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20 Years A Bad Boy
By Ebonie Smith
20 Years A Bad Boy

This year marks 20 years since the birth of Bad Boy Records. A leader in Hip Hop and R&B, Bad Boy Records is responsible for many classics beginning with its first official hit single “Flava In Ya Ear” by Craig Mack in 1994. Though much has changed in the world of urban music, Bad Boy Records continues to be relevant and remains a home for great artists. Here is a list of highlights from Bad Boy’s 20-year reign of music excellence. 

1994: Bad Boy Partners With Arista Records, Releases “Flava In Ya Ear”

No one can forget P. Diddy’s nod to the classic line from The Warriors on Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” remix: “Bad boy, come out and play-ay.” This single was a platinum success for Bad Boy Records and placed the budding label on the map after signing a distribution deal with Clive Davis’ Arista Records. 

1995: Biggie’s Ready To Die Goes 2x Platinum 

Perhaps one of Bad Boy Records’ greatest achievements was bringing the musical stylings of The Notorious B.I.G. to the world. Ready To Die, Biggie’s debut album, was the first official Bad Boy Records album release. The record continues to be a treasured piece of Hip Hop heritage. Check out the official video for the hit single “Juicy”. 

1997: Bad Boy Memorializes Biggie With “I’ll Be Missing You”

After the death of The Notorious B.I.G. the world stopped to wonder about the future of Hip Hop music. In response to a collective need to memorialize Biggie, Bad Boy Records released “I’ll Be Missing You”, an ode to the life and legacy of the fallen star. The track is featured on P. Diddy’s album No Way Out

2005: Bad Boy Records Partners With Atlantic Records

Bad Boy Records became a member of the Atlantic Records family in 2005. During this time, the two teams worked collaboratively to release artists like Janelle Monáe, Danity Kane, Young Joc, Cassie and Gorilla Zoe. 

2010: Bad Boy Records Presents Janelle Monáe

Bad Boy Records releases Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III to much critical acclaim. Bad Boy founder Sean Combs is often credited for helping expose Janelle Monáe’s star to the world. 

2014: The Legacy Continues...

Celebrate 20 years of Bad Boy and check out the Bad Boy 20 page on iTunes. There are tons of videos, albums and previously unreleased content for your listening and viewing pleasure!

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This year marks 20 years since the birth of Bad Boy Records. A leader in Hip Hop and R&B, Bad Boy Records is responsible for many classics beginning with its first official hit single “Flava In Ya Ear” by Craig Mack in 1994. Though much has changed in the world of urban music, Bad Boy Records continues to be relevant and remains a home for great artists. Here is a list of highlights from Bad Boy’s 20-year reign of music excellence. 

1994: Bad Boy Partners With Arista Records, Releases “Flava In Ya Ear”

No one can forget P. Diddy’s nod to the classic line from The Warriors on Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” remix: “Bad boy, come out and play-ay.” This single was a platinum success for Bad Boy Records and placed the budding label on the map after signing a distribution deal with Clive Davis’ Arista Records. 

1995: Biggie’s Ready To Die Goes 2x Platinum 

Perhaps one of Bad Boy Records’ greatest achievements was bringing the musical stylings of The Notorious B.I.G. to the world. Ready To Die, Biggie’s debut album, was the first official Bad Boy Records album release. The record continues to be a treasured piece of Hip Hop heritage. Check out the official video for the hit single “Juicy”. 

1997: Bad Boy Memorializes Biggie With “I’ll Be Missing You”

After the death of The Notorious B.I.G. the world stopped to wonder about the future of Hip Hop music. In response to a collective need to memorialize Biggie, Bad Boy Records released “I’ll Be Missing You”, an ode to the life and legacy of the fallen star. The track is featured on P. