The Atlanta stop of the ‘Bad Boy Family Reunion’ tour was certainly one for the books. The show proved to be more than just a concert; it was an epic experience celebrating over 20 years of musical excellence.
Sean “Diddy” Combs revealed early on in the show that ATL was his second hometown, and because the great city was so special to him he had some pretty big surprises up his sleeve.
While Atlanta didn’t have the pleasure of being treated to the likes of Jay Z, Nas, DMX, Swizz Beats, or Kanye, the musical mecca of the south certainly got an opportunity to experience some southern musical treasures as the concert saw surprise performances from 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Boyz N Da Hood, Jeezy (solo also), Gorilla Zoe, Yung Joc, and Jodeci. Black Rob, Tyrese, and Kelly Price were other surprise guests as well.
The Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour line up consists of Bad Boy legends Diddy, Ma$e, Lil’ Kim, The Lox, Faith Evans, 112, Carl Thomas, and Total.
From the moment Diddy took the stage, he let it be known that he did not come to play at the concert he labeled his “homecoming” show. He cited Atlanta as the city that brought Bad Boy much success, and credited it for being his home away from New York City.
For nearly four hours Sean “Puffy’ Combs brought out the acts he helped to become famous on what became a seemingly endless show and an epic experience full of Bad Boy hits from the golden era. The show was filled with classics, beautiful ballads, party anthems, dance tracks, and even historic musical moments in trap music.
The night turned into an arena-sized party that Diddy often referred to as the “extended show.” Set after set reminded fans in attendance of the insane amount of hits Bad Boy records has been responsible for for over two decades!
Diddy and Ma$e warmed up the crowd immediately with hits like “Been Around The World” (and the remix), “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” and “Feels So Good.”
Total took it back to the Bad Boy ’98: Kima, Keisha, and Pam days with their hit single “Trippin'”. They also rocked the stage with their hits “Can’t You See,” and “Kissing You.” It was certainly “Puff & Pam” with the dance moves on “Can’t You See.”
112 reminded fans that they have hits on hits with their upbeat dance tracks and lush ballads. 112 performed everything from “Peaches & Cream” and “Anywhere” to “Cupid” and “Only You.” Tyrese made a surprise appearance singing “Only You” with the R&B quartet.
Carl Thomas made the women “Emotional” by serenading them with “Summer Rain”, “Emotional,” and “I Wish.”
The First Lady Of Bad Boy, Faith Evans, rocked the house with her hit “Love Like This” before slowing it down for the fan-favorite, “Soon As I Get Home.”
Diddy switched gears in the show when he turned the concert into the Bad Boy South segment.
Yung Joc and his internet-famous hairstyle had the entire arena doing his signature motorcycle dance as he performed his hit, “It’s Going Down.”
Gorilla Zoe took the stage to perform “Hood N*gga”. True ATLiens in attendance went crazy as Boys N Da Hood reunited to perform their hit “Dem Boys.” Former member Young Jeezy even treated fans to a solo performance of “Bottom Of The Map.”
Diddy and French Montana sported matching white minks as French performed everything from “Aint Worriend About Nothin'” to “Pop That.” Puff brought out 2 Chainz to perform “Watch Out,” and then transitioned into Lil’ Kim’s epic set.
Lil’ Kim performed her verse on the classic, “Quiet Storm” remix as well as her classic verse on Junior Mafia’s “Get Money.” Diddy joined Lil’ Kim on stage to perform “No Time,” before Kim surprised fans in attendance by bringing out Gucci Mane to perform their “Freaky Girl” remix.
Two highlights, among many, in the show were Diddy, The LOX, and Lil’ Kim’s performance of “All About The Benjamins” as well as Black Rob’s performance of “Whoa.”
Throughout the evening Puff Daddy dedicated the male R&B segments to the ladies. With this said, Puff brought out the legendary and iconic bad boys of R&B, Jodeci. All in attendance stood to their feet to sing Jodeci’s classic hits “Forever My Lady,” “Come & Talk To Me, “Freek N U,” and “Stay.”
Diddy stated that if it wasn’t for Jodeci there would be no Diddy, referencing his work with the group during his Uptown Records days.
The evening ended with an epic performance of “I’ll Be Missing You.” Diddy, Faith Evans, and 112 were backed by a choir, the rest of the Bad Boy Family, Tyrese, and Kelly Price as they paid tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G.
From intern to the Forbes list, Diddy showed fans last night that his work ethic, musical Midas touch, and being all in the video, and all on the records gave him over 20 years of hits!