Core Hip-Hop fans are giving flowers to Puff Daddy, now known as P Diddy, following his impact in revolutionizing hip-hop with his ground-breaking debut, “No Way Out,” 25 years ago. In response, the rap legend reflected on the album’s legacy and The Notorious B.I.G.’s significant influence on his music in honour of the occasion.
Acknowledging the influence of B.I.G. on his music, Puff wrote on Instagram,
“Biggie inspired me to become an artist and make this album, so it’s bittersweet to look back on such a pivotal turning point in my life and career that turned Bad Boy into an unstoppable dynasty and cemented our place in Hip Hop history!”
Its hits include “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” “It’s All About the Benjamins,” “Been Around the World,” and the Biggie ode “I’ll Be Missing You,” which became the first rap song to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and held that position for 11 weeks straight. The album is still regarded as a classic today.
“To have countless hit records from so many timeless artists that became global superstars, it will be hard for anyone to ever create a moment in music that changed the culture like No Way Out!”
On July 22, 1997, No Way Out was made available through Bad Boy and Arista Records. The 17-track collection, which was produced by “The Hitmen,” included members of the Bad Boy family, such as Biggie, Ma$e, Lil’ Kim, The LOX, Faith Evans, and 112, as well as JAY-Z, Busta Rhymes, Ginuwine, and Foxy Brown. With over 7 million copies sold in the United States, it is still Diddy’s best-selling album and was awarded the Grammy for Best Rap Album in 1998.
The 52-year-old business tycoon is currently preparing for the next phase of his career. Earlier this week, he debuted the music video for his most recent single, “Gotta Move On,” which features Bryson Tiller. The song is from his upcoming album, which will be released through his recently established R&B label Love Records. No Way Out’s original album and 15 extra tracks, including remixes, radio mixes, and instrumentals, were released as a special digital deluxe edition on Friday. The digital deluxe edition of ‘No Way Out”s original album and the additional tracks provide fans diverse musical experiences. This release showcases the business tycoon’s commitment to delivering high-quality music through his newly established R&B label Love Records.