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Puffy's Gaye Pride

The record that changed his life

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Sean ”Puffy” Combs (a.k.a. Puff Daddy) knows a thing or two about classic pop and R&B. He’d better, considering his penchant for making new hits by liberally sampling old ones. Perhaps the seeds of his future career were planted on that long-ago day when young Sean got his first listen to Marvin Gaye’s 1971 masterpiece What’s Going On.

”I remember hearing the album when I was about 7 years old. My mother was playing it while I was doing chores, cleaning up the house, one weekend. She just played it over and over and over again. It was just so beautiful. It made me understand that music was beautiful. I picked up on the messages, what he was talking about, too. I would have loved to work with Marvin Gaye … Would I ever sample Marvin Gaye? Sure. I’ll sample anything I like. I don’t care what the critics say.”

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