In 1997, Sean “Diddy” Combs infamously told the world a decade later Bad Boy would still be standing upon Hip-Hop’s Mount Olympus. While the label and cast of characters are not as revered as they were during B.I.G.’s glory days, Puff’s still here and still very much relevant.
Diddy’s story is one that’s been retold countless times and well-known. It’s built off notoriety for the trail of terrible contracts for artists and the looming “Bad Boy curse.” Yet, the tale also includes a level of respect afforded to a man with a permanent place atop the list of rap’s biggest cash-cows.* Above all, Puff, the artist, has cranked out more than his far share of undisputed bangers and we picked 10 of our favorites.
* – “Respected” is subjective, by the way.