Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour Sept. 1
Bad Boy Entertainment aka Bad Boy Records was founded in 1993 by Sean Combs, better known as Puff Daddy, and later as P. Diddy. Combs began as an intern at Uptown Records, then moved up to Artists & Repertoire executive (A&R) before being fired in 1993. Shortly after his dismissal at Uptown, Bad Boy Records was born & the label released its first single “Flava In Ya Ear” & full album Project: Funk Da World by Craig Mack. The album sold enough copies to reach gold status, but what really put Bad Boy on the map was the subsequent release of Ready to Die, from Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) which went multi-platinum in 1995. The success of Ready to Die made Biggie one of the biggest names in the hip-hop genre & the premier star of Bad Boy. Later in 1995, the label continued its hot streak with platinum releases by Faith Evans & Total, and boasted an assortment of in-house writers/producers who played a part in several of Bad Boy’s highlighted releases at the time.
In 1993, the rap/hip-hop genre was dominated by Death Row Records out of Los Angeles. When Notorious B.I.G. & Bad Boy Records quickly rose to prominence & compete with Death Row, tensions also grew. Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row accused one of Puff Daddy’s bodyguards for the shooting death of his friend. Then after Death Row signed superstar Tupac Shakur, tensions escalated further when he was robbed & shot multiple times in the lobby of a recording studio and suspected that members of the Bad Boy family were responsible. Both labels went back & forth with accusations & retaliation which lead to the ultimate demise of both Tupac & Notorious B.I.G.
The album Life After Death reached number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart while the first 2 singles (Hypnotize & Mo Money, Mo Problems) topped the singles charts. The album went on to sell over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone & is one of the best selling rap records in history. In 1996, Puff Daddy began recording his debut solo album No Way Out and its first single “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” peaked at number one on the rap, R&B and pop charts that spring. After the death of Notorious B.I.G., the label rush-released the tribute song “I’ll Be Missing You” which featured Faith Evans, Biggie’s widow, along with the R&B singing group 112. The single stayed at number one on the charts for eleven weeks and became the second hit single off Puff Daddy’s album which sold 7 million copies. Bad Boy’s newest protege Mase was brought in to fill the void that was left after the death of Biggie. His debut album Harlem World would go on to sell 4x platinum, making the last 3 releases from Bad Boy huge successes & catapulting the label to its peak by the end of 1997.
The Bad Boy Family Reunion tour features the labels best selling artists: Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, Lil Kim, Mase, 112, Carl Thomas, The Lox & French Montana. The show was originally set to stop at the United Center on August 27 but was rescheduled to September 1 after Puff Daddy announced he needed a week to recover from a shoulder injury. With a lineup like this, you can bet there will be a tribute for Notorious B.I.G who has been Bad Boy’s best selling artist, along with medleys of the biggest hit songs performed by the labels top acts. This show will have nostalgic value for anyone who used to listen to any of the Bad Boy Family back in the 90’s, and the younger crowd born after Bad Boy’s decline. Get your seats from Gold Coast Tickets by clicking here.