Puff Daddy (aka Diddy/P. Diddy/Sean Combs) is going back to the beginning. Almost twenty years after the release of his debut album No Way Out, the hip-hop heavyweight is preparing for the sequel, appropriately titled No Way Out 2.
Released in 1997, No Way Out featured Combs and guest appearances from many members of his Bad Boy Records label, along with production from producer super-group The Hitmen (the likes of which was recently reformed and features Love & Hip Hop star Stevie J). Winning the 1998 Grammy for Best Rap Album, the project spawned two Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” and “I’ll Be Missing You”, and two #2 singles, “Been Around the World” and “It’s All About the Benjamins”.
For this upcoming album, Puff will reclaim his 90s moniker Puff Daddy & The Family, as is clear on the Pharrell Williams single “Finna Get Loose”.
On the track, the hip hop mogul raps over an old school beat which is reminiscent of Bad Boy’s shiny suit days. Chris Brown and Snoop Dogg used social media to show off their best moves to the new song. Brown, after joining Diddy onstage for its debut performance, took to the tennis court (in his Yeezy Boost 350s), while Uncle Snoop hit an impromptu 8-count in a Run DMC sweatshirt and gold chain.
Puff has previously announced plans for another album MMM (Money Making Mitch), but according to new Bad Boy signee, Gizzle, “…MMM is something else.”
Diddy first referenced the No Way Out 2 title on Instagram using the hashtag #NWO2, and plans to launch a Bad Boy 20th anniversary tour on the heels of their reunion on last month’s BET Awards (which included performances from Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, Ma$e, and 112).
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