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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
As the follow-up to 1997's hip-pop blowout NO WAY OUT, the latest from Sean "Puffy" Combs at first plays like the sexy, star-studded revue you'd expect from a man who's gone from the top of the charts to the height of the Hamptons. Cuts like the compu-poppin' "What You Want" and "I'll Do This for You" capture the bubbly bounce Puffy patented on hits like "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down." But at its heart, FOREVER is a letter from the edge, a mercurial missive in which the paranoid P-Diddy hears terrifying voices and sees visions of death and doom. Throughout, Puffy leads us and an A-list cast of cameo stars Lil' Kim, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Bizzy Bone, Cee-Lo, and, from the Great ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
As the follow-up to 1997's hip-pop blowout NO WAY OUT, the latest from Sean "Puffy" Combs at first plays like the sexy, star-studded revue you'd expect from a man who's gone from the top of the charts to the height of the Hamptons. Cuts like the compu-poppin' "What You Want" and "I'll Do This for You" capture the bubbly bounce Puffy patented on hits like "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down." But at its heart, FOREVER is a letter from the edge, a mercurial missive in which the paranoid P-Diddy hears terrifying voices and sees visions of death and doom. Throughout, Puffy leads us and an A-list cast of cameo stars Lil' Kim, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Bizzy Bone, Cee-Lo, and, from the Great Beyond, the Notorious B.I.G. into a dark drama where every move might be your last and every homey is a hater at heart. The subterranean soul of "I Hear Voices" sounds like something Tricky could wrap his coarse vocal cords around, while the rugged, hectic "P.E. 2000" turns Public Enemy's classic into Puffy's last stand against hordes of betrayers and wannabe gangstas. The film-noir vibe is interrupted only for "Best Friend," a love letter to the single playa hater Puffy dare not mess with, the Lord Himself, set to a sample of Christopher Cross's billowy, powder-puff classic "Sailing." It's a brilliant kiss-off to the purists who've mocked his pop crossovers, and it's as surprising, and surprisingly wondrous, as anything he's done.
All Music Guide - Keith Farley
It was never much of a contest, but with his second solo album, Puff Daddy retains his crown as the biggest ego in hip-hop, if not popular music. It's an arrogance that asserts itself in the over 20 pictures included in the album booklet all with different poses and outfits and in the opening track -- "Forever Intro" -- that updates listeners with all the sordid details of Puffy's personal life. With all this ego strutting around, Puffy's sizable production talents have consistently been underrated. The truth is, he's been one of the best hip-hop producers of the '90s, creator of countless solid party jams, heavy on the groove and quite creative for their crossover potential. Though most of the tracks on Forever are co-productions with young lieutenants from his Bad Boy organization, Puffy's productions shine through. And he's downplayed sampling obvious pop hits for the main groove of his songs, perhaps a response to the constant criticism of hip-hop fans. Puffy's also a better rapper than he used to be, almost up to the level of the MC superstars guesting here. There are no tracks as propulsive as the hits from No Way Out "It's All About the Benjamins," "Been Around the World", and the ballad track "Best Friend," which samples Christopher Cross' "Sailing," is a lame rehash of the Biggie tribute "I'll Be Missing You." The final track and first single, the Public Enemy-sampling "P.E. 2000," is an apt metaphor for Puff Daddy's second album; it's a solid production, not quite as exciting as it should be, informed by a mindset that uses hip-hop as a ladder to pop success and wealth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 786127303322
  • Catalog Number: 73033
  • Sales rank: 17,148

