The Cavalcade That Was Bad Boy Records
In light of the news that Puff has signed a distribution deal with Interscope Records for the “new” Bad Boy that is focusing on “superstars”, I thought it would be fitting to take a look down memory lane.
Okay, most people know and will admit that Bad Boy ran things from 1993-1998. The best year arguably being 1997. The summer of 1995 was great for them also, but between 1993-1998, the artists signed to Bad Boy and released albums/videos include, but are not limited to:
These are basically my high school years, and obviously some of the greatest memories in life. Most people aged 25-35 can pretty much agree. Here are some of the highlights from each:
Craig Mack – “Flava In Ya Ear” (1994):
“And just like a piece of Sizzleannnnnnn… you’ll fit inside my stomach with the eggs and grits between”
“You won’t be around next year my raps too severe kickin’ mad Flava In Ya Ear…”
Craig Mack – “Get Down” (1994):
“And-and… turn up the bass a lil bit, cause you know I wanna hear that… boompsh… boompsh… knowimsayin???”
Craig Mack – “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” (1995):
“Don’t be mad… UPS is hirin’…”
“Not from Houston, but I Rap-A-Lot…”
Faith Evans – “Soon As I Get Home” (1995)
This was that joint.
Faith Evans – “You Used To Love Me” (1995)
For some Emo-esque reason, I loved this song. I always like to think these women are singing to me ha.
Faith Evans – “Ain’t Nobody” (1996)
Lovely song. If you’re mushy.
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy” (1994)
SET IT OFF. Summer jam ’94.
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Warning” (1995)
“It’s gunna be a lotta slow singin’… and flower bringin’… if… my burglar alarm starts ringin’…”
The Notorious B.I.G. – “One More Chance (Remix)” (1995)
This was that JAM in ’95, along with Can’t U See, right behind it. BTW, what did Faith look like in that bed ha?
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Big Poppa” (1995)
The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize (1997)
I nearly shed a tear when this first came on, because it still didn’t seem real that BIG was gone.
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” (1997)
I was beginning to not like Puff at this time, but it was still a great song. With great spoken (out of breath) words from BIG.
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Sky’s The Limit” (1998)
“I’m sewin’ tigers on my shirts… and alligators… you wanna see the inside ha? I see ya later!”
Total – “No One Else” (1995)
Total – “Can’t U See” (1995)
I still do that dance that Puff was doing whenever this song comes on. Back when I still danced. I ain’t got time for that anymore. Except in rare occasions.
Total – “Kissin’ You” (1996)
Total – “No One Else (Remix)” (1996)
Total – “Kissin’ You (Remix)” (1996)
Who DIDN’T like this song/sample?
112 – “Only You” (1996)
This was the joint that set it off for Mase and 112, and showed why Biggie pretty much ran things from the time he got on until those fags popped him.
112 – “Cupid” (1997)
When you’re graduating high school and chicks abound, this was your joint.
112 – “Come See Me” (1997)
E-Double on the 16.
Puff Daddy – “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” (1996)
We all loved this joint. Mase was relatively unknown except to C.O.C. fans (and his style was changed, so most still didn’t know).
Puff Daddy – “Been Around The World” (1997)
Hot97 played this song to DEATH that summer. That was the best summer ever to be in NYC, BTW.
Puff Daddy – “It’s All About The Benjamins (Remix)” (1997)
Guaranteed to get the crowd jumpin’.
Puff Daddy – “Victory” (1997)
Biggie KILT… not killed, but KILT this.
I wish Big had been around to make this video. “Brawl nights, I perform like Mike, anyone, Tyson, Jordan Jackson” had me put that joint on repeat at least 10 times when I first heard it. This video is over-kill, though.
Puff Daddy – “I’ll Be Missing You” (1998)
The further out we get from that tragedy, the more I hate this song and look at Puff even more crooked than I ever did.
The Lox – “If Ya Think I’m Jiggy” (1998)
Not the Lox real style, but since Puff mandated it, it worked.
The Lox – “Money, Power & Respect” (1998)
Underrated album by the Lox.
The Lox ‘ “We’ll Always Love Big Poppa” (1998)
If you were caught up in the emotion back then, that’s one thing. Again, the more we get away from March 9, 1997, the more these tribute songs leave me feeling hollow.
Faith Evans – “All Night Long” (1998)
Faith with the upbeat/hopeful lyrics, being a change-of-pace from the slit-your-wrist (but 15 tracks of goodness, IMO) stuff on her debut.
Faith Evans “Can’t Believe” (1998)
This was my knock in my whip back then.
Faith Evans – “Love Like This” (1998)
More of the same.
Faith Evans – “Never Gonna Let You Go” (1999)
Ma$e – “Feel So Good” (1997)
This was my JOINT. Period.
Ma$e – “What U Want” (1998)
I remember when that fag Carson Daly was hatin’ because they had to play it on TRL every day back then. Ha. It was still the joint. Just because it wasn’t some poppy, uptempo BS?
Ma$e – “Lookin’ At Me” (1998)
Ma$e – “24 Hours To Live” (1998)
Last we heard from the Bad Boy Ma$e before the goonies up on 139th & Lenox ran him outta Harlem.
Bad Boy did its thing for a good 5 year stretch. But since BIG died, the Lox got wise to what Puff was doing with their money and Mase did whatever you wanna call it that he did — well, Bad Boy sucks. Faith, Total and Carl Thomas all left.
It was a good run and Bad Boy was basically the high school soundtrack of my life.