Forever

Forever

by Puff Daddy
     
 

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 twenty pictures included in the album booklet (all with different posings and outfits), in the opening track -- "Forever (Intro)" -- that updates listeners with all the sordid… See more details below

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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 twenty pictures included in the album booklet (all with different posings and outfits), in the opening track -- "Forever (Intro)" -- that updates listeners with all the sordid details of Puffy's personal life, even though they'd been headlined ever since the death of Notorious B.I.G. 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 -- Jay-Z, Nas, Redman, Busta Rhymes and best of all, a few new choruses by the late Notorious B.I.G. on "Real N****." On "Is This the End (Part Two)," Puffy pushes Timbaland funk into light-speed, with appropriate rapping by Twista. 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. [Forever

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Bad Boy
UPC:
0786127303421
catalogNumber:
73034

Tracks

  1. Forever (Intro)
  2. What You Want
  3. I'll Do This for You  - Puff Daddy
  4. Do You Like It...Do You Want It...  - Puff Daddy
  5. Satisfy You
  6. Is This the End, Pt. 2  - Puff Daddy
  7. I Hear Voices  - Puff Daddy
  8. Fake Thugs Dedication  - Puff Daddy
  9. Diddy Speaks! (Interlude)
  10. Angels With Dirty Faces  - Puff Daddy
  11. Gangsta Sh*t  - Puff Daddy
  12. P.S. 112 (Interlude)
  13. Pain  - Puff Daddy
  14. Reverse  -  Shyne
  15. Real N*****  - Puff Daddy
  16. Journey Through the Life  - Puff Daddy
  17. Best Friends  - Puff Daddy
  18. Mad Rapper (Interlude)
  19. P.E. 2000  - Puff Daddy

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Puff Daddy   Primary Artist
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Indexed Contributor
Mark Curry   Track Performer
Redman   Track Performer
Nas   Track Performer
Gary Bias   Saxophone
Ray Brown   Trumpet
Pastor Hezekiah Walker   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Mario Winans   Track Performer
Carl Thomas   Track Performer
Jay-Z   Track Performer
Lil' Kim   Track Performer
Michael "Patches" Stewart   Trumpet
Twista   Track Performer
Kelly Price   Track Performer
Reggie C. Young   Trombone
Tim McKasty   Keyboards
Bizzy Bone   Track Performer
Jack Knight   Background Vocals
Beanie Sigel   Track Performer
G. Dep   Track Performer
Joe Hooker   Track Performer
Cheri Dennis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ray Brown   Horn Arrangements
Busta Rhymes   Contributor
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Creative Concept
Paul Logus   Engineer
Tony Maserati   Engineer
Michael Patterson   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Herb Powers   Mastering
Doug Wilson   Engineer
Nasheim Myrick   Producer
C-Lo   Contributor
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Engineer
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Producer
Tom Castle   Engineer
Sauce Money   Contributor
Jeffrey Walker   Producer
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence   Producer
Harve Pierre   Associate Executive Producer
Christopher Wallace   Executive Producer
Roger Che   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool   Producer
Ben H. Allen   Engineer,Pro-Tools
G. Dep   Contributor
Janet Feder   Composer
Shyne   Contributor
Michele DelGadio   Art Direction
Jason "Jay E" Epperson   Composer

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