Bad Boy Reunion tour pull out classic hits with special guests in Chicago

Bad Boy Family Reunion tour Chicago

Bad Boy records celebrates 20 years, and Diddy and crew pulled out all the stops. Bad Boy showed fans an unforgettable night of classic songs and artists.

Diddy first gave a Notorious B.I.G. The crowd cheered and screamed even before Diddy arrived from the floor of the stage. With sexy dancers on his side sporting Blackhawks jerseys, Diddy launched into “Bad Boys For Life.” After, he kept the hits rolling with “I Want the Love” and “I Get Money.”

Then Diddy decided it was time to share the stage with some friends. He brought out Mase for “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” and “Been Around the World.” Though it was clear the crowd wanted to keep partying, Diddy took a minute to give Chicago some love.

“This is the first official date of my tour and I had to pick a city with Culture, somewhere with talent. A city where President Obama is from, Twista, Jeremih and Chance The Rapper. Thank you, Chicago for having me!”

In response, the Chicago crowd gave Diddy even more love. 112 rose from the bottom of the stage and played crowd favorites like “Peaches and Cream” and “Anywhere.” They may have gotten older, but they can still sing and dance with the best of them!

Next came Total who slayed with “Tripping.” Total also brought Mase back fol “Tell Me What You Want.” Hip-hop group The Lox played next, performing tracks like “We Gon’ Make It,” “I Get High,” and “This Might D-Block.” It was great to see them even though they haven’t been part of the Bad Boy family since 1999.

Carl Thomas slowed things down. He played classic jams “I Wish,” “Summer Rain,” and “Emotional.” His sweet crooning vocals set the ladies wild. Carl Thomas’s set was especially welcome, since he’s from Chicago.

Faith Evans was one of the biggest highlights of the night. Her powerful vocals and passionate delivery show why she’s so influential. She pulled out hits like “Soon as I Get Home,” “No Other Love,” and “You Used to Love Me.” She even brought out Jadakiss to perform a new song. Her set was filled with so much emotion, as the crowd sang along to every word.

Next, French Montana strutted around the stage in white. He performed “Ain’t Worried Bout Nothin'” and “No Shopping.” Diddy returned for “Same Damn Time.” Then Montana came back out in a mink coat for “Money Money Money.”

Afterwards, the mood turned solemn. Diddy wanted to pay respects to his heroes before resuming the party. He took a moment to sing “Angels” for Notorious B.I.G, Michael Jackson and the great Muhammad Ali.

Then it was time for the queen of hip-hop, Lil Kim. Though she hasn’t released new music in a while, she still proved why she’s the first lady of hip-hop. She killed with performances of “Big Momma Thing,” “Real Niggas,” “No Time,” “Lighters Up,” and “Junior Mafia.”

At this point, it didn’t seem like things could get any better. Then Diddy brought out hometown hero, Chance the Rapper. The crowd went insane as the two performed “No Problems.” Even better, Diddy brought out Jeremih for “You and I.” It was a moment you had to see to believe.

But Diddy had one more surprise, DMX. He performed with Chicago’s DJ Non Stop on “What These Bitches Want.” This drove the crowd wild. Afterwards, French Montana returned to the stage with “All the Way Up.” At the end, Diddy claimed that French is the future of Bad Boy.

The night’s last two performances were special. Diddy brought out his son, Christian, to play a new song. This suggests that it’ll only be a matter of time before an album is announced. Closing the night out, all the Bad Boy Family returned to the stage and performed “Missing You” for an emotional finale.

The night reminded us all of the amazing artists at Bad Boy. Seeing all of them together showed Bad Boy ain’t going nowhere anytime soon.

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on Examiner, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, Kitty Whipp, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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