Sean “Puffy” Combs recently led an all-star group of rap and R&B veterans in a performance that may resound in the annals of popular music. The group came together to musically commemorate the release of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story,” a new documentary about Bad Boy Records. Led by Combs, who has performed as Puff Daddy and P. Diddy, this group of performers gathered at New York’s Beacon Theatre for the premiere of the new documentary. After the film’s first screening was complete, the performers stormed the stage with great vibrancy and panache. The expertly group performed a medley of Bad Boy hits. Faith Evans and Carl Thomas also performed in this medley, which clearly have excited the music-loving crowd gathered for the event.
Despite the best efforts of Sean Combs, Bad Boy Records really hasn’t had much commercial success as of late. Still, there’s no denying the huge role this record label played between 1993 and 2003. As the head of this influential record label, Combs has had a large influence on the development of urban music. Although Combs has never achieved critical acclaim for his own music releases, he has produced and overseen many records that have awed the critics. Throughout the world, people often listen to Bad Boy releases during the important moments that define their lives.
More than most would-be music moguls, Sean Combs has capitalized on the power of video entertainment and reality television. Whatever one thinks about the artistic merits of Puff Daddy’s Beacon Theatre performance, there’s no doubt that this performance was a major event in modern rap culture. Indeed, most mainstream music publications have reported on this momentous film screening and concert. I hope that the new Bad Boy documentary will give Puff Daddy the impetus to rejuvenate his music career. Although Puff Daddy’s lyrics aren’t exactly literary, he deserves recognition for his contemporary musical sensibility.