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Rapper Combs drops 'Puffy' for 'P Diddy' as nickname

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Combs says he's not blowing smoke — he's getting rid of his much played-upon "Puffy" moniker.

The rap mogul, who was acquitted earlier this month of bribery and weapons charges, told MTV News on Wednesday that he's dumping the nickname when he comes out with a new album.

"I'm not doing it as serious as Prince. I'm not just going to be crazy with it," he said. "I just need a fresh start. That's all."

So what will be his new rap name? Actually, he said he will just take one of his other nicknames — P. Diddy.