SEAN "P. DIDDY" COMBS, a.k.a. "PUFFY," is one of the rap game's most savvy players. In addition to being a successful dapper-rapper and producer, he's a big-time businessman, as CEO and founder of Bad Boy Records. The guy even has his own upscale urban clothing line, called Sean John.
The Bad Boy camp has been pretty much quiet for the last year, and P. Diddy chose the Bad Boys II: The Soundtrack to show that he's still got the magic touch! The album has been at the top of the charts for an incredible three weeks, and it's the only soundtrack to debut at number one this year!
Retro-rocker LENNY KRAVITZ adds mellow background vocals to the opening track "Show Me Your Soul," which also features smooth rhymes from Puffy himself. Roc-a-fella rapper JAY-Z gets ill-ill-ill on the album's first single "La-La-La," a catchy banger with a gritty, distorted chorus.
NELLY, MURPHY LEE and P. Diddy do one for the club with the rump-shakin' "Shake Ya Tailfeather." Comin' straight outta the Bronx, FAT JOE (a.k.a. JOEY CRACK) slathers his velvety voice all over the airy "Girl I'm A Bad Boy." Sexy songbird BEYONCÉ explores her vocal range on "Keep Giving Your Love To Me." Her beautiful voice is all over the track, with multiple vocal layers, and intricate melodies.
"Realest N**gas" is a duet comprised of one past legend; NOTORIOUS B.I.G. , and one soon-to-be legend; 50 CENT. It's a rap dream-team duo -- the outcome of the collaboration is a focused lyrical assault. 50's street-wise lyrics complement BIGGIE SMALL's famous flow quite well.
Everyone's favorite "rizzle-nizzle" SNOOP DOGG does his thing on the low-riding, Impala-slammin' track, "Gangsta Sh*t." Is Snoop still "Tha Boss?" After hearing this track, you'll say, "Fo' shizzle"!
Crooning lady's man JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE hits all the funky fusion notes on the soulful "Love Don't Love Me," while MARY J. BLIGE, a.k.a., "The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul," shows why she got that name on the groovy "Didn't Mean."
Bad Boys II: The Soundtrack is more than just a movie soundtrack; P. Diddy has put together a really great hip-hop album, with a wealth of talent and some very interesting collaborations.
Keep an eye out for the next Bad Boy label release, DA BAND, whose debut album is in stores September 23rd!
'Bad Boys II,' starring the dashing WILL SMITH and funnyman MARTIN LAWRENCE is in theaters now. And Bad Boys II: The Soundtrack is flying off store shelves, so you better get on down to the music shop right away!
2. P. Diddy, Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell Williams, Loon- Show Me Your Soul
3. Jay-Z- La-La-La
4. Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee- Shake Ya Tailfeather
5. Fat Joe & P. Diddy- Girl I'm A Bad Boy
6. Beyoncé- Keep Giving Your Love To Me
7. Notorious B.I.G. and 50 Cent- Realist N***as
8. Freeway- Flipside
9. Snoop Dogg with Loon- Gansga Sh*t
10. Mario Winans- Pretty Girl Bullsh*t
11. Model Interlude
12. Justin Timberlake- Love Don't Love Me
13. Loon- Relax Your Mind
14. Mary J. Blige- Didn't Mean
15. God Sent You Interlude
16. Da Band- Why
17. Shot You Interlude
18. M.O.P.- Wanna Be G's