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With an array of artists from Bad Boy’s past and present, Puff Daddy proves that the Bad Boys really ain’t going nowhere. The announcement of the Bad Boy Reunion Tour had fans in a frenzy, as they wondered whether or not their favourite artists will be embarking on the four-month journey. We have some good news and some bad news. The good news is if you are a lover of ’90s R&B and hip hop, you need to buy your tickets right now. If you’re a lover of the 2000s Bad Boy era, your favourite artist may have been left out.
If you’re wondering whether to buy tickets to the September 6 Toronto concert, we have all the best tracks from the artists who will be on the tour and the ones who unfortunately, won’t be joining in on the fun.
This announcement is not much of a surprise, unless you don’t know who or what Bad Boy is. The creator of the record company will be performing on the tour and hopefully this Bad Boy anthem will be opening the show.
Though she looks unrecognizable, we swear this is Lil’ Kim. This Brooklyn rapper met Biggie Smalls when she was only a teenager and living on the streets. He took her under his wing, and for this, she credits him as a major influence in her personal and artistic life.
Mase wanted to play pro basketball, but ended up being a pro rapper after rapping for Puff Daddy and Jermaine Dupri at a music convention in Atlanta.
Faith Evans began singing in church at two years old. At 20, she moved to Los Angeles with her daughter to be a background singer for Al B. This is when Puff Daddy took notice of her and signed her as the first female artist of Bad Boy Records.
Mario Winans started his interest in music at a young age playing piano, keyboard, and drums. He got his start in gospel music, but started racking up accolades with the Bad Boy family after providing background instruments and writing credits to many of the artists on the label.
112 met when all four members where in high school in Atlanta. After going through a lot of line-up changes, the final group recorded demos that found their way into Puff Daddy’s hand through their manager Kevin Wales.
This New Jersey trio made their first appearance on The Notorious B.I.G.’s song “Juicy” and “One More Chance” before Puff Daddy got them into the studio to record their first album.
Mary J. Blige heard their mixtape and passed it onto Puff who signed them to a deal shortly after. They were signed from 1995 to 1999.
The only rapper on the tour that was signed since the year 2000, this Morrocan-born rapper got his start interviewing other rappers and personalities in a series of street DVDs called Cocaine City.
Jay Z went to high school in New Jersey with other heavyweight rappers Busta Rhymes and Notorious B.I.G. Though he wasn’t signed to Bad Boy, Jay Z was close friends with Biggie and Puff Daddy.
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige and Puff Daddy had a relationship that goes back to the days before Bad Boy was created. When he was just an executive at A&R records, Blige was signed to the record company in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Carl Thomas got his start singing at open-mic nights around Chicago. Puff Daddy happened to see one of his performances and signed Thomas in 1997.
The Bad Boy Reunion Tour has a solid line-up, but there are some artists we wish were there…
This band of brothers got signed by Bad Boy Records after auditioning for Puff Daddy in the early 2000s. They are most known for covering Jackson 5’s “All I Do” and causing a riot to ensue after their performance at Brookdale Mall in Minnesota. After their 2007 album Don’t Talk, Just Listen flopped, the band left Bad Boy and continued working with Motown Records until their disbandment in 2014.
Day 26 is one of the bands formed from Puff Daddy’s MTV show Making The Band. Their self-titled debut album, released in March 2008, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. They left Bad Boy Records in 2007 and began working with BMG Rights Management. After disbanding for a year between 2012 to 2013, the band got back together and has continued to record music since.
This girl group was created at the end of Making Of The Band 4 and went platinum with their self-titled debut album. After disbanding in 2009, the group tried to reunite in 2013 for a reunion tour. Because of tensions between members, the girls of Danity Kane were never able to successfully work together again.
Dream, initially called First Warning, was signed by Bad Boy Records in 1999. In 2000, their hit single “He Loves U Not” made the girls household names. Dolls were made in their image and they embarked on MTV’s TRL Tour in 2001. The band got dropped from Bad Boy in 2003 and disbanded shortly after. Since 2015, the original members of Dream have reunited after gaining attention online for an a capella performance of their 2000 hit.