Puff Daddy Announces Bad Boy Records Reunion For Notorious B.I.G. Birthday
Puff Daddy will reunite with his Bad Boy Records family for “One Night Only” at the Barclay Center on May 20. The day marks Notorious B.I.G.’s 44th birthday.
“This isn’t just another hip-hop concert,” said Puff Daddy in a statement, “This is hip-hop history. The Bad Boy Family includes some of the biggest names in music and songs that helped define a whole generation of music. Also, we are celebrating one of the greatest of all time – Notorious B.IG. This will be a night to remember. I can’t wait to see you all there.”
With the promised names for the show, his statement is no exaggeration. The hip-hop label’s biggest artists promise to be there, including Mase, Faith Evans, Lil Kim, the Lox, Total, 112, French Montana and Mario Winans, along with guest appearances from Mary J. Blige and Jay Z. The music will feature over 20 years of music history and an overall celebration of Notorious B.I.G., who was murdered in 1997 at the age of 24. Brooklyn, where Barclays is located, is Biggie’s hometown borough, which he often references in his music.
Evans, the B.I.G. widow, had hinted at a possible Bad Boy reunion concert just recently, and also revealed that a hologram of the rapper could take part in the performance. It’s unclear if she was referring to this particular one. Representatives from Hologram USA confirmed that a Biggie hologram is “in development” but did not comment on whether it will be ready by May. Evans is working on an album of posthumous duets with her late husband.
Lil Kim recently put out a new mixtape which included a track to commemorate the anniversary of Biggie’s death.
“When we were in our prime back in the day,” Lil Kim told EW, “When Bad Boy were moving around, we were changing music.”
Tickets for the reunion concert go on sale on April 2 at 11a.m. at Live Nation.