And I was lucky enough to attend at the Barclay’s center last night. On what would have been the 44th birthday of hip hop’s largest legend, Notorious B.I.G. ( aka Biggie Smalls, the big black Frank White) all of Bad Boy Entertainment’s biggest stars came together for a 20 year reunion. Who better to bring them all together than the man himself, Mr. Puffy Daddy (Mr. shiny suit man).
In some ways it was a throw back, having all of the best stars in hip-hop, R&b, and soul come together to perform their greatest hits, but in others it was a tribute to something new, a way to celebrate not just their humble beginnings but to acknowledge how far they have come and to cement their current statuses as legends and heroes in the music industry. I can’t explain who I was more excited to see; Nas, Lil Kim, Mase, Mary J Blige, or even Cassie. It was clear Jay-Z was the crowd’s darling (its hard not to think of Jay-z when one gets to the Barclay’s Center), however folks were mighty excited to see Usher jive up on the stage. The energy was consistently strong all night and the sold out house was electric from start to finish.
The only downside to the evening were the faulty microphones that scratched the last half of Total’s performance and the dude who refused to move from my seat so he could get some good Instagram videos. If it wasn’t for a fight that broke out below us, this guy may never have left our section. However, I’m sure he isn’t traveling with the tour, so you should be safe should you check out the reunion.
See if the Bad Boys are coming to your town here. The show plays all summer and throughout all of the October, nationwide. It’s a pretty epic chance to see all of your favorite artists perform only the best of the past 20 years. Last night was unique in the special honor of Biggie Smalls, but regardless of the night, the family reunion will surely touch you in more ways than one.