Last night, on what would have been the Notorious B.I.G’s 44th birthday, Puff Daddy re-assembled a majority of his Bad Boy Records stable for another reunion concert at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. The night before, the first show had been a star-studded affair, featuring back-to-back appearances by Jay Z and Nas, an extended cameo from Usher, and a crowd-pleasing mini-set from French Montana. Admittedly, that’s a hard slate to top, but Puff called in another group of heavy-hitters for the second show.
The most notable appearance came from someone who wasn’t even in the building. Shyne, who showed up via a satellite link from an ancient pyramid in Belize, hit the screens and rapped his hit song “Bad Boyz” with Puffy playing hype man at Barclays. It was about as impressive a performance you’re liable to get from someone who wasn’t even present, and the audience ate the entire thing up.
Other notable cameos included Desiigner, who was brought up by Lil Kim during her set to perform (what else) his hit song “Panda.” Say what you want about Desiigner, but as the first New York MC in quite a while to top the Billboard singles charts, it was a clever move on Puff’s part to marry the city’s rap past with its present, and potentially, its future. The crowd went absolutely out of their mind for the song as well.
Last, but certainly not least, DMX and Swizz Beatz took the stage, and the former hit it hard with his classic track “Party Up (Up In Here).” Afterwards, DMX took a moment to call out the Notorious B.I.G., shouting him out as “one who has inspired me.”
It was a tall-order to try and live up to the fireworks put on at the first Bad Boy reunion, but Puff and company certainly gave the crowd their money’s worth regardless. What do you think? Which night would you rather have attended?