No Way Outby Puff Daddy & the Family
In the late '80s and early '90s, artists like Tone Loc, Young MC, Hammer, and Vanilla Ice set the standard for rap's pop appeal. But when it crossed over on its own terms, poppy hip-hop all but vanished. That is, until the arrival of Puff Daddy (a.k.a. Sean "Puffy" Combs), the ace producer who brought back the novelty of good times when no one was expecting it.… See more details below
In the late '80s and early '90s, artists like Tone Loc, Young MC, Hammer, and Vanilla Ice set the standard for rap's pop appeal. But when it crossed over on its own terms, poppy hip-hop all but vanished. That is, until the arrival of Puff Daddy (a.k.a. Sean "Puffy" Combs), the ace producer who brought back the novelty of good times when no one was expecting it. Following the drive-by killings of Tupac Shakur and Puffy's pal Biggie Smalls (a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G.), many observers were ready to sound hip-hop's death knoll, underestimating the power of the music in general and Puff in particular. NO WAY OUT was more than half finished when Biggie was killed, so Puff turned the album's unfinished tracks into a tribute to his slain colleague. His "I'll Be Missing You" rewrote the Police's "Every Breath You Take" as a eulogy to Biggie, while other tracks gave new life to old hits. Puffy's genius for appropriation extended to picking vocal colleagues to offset his self-consciously nonchalant flow, and NO WAY OUT sets aside quality time for Biggie and Lil' Kim, while inviting Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Ginuwine, and Faith Evans along for vital cameos. NO WAY OUT was a groundbreaking record, proving that hip-hop innovators come in as many different guises as the rock stars they continue to knock off the top of the charts.
- Release Date:
- Bad Boy
- No Way Out (Intro)
- Been Around the World - Mase
- What You Gonna Do?
- Don't Stop What You're Doing
- If I Should Die Tonight (Interlude)
- Do You Know?
- Young G's
- I Love You Baby - Black Rob
- It's All About the Benjamins - LOX
- Is This the End? - Twista
- I Got the Power - LOX
- I'll Be Missing You
- Can't Nobody Hold Me Down - Mase
Performance CreditsPuff Daddy & the Family Primary Artist
Sean "Puffy" Combs Indexed Contributor
Stevie J. Piano
Kelly Price Vocals
Technical CreditsBill Conti Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer,Engineer
S. Jordan Composer
Ron Lawrence Composer
(Taz) Machera Engineer
Axel Niehaus Engineer
Michael Patterson Engineer
Doug Wilson Engineer
Nasheim Myrick Producer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie Composer,Producer
Stevie J. Programming,Producer
Carlos "6 July" Broady Producer
Lane Craven Engineer
Stephen Dent Programming,Engineer
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence Producer
Diana Pedraza Engineer
Christopher Wallace Executive Producer
Jay Garfield Producer
John Eaton Engineer
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Puff Daddy realy expressed his feelings in the song 'I'll Be Missing You'.I think it is one of the best songs he has sung.It shows lots of meaning. The way he described his feelings towards his good friend Big Pappa.
I was given this CD as a birthday present when it first came out, I listened to it once and returned it, this CD is truely bad, its just sad that Biggie's last work was on this. Puffy can't flow to the same rythme as his beats and Mase sounds like he is reading off a cue card, its just choppy and doesn't mix well, on top of that he has no original backgrounds. Maybe its just the New York style, but I don't know anyone out here in the Bay that has liked this CD, so I know I am not alone.
It's hard to imagine - I thought work of this calibre was a thing of the past. Apart from the last Sam Harris CD or the funk experiments of a mid-Eightie's Barry Manilow, I can't remember an album that sounded so original, fresh, and dynamic. This is a MUST for any serious music buff.
every song on here was tight it brings the anger fear and sorrow out of you