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Puff Daddy & The Family Honor Bad Boy And Biggie With The Greatest Show On Earth

"It's a celebration"

Bad Boy Entertainment

"Ain’t nothing shine brighter than that Bad Boy…"

NEW YORK, NY — In 1983, at the suggestion of his most trusted go-to, Suzanne de Passe, Detroit-bred impresario and Motown founder Barry Gordy, Jr. agreed to go forward with plans of a reunion show commemorating the silver anniversary of Motown Records — a vibrant force that hosted the sound of young America. It was to be called "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever" and on May 16, 1983, much of that was presented to the world via a two-hour special that saw history occur via performances by Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Jackson 5, and Marvin Gaye to name a few. More than a reunion, the show contextualized Motown’s cultural impact and the perennial sound that would travel through subsequent generations. Over three decades to that date, a similar occurrence took place in the heart of Brooklyn, as Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs — the successor to Gordy for this generation — recognized the remarkable streak of his own Bad Boy Entertainment, one of the biggest labels in the history of pop music, with a sold-out, star-studded, and spectacular celebration at the Barclays Center.

Before the lights went out at the strike of 9:30 p.m. on Friday night (May 20), the words "Yesterday" and "Today" quickly faded into the thick fog that pervaded the 19,000-seat arena. It was all about one word and one word only: "Forever." In addition to honoring the label's 20-year reign and embodiment of the classic mantras "Can't stop won't stop," "As we proceed to give you what you need," and "Years from now we'll still be on top," the star-studded affair, which featured surprise appearances from the likes of Jay Z, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, Usher, Rick Ross, and Ty Dolla $ign, played tribute to the man responsible for putting Bad Boy on his back and laying down the foundation: Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace. So, quite fittingly, opening the night was track two from 1997's No Way Out, "Victory."

“Let’s do this for Biggie,” announced Puff, as the sold-out house chanted “Bad Boy” in unison as pyrotechnics lit up the arena. Not before long, he summarized the evening with the follow-up line: "The sun don't shine forever, but as long as it's here then we might as well shine together." Hitting the stage donning black and gold attire, all while Biggie's gruff, bottomless voice rhyming the classic verse echoed through the arena, Puff then segued into a pre-warmer of melodies that included "Finna Get Loose" and "I Get Money." Not before long, he was joined by Ma$e for "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" and "Been Around the World" (including the remix).

"You waited a long time and we here. It’s been 20 years of hits and at midnight it’ll be the Notorious B.I.G.’s 44th birthday," he gleefully declared. "The greatest rapper of all time is from Brooklyn, so we came here to celebrate y’all."

Not before long, the R&B quartet of Daron Jones, Q, Slim, and Michael, better known as 112 hit the stage and rocked the crowd with "It's Over Now" and "Dance With Me." The party later continued with Total, The Lox, Carl Thomas, and Faith Evans. Among the aforementioned stars, songs like "Trippin'," "Last Days," "Summer Rain" and "Soon As I Get Home" were performed. French Montana later hit the stage, surprising the crowd with Rick Ross, who went into "Stay Schemin" and "Pop That." While backstage, Ross would tell REVOLT, "This not even a concert. This is the Bad Boy Reunion. The biggest empire in the rap game."

As the word "biggest" continued to reflect everything taking place on that stage, Jay Z arrived.

Stepping in after Puff Daddy's "Angels," Hov delivered "Where I'm From" before following up with "Public Service Announcement." If that didn't send the crowd into a frenzy, then when Nas immediately hit the stage after, busting out an insane, full-length mink opposite of Puff, while going into "Hate Me Now" — nothing was the same, or so we thought. Leading the crowd into a ruckus, birthday boy Busta Rhymes quickly hit the stage, performing "Pass The Cîroc" and "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See," before Lil Kim came out and shut down the entire arena with a set that started off with "Quiet Storm," as well as "No Time" and the gully "Queen Bitch."

Despite all these surprises, the night was still far from over. Later, Ma$e rocked the house with Harlem World classics "Feel So Good" and "Tell Me What You Want," before 112 returned for "Cupid," including sets from Mario Winans ("I Don't Wanna Know") and Cassie ("Me & U"). Later, following a surprise from Usher, who jumped into "You Don't Have To Call" and "I Need A Girl," the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige eclipsed the momentum with a rousing medley that sent nothing but euphoria throughout the elated audience. "I was asking God for a miracle and this is what God sent me," said Puff as Mary came out to stun the house with "Real Love," "Be Happy," "Love Without A Limit" and "I'm Going Down."

One of the biggest highlights of the night arrived during the Biggie tribute, which instead of the rumored hologram, featured the music videos of "Warning," "Juicy" and "One More Chance" as the subjects, thus anchoring a fitting and warm moment of remembrance. A hologram couldn't have elicited the same energy as what was bestowed through these visuals. Carrying on this moment of celebration, Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, 112, a church choir and the entire Bad Boy Family later shared the stage to close things out with "I'll Be Missing You."

"We here to celebrate life," noted Puff as confetti and balloons showered the arena from the rafters. "It's a celebration." History, that's more like it.

Bad Boy Reunion Show Set List

Puff Daddy

"Victory" (Featuring Busta Rhymes)

"Mo Money, Mo Problems"

"Finna Get Loose"

"Bad Boy For Life"

"I Get Money (Remix)"

"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" (w/ Ma$e)

"Been Around The World" (w/ Ma$e)

112

"It's Over Now"

"Dance With Me"

Total

"Trippin'"

"No One Else"

"Kissing You"

The Lox

"We Gon' Make It"

"Good Times"

"Wild Out"

Carl Thomas

"Emotional"

"Summer Rain"

"I Wish"

Faith Evans

"No Other Love"

"I Love You"

"You Gets No Love"

"You Used To Love Me"

"Soon As I Get Home"

French Montana

"Hot Ni--a"

"Ain't Worried 'Bout Nothin'"

"Ocho Cinco"

"Off the Rip" (w/ Puff Daddy)

"Stay Schemin'" (w/ Rick Ross)

"Pop That" (w/ Rick Ross)

Puff Daddy

"Angels"

Jay Z

"Where I'm From"

"PSA"

Nas

"Hate Me Now" (w/ Puff Daddy)

"Made You Look"

Busta Rhymes

"Pass the Cîroc" (w/ Puff Daddy"

"Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" (w/ Spliff Star)

Lil Kim

"Quiet Storm"

"Big Momma Thang"

"No Time" (w/ Puff Daddy)

"Lighters Up"

"Queen Bi--h"

Ma$e

"Feel So Good"

"What You Want"

112

"Cupid"

Mario Winans

"I Don't Wanna Know"

Cassie

"Me & U"

Usher

"U Don't Have To Call"

"I Need A Girl Pt. 1" (w/ Puff Daddy)

"I Need A Girl Pt. 2" (w/ Puff Daddy)

"Bad Girl"

Puff Daddy

"Hypnotize"

"You Could Be My Lover"

Mary J. Blige

"Real Love"

"Be Happy"

"Love Without A Limit"

"I'm Going Down"

Biggie Tribute

"Warning" (w/ Puff Daddy)

"Juicy"

"One More Chance"

"Only U" (w/ 112)

Total

"Can't You See"

Black Rob

"Whoa"

Lil Cease

"Players Anthem"

Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, The Lox

"All About the Benjamin's"

"Get Money (Remix)"

Puff Daddy

"Mo Money, Mo Problems"

"I'll Be Missing You" (w/ Faith Evans & 112)

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