It’s Bad Boy for life. Before their two-night Barclays celebration, Puff Daddy & The Family reunited in NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza on Friday (May 20) to kick off “Today’s” Summer Concert Series with a surprise-filled performance.
Diddy took the stage to “Bad Boy for Life” before Ma$e joined in for “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” and “Feel So Good.” Then, 112 arrived for “Peaches & Cream.” Longtime Bad Boy affiliate (and birthday boy) Busta Rhymes also popped up, surprising fans with “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II.”
Elsewhere, Diddy and Ma$e joined forces for the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money Mo Problems,” a rendition that included a Biggie tribute. Finally, rounding things out, the Bad Boy ringleader launched into a solo performance of “Finna Get Loose.”
As if that wasn’t enough, Puff also teamed up with The LOX and Lil’ Kim for a performance of their No Way Out classic “It’s All About the Benjamins.”
The party continued with French Montana, who joined Diddy onstage for a brief medley of “Same Damn Time (Remix),” “All the Way Up,” and “Pop That.”
Diddy also slowed things down a bit for a more somber and mellow performance of “Coming Home” and his B.I.G. tribute “I’ll Be Missing You” (sans Faith Evans).
“We miss you so much, B.I.G.,” he said at one point, celebrating Biggie’s May 21 birthday. “We love you. Happy birthday.”
After his performance, Ma$e opened up about the reunion with the “Today” team.
“We haven’t seen each other in 20 years,” he said. “At least about 18, to be exact…Haven’t seen them in so long. It was just amazing. You know, everybody’s got families and different things so to see them again, to see who still got the steps and who don’t, it’s amazing.”
Puff also discussed the importance of the reunion. “It’s definitely family,” he said. “We brought everybody out. We wouldn’t be who we are today if it wasn’t for us doing it together. This is about unity.”
Get ready for more from the Bad Boy camp. Tonight, the Family kicks off their two-night extravaganza at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. In August, they will embark on a 25-date reunion tour across North America.