, whilst the 360-degree twirl is as on point as ever before and, being resourceful as ever, Puffy makes room for new moves such as those on the 0:30 second mark. Look at the technique! Simply brilliant.
1. P. Diddy ft. Pharrell – Diddy
The list would not be complete without the inclusion of this legendary video. Diddy is in his element once again with his name shining in big bold letters behind him. In the Pharrell-assisted visual, Combs dances without a care in the world, fully comfortable in his own skin and stunting like no other.
In one fell swoop he dons a top-hat and waist coat reminiscent of Fred Astaire in his heyday, and later leads an Adidas-draped dance crew with some nimble steps that would have won any contest in You Got Served. Shout out to Fonzworth Bentley also for some killer moves towards the end.
So there you have it. A definitive dance lesson by one of the game’s legends. Sean Combs, for your dance moves, we salute you.
Words by Yemi Abiade.