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Diddy Opens Up About Father's Drug Dealer Past

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DIDDY REVOLT TV
CORRECTS DATE TO JULY 26 - Sean "Diddy" Combs of the new network Revolt TV addresses reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday July 26, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) | AP

Diddy gave fans a rare glimpse into his personal life with his latest Revolt TV segment.

The music mogul (who recently launched the music TV project) used the platform on Wednesday to publicly discuss his late father, Melvin Combs -- who was shot and killed at 33 -- for the first time.

Diddy taped the segment, "Confessions" in his apartment, explaining that while he barely knew his father, he still had a profound influence on him.

"They say you can't miss something you never had, but that's only a little ways right. There's definitely been times as I've gotten older that I've missed my father -- his presence -- not being here ... There's things that you would ask your father. There's also things that you would celebrate with him that would make him proud."

The 43-year-old hopes his moving story inspires others who've experienced loss.

The entrepreneur was honest about his father's career. He credits those experiences as motivation for him to do something positive with his own life.

"I have his hustler's mentality, his hustler's spirit, his drive, his determination, his swag."

That determination clearly paid off for the Bad Boy Records CEO.

"My father was a hustler. He was a drug dealer and he was a hustler, so I learned early in life that there's only two ways out of that dead-end jail. It made me work even harder ... Sometimes you can't just answer why things happen, but I definitely think the route that I went on -- staying out of the streets and hitting my books and trying to be somebody - I think he played a role in that."

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