Revolt TV Chairman Sean Combs debuted his documentary Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story as part of The Tribeca Film Festival Thursday night at New York's Beacon Theater, and all the industry kings and queens were in attendance: black excellence at its zenith.
Puff Daddy and many of the major players from his Bad Boy Dynasty - Mase, Lil Kim, Faith Evans, Carl Thomas - walked the red carpet, taking group photos. Bad Boy's latest cornerstone player French Montana was also on hand. Naomi Campbell, Fabolous, Remy Ma and Papoose, Nick Cannon, Clive Davis, Fab Five Freddy, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz and Cassie were among Puff's friends who attended the event.
The film (directed by Daniel Kaufman) garnered laughs and cheers from the crowd, as Diddy and close loved ones such as Uptown Records Founder Andre Harrell, Mary J. Blige, Nas and Jay Z told the story of his against-all-odds rise as he relentlessly built his label Bad Boy Records - and one of the richest business and musical legacies ever. The film will be available on Apple Music on June 25, 2017.
The backdrop for the documentary is last spring's pair of Bad Boy Reunion shows that took place at the Barclays Center on May 20 and 21st (Notorious B.I.G.'s birthday). We see the angst and exuberance of bringing the all the principles in the Bad Boy family back together for these monumental concerts. Famed choreographer Laurianne Gibson worked as Puff's sergeant-at-arms and was heavily involved with the shows' production. Spoiler alert, the concerts were so successful that they spawned a sold-out summer tour. Maybe we'll get a sequel?
After the documentary, Lil Kim, Carl Thomas, Faith Evans, Mase, and Puff took to the stage for a mini concert.
Kim The Queen Bee brought the thunder and lightning from the onset with "Quiet Storm," spitting her classic bars from one of the best guest spot verses ever. "Queen Bitch" and "Get Money" followed, causing eruption from the audience.
As Kim walked off, she high-fived Faith Evans who was walking on the stage. Bad Boy's First Lady brought her powerful vocals for "I Remember" and "Love Like This" keeping the crowd on their feet. Carl Thomas slowed down the tempo down with "I Wish," but the soul maestro was just as effective.
Thomas made way for Diddy. The lights went low and the legendary renaissance man gave the audience a tease of "Victory." Then the beat dropped from "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down." Mase came on stage and was showered with adoration. The Harlem lyricist then went into "Feels So Good," with Lil Kim returning after for "All About The Benjamins."
"I'm from New York muthafucka," Diddy said. "This is where dreams come true. We can do anything. We all started off as young men and women with a dream. We could have done it separately, but we do it together. That's what made us the Bad Boy family."
Puff Daddy and The Family's grand finale was "Mo Money, Mo Problems" with a salute to the Notorious B.I.G.