Bad Boy All-Stars Perform at B.I.G.'s 44th Birthday Celebration
P. Diddy pulled out all the stops when it came down to celebrating the life and legacy of Bad Boy Entertainment artist and good friend The Notorious B.I.G. on what would've been his 44th birthday. A celebration that consisted of Bad Boy all-stars, special guest performances and an arena full of overly excited fans filled the Barclays Center over the weekend.
Sean Combs, the mastermind behind the powerhouse music label Bad Boy Entertainment, took fans on a journey through 20 years of music on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 2 for the Bad Boy Reunion Tour. According This Is RnB, for a period of four hours, concert goers witnessed almost every artist and group that had ever been signed to the label, especially while B.I.G., real name Christopher Wallace, was signed and the best artist Combs had going at the time.
Bad Boy phenomenons like Faith Evans, Total, 112, Carl Thomas, Mase, Lil' Kim, The LOX, Mario Winans and Black Rob hit the stage at the Brooklyn Barclays Center to belt out their classics from the early '90s. According to Pix 11, adults in their late 30s came from near and far to witness this Brooklyn takeover, or, as borough president Eric Adams deemed that Saturday, "Biggie Smalls Day."
"Long before Paris started saying Brooklyn is chic, long before Japan embracing Brooklyn, it was just this young man who was just spitting out rhymes and lyrics and rap," stated Adams about Wallace in a PIX 11 interview. "We wanted to acknowledge that."
Acknowledging Wallace is what caused such a massive turnout of fans, and what prompted big names like Jay Z, Mary J Blige, Usher, Nas and Rick Ross to be a part of the two-day festivities, according to Rolling Stone.
Check out some of the video footage below.