Concert Review: Bad Boy celebrates 20 years and the late Notorious B.I.G - The Hype Magazine


Published on June 5th, 2016 | by Valerie Victor


Concert Review: Bad Boy celebrates 20 years and the late Notorious B.I.G

Screenshot (30)By  Valerie Victor

The Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour is one of the biggest concerts that ever hit Brooklyn, NY. The tour was put together to celebrate 20 years of Bad Boy Entertainment making quality music, and the influence the label has had on the industry to date.

Sean “Diddy” Combs, the CEO of Bad Boy, brought together his label’s most renowned talents such as Lil Kim, Mase, 112, Faith Evans, and French Montana to name a few. Combs also added acts such as DMX, Desiigner, Usher, Busta Rhymes, and even Jay Z to the list of acts creating an evening of musical mayhem.

As the Barclay’s Center slowly filled for a sold out show, one of New York City’s most notable DJ’s, Funk Master Flex, engaged the crowd and truly rocked the stadium before the show’s start. Spinning a number of Brooklyn felt records and Bad Boy hits, Flex definitely set the mood for one of the greatest Hip-Hop evenings in New York.

To start the show, a short montage of highlights from the best Bad Boy moments, and footage of none other than Bad Boy’s angel, Biggie Smalls, played for a stadium of thousands. At the real’s end, Diddy opened the show rhyming over a instrumental with Biggie’s voice playing and speaking in unison with Combs. Shortly after this opening act, Combs assured the crowd that he was, “just getting warmed up, and we have a lot in store for you. We have to do it right for Big.”

The first day of the concert was the night before what would’ve been the Notorious B.I.G.’s 44th birthday. Like Combs, throughout the evening, the entire Bad Boy line-up paid homage to Biggie and his legacy.

The entire evening was full of surprises. The crowd never knew who was coming on the stage next, which seemed to heighten the crowds reactions to each talent. The entire crowd recited song after song for every talent on stage.

To end the show, the entire team dressed in white Bad Boy labeled clothing. For their he final number, “Missing You,” the family was accompanied by a live choir using the end of the show to again, pay all final respects to the late Notorious BIG. To top it off, balloons and confetti filled the stadium while they performed the last song.

This concert, is undeniably one of the greatest concerts and celebrations around. What really makes the concert, is that it’s designed to be an experience. Due to the high demand of this show, and speedy ticket sales, the tour has been extended to a 24 city tour. The multi-city tour is scheduled to begin August 25, 2016, and end October 8, 2016, touching destinations such as Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles to name a few.

To be a part of the Bad Boy Family experience, ticket details and tour dates can be found by visiting Live Nation.

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