Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits

Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits

     
 

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A career-spanning compilation from Bad Boy could have come at a worse time -- like when Diddy was singing the praises of G. Dep, the man who ended up releasing the lowest-selling Bad Boy record ever -- but 2004 doesn't find a lot of love being thrown toward Diddy's music. Eminem passed on a guest spot on the newly

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A career-spanning compilation from Bad Boy could have come at a worse time -- like when Diddy was singing the praises of G. Dep, the man who ended up releasing the lowest-selling Bad Boy record ever -- but 2004 doesn't find a lot of love being thrown toward Diddy's music. Eminem passed on a guest spot on the newly recorded "Victory 2004," sending 50 Cent in his place, Puffy's Sean Jean clothing label had been outselling Bad Boy for a while, and the most exciting thing the label had done in some time is announce the signing of a reunited New Edition. Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits ignores G. Dep (and unfortunately Faith Evans) and all of the other problems the label had suffered past the untimely death of the Notorious B.I.G. Of course all the drama doesn't matter as much as the music, and for that the collection works here and there. All of Biggie's cuts are still classics, Craig Mack and 112 still sound great, and Diddy's own "All About the Benjamins" will forever be the benchmark for crossover rap that saves face. Too bad the tracks are ordered haphazardly with too many bangers in a row and no interludes to tie it all together. Past criticisms of Puffy's oversampling are now proven when some productions come off as clever rather than inspired (in hindsight We Invented the Remix could have been We Invented the Mash-up). It might be callous to point how heavily the collection relies on Biggie, but the swiftly evolving world of rap demands that you move on. This collection never does, and only a couple differing tracks separate it from 1998's Bad Boy's Greatest Hits. If the collection had taken its name from Biggie's "Mo' Money Mo' Problems" it would have been more endearing and honest. Most of the reasons for the demise of Bad Boy were beyond Puffy's control, so a warts and all collection could have been enlightening. We like Puffy more than archenemy Suge Knight, so we want to know what happened. But not when he boasts and brags, ignores what we really want to know, and gives us nearly the same collection he did six years ago. [Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
Label:
Bad Boy
UPC:
0602498618608
catalogNumber:
21130

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Notorious B.I.G.   Rap
Herb Middleton   Keyboards
Francesco Romano   Guitar
Chucky Thompson   Guitar
Kelly Price   Background Vocals
Mase   Rap
Pam Long   Background Vocals
J Dub W   Overdubs
Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sting   Composer
Craig Mack   Composer
Easy Mo Bee   Composer,Producer,Remixing
R. Bell   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Remixing,Video Director
Fab 5 Freddy   Liner Notes
Paul Hunter   Video Director
S. Jordan   Composer
Axel Niehaus   Engineer
Michael Patterson   Engineer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
Ed Raso   Engineer
T. Robinson   Composer
Richard Travali   Engineer
Buck Wild   Producer
Doug Wilson   Engineer
Mario Winans   Composer
Faith Evans   Composer
J. Kurt Howell   Composer
Carl Thomas   Producer
Rasheed Goodlowe   Engineer
Nasheim Myrick   Programming
Francesco Romano   Producer
C.D. Hawkins   Composer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie   Producer
Stevie J.   Programming,Producer,Remixing
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Remixing
Chucky Thompson   Producer,Remixing
Rashad Smith   Producer
Lane Craven   Engineer
Marcus Nispel   Video Director
Quinnes Parker   Composer
Mike City   Producer
Lorrenn Argumendes   Engineer
Stephen Dent   Engineer
Lynn Montrose   Engineer
Todd Gaither   Composer
Bob "Bassy" Bob Brackmann   Engineer
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence   Producer
J-Dub   Programming
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Ben H. Allen   Engineer
Hype Williams   Video Director
C. Thomas   Composer
Steve Jones   Engineer
B.H. Edwards   Composer
Teddy Davis   Engineer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Curtis Jackson   Composer
Jeremy Richter Effort   Video Director
Dara Cook   Liner Notes
Craig Henry   Video Director
Kimberly Jackson Jones   Composer
Mario "Yellow Man" Winans   Producer,Instrumentation
John Eaton   Engineer
Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre   Vocal Producer

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