Rap mogul DIDDY's flamboyant lifestyle is based on that of his hero, boxing great Jack Johnson, who used to live it up in the face of extreme racial tension.
The BAD BOY FOR LIFE hitmaker, actor, designer and entrepreneur admits the Galveston Giant, who became the first black heavyweight boxing champion in 1908, is his inspiration for his jet-setting life.
Diddy, real name Sean Combs, tells hip-hop magazine The Source, "I'm the return of Jack Johnson. His whole swagger, personality, the way he whupped yo ass, it's the dress, the style, the cars and the money...
"This man would rent whole trains, get six or seven women, take them away for six months and rent out the top floor of hotels... (at) a time when they were lynching n**as."