Rock and Roll Hal of FameWhen it was announced Wednesday that The Notorious B.I.G. was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one of the happiest people was the man who launched his recording career at Bad Boy Records.
“Biggie, you did it,” Diddy screamed with joy in an Instagram video with the music of B.I.G.’s 1994 classic, “Juicy,” playing in the background. “The Notorious B.I.G. is gonna be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Diddy continued. “Love. We miss you king. New York, stand up. Brooklyn. Yeah!”
Then known as Sean ”Puffy” Combs, Diddy co-produced “Juicy,” which was B.I.G.,’s first gold-certified single. In the song, Biggie rapped, “I was all a dream….Now I’m in the limelight ’cause I rhyme tight… I never thought it could happen, this rappin’ stuff…When I was dead broke, man, I couldn’t picture this.”
“Juicy” was the first single from Biggie’s 1994 six-times platinum debut album, Ready to Die, which Diddy executive produced. The Bad Boy Entertainment CEO was also one of the producers of B.I.G.’s second album, Life After Death, which was released on March 25, 1997, 16 days after Biggie was murdered in Los Angeles. It was certified 11-times platinum.
Diddy also executive produced the 1997 posthumous compilation album Born Again, which consisted of unreleased Biggie verses combined with guest rappers, including Lil Kim, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and Ice Cube.
The Notorious B.IG. will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 2, in Cleveland. The ceremony will air live for the first time starting at 8 p.m. ET on HBO.
You can also buy tickets to see the ceremony in person starting February 27 at 10 a.m. ET via RockHall.com.
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