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Forever (Intro) (1:51)
  2. 2 What You Want (4:30)
  3. 3 I'll Do This for You - Kelly Price (5:00)
  4. 4 Do You Like It...Do You Want It... (3:54)
  5. 5 Satisfy You (4:48)
  6. 6 Is This the End, Pt. 2 - Twista (4:40)
  7. 7 I Hear Voices (5:14)
  8. 8 Fake Thugs Dedication (3:13)
  9. 9 Diddy Speaks! (Interlude) (1:11)
  10. 10 Angels with Dirty Faces - Bizzy Bone (4:10)
  11. 11 Gangsta Sh*t (4:42)
  12. 12 P.S. 112 (Interlude) (0:59)
  13. 13 Pain - G. Dep (3:56)
  14. 14 Reverse - Shyne (5:07)
  15. 15 Real Niggas (4:01)
  16. 16 Journey Through the Life - Joe Hooker (4:55)
  17. 17 Best Friends (5:32)
  18. 18 Mad Rapper (Interlude) (1:14)
  19. 19 P.E. 2000 - Hurricane G (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Puff Daddy Primary Artist
Diddy Indexed Contributor
Mark Curry Vocals
Redman Vocals
Nas Vocals
The Notorious B.I.G. Vocals
R. Kelly Vocals
Gary Bias Saxophone
Ray Brown Trumpet
Busta Rhymes Vocals
A.J. Johnson Vocals
Mario Winans Vocals
Carl Thomas Vocals
Jay-Z Vocals
Lil' Kim Vocals
Michael "Patches" Stewart Trumpet
Twista Vocals
Kelly Price Vocals
Reggie C. Young Trombone
Hurricane G Vocals
Tim McKasty Keyboards
Cee Lo Green Vocals
Sauce Money Vocals
Bizzy Bone Vocals
Jack Knight Background Vocals
Beanie Sigel Vocals
G. Dep Vocals
Shyne Vocals
Joe Hooker Vocals
Cheri Dennis Background Vocals
Technical Credits
The Notorious B.I.G. Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer, Creative Concept
Kevin Lively Engineer
Paul Logus Engineer
Tony Maserati Engineer
Benny Medina Management
Michael Patterson Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
Doug Wilson Engineer
Mario Winans Programming, Producer
Stan Wood Engineer
Rasheed Goodlowe Engineer
Nasheim Myrick Producer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie Producer
Carlos "6 July" Broady Producer
Carlton Lynn Engineer
Jim Janik Engineer
Scott Kieklak Engineer
Tom Castle Engineer
Lynn Montrose Engineer
Jack Knight Arranger
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence Producer
Harve Pierre Associate Executive Producer
John Horesco IV Engineer
Cyrille Taillandier Engineer
Roger Che Engineer
Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool Producer
Jason Webb Engineer
Janet Feder Composer
Kenny Meiselas Legal Advisor
Ariel Borujow Engineer
Elliot Blakely Engineer
Marc Pfafflin Sound Effects
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Good Makes up for the Bad

    Though definitely not his best CD, overall Diddy does a pretty good job. If someone had been able to convince him to leave off the drunken, rambling, "Diddy Speaks" interlude, the boring "I Hear Voices" and what could arguably be one of the worst songs ever made, "PE 2000" I might have given this review the 5th star. Still the other tracks more than make up for the few glitches. My favorites include "I'll Do This For You" (which sounds a little laced with Mase), "Pain" (a bit reminiscent of Slick Rick's "Children Story" and clearly a song he wrote when he was entertaining the thought of making George Pelecanos' novel 'King Suckerman' into a feature film) and finally "Angels with Dirty Faces" which has the feel of an explosive action movie packed into under six minutes. As a final point, I couldn't review this without mentioning the absolutely hilarious "Player-Haters Hotline" interlude. And I have to point out the irony of songs like "Do You Like It... Do You Want It" where he and Jay Z rap about among other things, the ridiculous notion of being involved in crime (Do I need to mention the felony charges they were both facing by the end of December 1999?) and "Reverse" which features Shyne, G-Dep, Cee-Lo, Busta Rhymes and Sauce Money sharing what their lives might be like had they not reached success. For Shyne, at least success didn't make that much of a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Puff Daddy's Here to Stay

    Puffy's rappin' on 'no way out' was helped along with the presence of the Notorious B.I.G. On 'forever' however, Puffy does it better without Biggie. Though Biggie puts in an explosive appearance on Real Niggas, this is by no way one of the best tracks. Tracks such as 'Is This The End 11', 'Satisfy You' and 'I'll Do This For You', are all prime examples of Puffy's solo genius. Every track is pure quality and features some fantastic cameo appearances by Twista and Bizzy Bone. Puffy blends a subtle mix of smooth R'n'B rap and up tempo rap to give both aspects of the multi-talented rap star. Forever is quite different from no Way Out which really shows how rap has changed over the years. On Best Friend, with Mario Winans, Puffy delivers a fabulous song which shows rap isn't all about drive-bys and drugs. The song is dedicated to Jesus and I hope all rap critics hear this song as a voice for the new generation of Hip-Hop. If you ever doubted Puffy's ability without Biggie for one minute, listen to forever and you'll be eating your words. This album shows Puffy, with or without Biggie, is still one of the kings of Hip-Hop. The only way I can sum up this album is, buy now!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS ALBUM SUCKS!!!

    My Headline says it all. Don't buy this album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Puff Daddy's FOREVER

    This is a good CD, because everyone has to like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not as good as the first

    There's only a couple of good songs here. I got the album free from Puffy himself and was kinda dissapointed. He's not a lyricist and his beats are too many samples that ain't that hot. I like PE 2000, but the album as a whole aint all that. He is too much fake gangsta and playa on this album, contradicting his supposedly positive vibe. He gets way too fake on this one.

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