In the late ’90s and early ’00s, East Coast rap was dominated by one label: Bad Boy Entertainment. Now, their first 20 years will be celebrated in a five-disc box set later this summer.
First reported by Billboard, Bad Boy Presents The 20th Anniversary Box Set features 80 curated tracks spanning from the label’s first release, Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear,” up to 2014. Longtime Bad Boy associate and current president Harve Pierre produced the set, and journalist Michael A. Gonzalez provides notes within the 64-page booklet.
The Bad Boy legacy begins with Sean Combs, a onetime A&R man for Uptown Records with an ear for talent and an eye for the lavish. While Combs (known alternately as Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Diddy) was the central figure of the Bad Boy family–heard on his act’s intros, seen in their expensive videos and the unmistakable architect of a very distinct, sample-heavy, pop-friendly production style–he gave his artists considerable room to shine.
And there was no greater star than Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G, a Brooklyn-born rapper who at 22 released Ready to Die in 1994, one of the genre’s most defining albums. Biggie, along with his wife, singer Faith Evans, Puffy, Ma$e, female trio Total and R&B acts Carl Thomas and 112, were the building blocks of The Bad Boy Family, which tragically came together to mourn Wallace in 1997, a victim of a senseless East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry turned violent.
Without a rapper as talented as Biggie to fill the void, Bad Boy’s influence cooled, but still supplied fresh R&B and pop-rap hits well into the 2000s, like Danity Kane’s “Damaged,” French Montana’s “Pop That” and tracks by Machine Gun Kelly, southern duo 8Ball & MJG and even Da Band, created on the reality series Making the Band.
Bad Boy has since been revived with a new distribution deal through Epic Records, and Combs’ summer Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour has proven to be one of the genre’s top tickets. Safe to say, then, that Combs and crew can’t stop, won’t stop.
The box set is out August 12. Pre-order links and track list are after the jump!
Bad Boy Presents The 20th Anniversary Box Set 1994-2014 (Bad Boy/Rhino, 2016)
- Faith (Interlude) – Faith Evans
- Victory – Puff Daddy feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes
- Warning – The Notorious B.I.G.
- Feel So Good – Ma$e feat. Kelly Price
- Angels – Diddy – Dirty Money feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Rick Ross
- Come to Me – P. Diddy feat. Nicole Scherzinger
- Me & U – Cassie
- Pop That – French Montana feat. Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne
- Notorious Thugs – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
- Satisfy You – Puff Daddy feat. R. Kelly
- Can’t You See – Total feat. The Notorious B.I.G.
- You Used to Love Me – Faith Evans
- What You Want – Ma$e feat. Total
- Dance with Me (Radio Mix) – 112
- Flava in Ya Ear (Remix) – Craig Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes & Rampage
- Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.
- Love Like This – Faith Evans
- Hypnotize – The Notorious B.I.G.
- Last Night – P. Diddy feat. Keyshia Cole
- I Need a Girl, Pt. 2 – P. Diddy feat. Ginuwine, Loon, Mario Winans & Tammy Ruggieri
- Peaches & Cream – 112
- One More Chance/Stay with Me (Remix) – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Faith Evans
- Kissin’ You – Total
- All My Love (Interlude) – Carl Thomas
- Emotional – Carl Thomas
- I Don’t Wanna Know – Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy
- Who Shot Ya? – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy
- Money, Power & Respect – The LOX feat. DMX & Lil Kim
- Bad Boyz – Shyne feat. Barrington Levy
- Shot Caller (Remix) – French Montana feat. Diddy, Rick Ross & Charlie Rock
- I Love the Dough – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Jay-Z & Angela Winbush
- Whoa! – Black Rob
- Born Again (Intro) – The Notorious B.I.G.
- Dead Wrong – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Eminem
- Special Delivery (Remix) – G. Dep feat. Ghostface Killah, Keith Murray & Craig Mack
- Mo Money Mo Problems – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Ma$e & Puff Daddy
- Bad Boy’s Been Around the World (Remix) – Puff Daddy feat. Ma$e & Carl Thomas
- Sitting Home – Total
- Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down – Puff Daddy feat. Ma$e
- Big Poppa – The Notorious B.I.G.
- Can’t Believe – Faith Evans feat. Carl Thomas & Shyne
- Bonnie & Shyne – Shyne feat. Barrington Levy
- Spit Your Game (Remix) – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Twists, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and 8Ball & MJG
- You Don’t Want Drama – 8Ball & MJG
- I Love You Baby – Puff Daddy feat. Black Rob
- Bad Boy for Life – P. Diddy feat. Black Rob & Mark Curry
- Shake Ya Tailfeather – Nelly feat. P. Diddy & Murphy Lee
- Bad Boy This Bad Boy That – Da Band
- Let’s Get It – G. Dep feat. P. Diddy & Black Rob
- It’s Goin’ Down – Yung Joc feat. Nitti
- Dem Boyz – Boyz N Da Hood
- Relax and Take Notes – 8Ball & MJG feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Project Pat
- Hood Nigga – Gorilla Zoe
- The Real (Interlude) – G. Dep
- Wild Boy – MGK feat. Waka Flocka Flame
- Get Down – Craig Mack
- Only You (Bad Boy Remix) – 112 feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Ma$e
- Can I Live – Black Rob feat. The LOX
- 24 Hrs. to Live – Ma$e feat. The LOX, Black Rob & DMX
- Five-O – Elephant Man feat. Wyclef Jean & Diddy
- That’s What You Are (Interlude) – Carl Thomas
- Yesterday – Diddy – Dirty Money feat. Chris Brown
- Down for Me – Loon feat. Mario Winans
- Last Time – New Edition
- Room 112 (Intro) – 112
- When Boy Meets Girl
- Fly Together – Red Cafe feat. Ryan Leslie & Rick Ross
- I Love You – Cheri Dennis feat. Jim Jones & Yung Joc
- Damaged – Danity Kane
- King of Hearts – Cassie
- Hot 2Nite – New Edition
- Anywhere – 112
- I Wish – Carl Thomas
- Primetime – Janelle Monae feat. Miguel
- Since You’ve Been Gone – Day26
- You Are My Joy (Interlude) – Faith Evans
- Ms. Wallace (Outro) – The Notorious B.I.G.
- We’ll Always Love Big Poppa – The LOX
- I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans & 112
- Best Friend – Puff Daddy feat. Mario Winans