Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, a young man from New York City successfully established a label called Bad Boy Records where several artists were able to live out their dreams and record music that left a lasting impression on the music world. Bad Boy became one of the most popular urban labels in the entertainment industry in the 90s. Now, the Bad Boy Family has reunited for the Bad Boy Reunion Tour.
Earlier this year, the reunion tour were at the Barclays Center for a two-night concert, but Puffy took it up a notch with this tour, which officially kicked off recently and stopped by Madison Square Garden on Sunday, September 4th, which was a special event added to the Labor Day Weekend festivities! This show gave New York City natives and the Tri-state area another opportunity to see the Bad Boy clan once more!
The concert was quite emotional for Puffy, also known as the ringmaster behind this operation. It was the seventh time he has performed at the Garden, and NYC, his hometown. Before the show began, Puffy paid homage to God, his family, and the Bad Boy family for all of the great records that were recorded throughout the years.
Then it was time to party, and it was lit! Puffy performed some of his earlier hits with Mase and the late Notorious B.I.G such as “Victory,” “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” “Been Around the World,” and “Feels So Good.” Then, the rest of the family stepped on stage: 112, Total, Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, French Montana, Mase, The Lox, and Queen Bee, Lil’ Kim. Diddy even brought out surprise guest Kanye West.
As each artist completed their set, the crowd went ballistic and were getting out of their seats. They were chanting their names, especially for the R&B artists including Total, Faith, 112, and Carl Thomas. Each R&B artist performed their classics that we still jam to in 2016 including, “Love Like This,” “I Wish,” “Dance with Me,” or “Can’t You See.”
The Lox, Lil’ Kim, and French Montana kept the momentum going with their hits, so there were no sitters at this concert. Lil’ Kim reminded us ladies in the audience not to shun away from sex appeal and to be hardcore when she performed “No Time,” “Queen B****,” “Lighters Up,” and “Big Momma Thang.”
However, the concert wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t pay homage to one of the most eminent MCs of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. They performed “I’ll Be Missing You” and performed more of his records as a way to let fans know he still leaves a valuable mark to Bad Boy and hip-hop. The Bad Boy family ended the concert with “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.”
For one night, NYC natives relived their adolescent and childhood years. Over twenty years later, fans can sing still their songs for word, hook by hook, and verse by verse. Fans just wanted to hear even more hits, but many songs weren’t performed: you can only do but so much in a three-hour show!
Overall, the Bad Boy Reunion was a blast; it was satisfying to see all your Bad Boy faves still doing their thing! A true throwback to all those hits we loved back in the day. Highly recommended!
Peep some photos for the concert below! (Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)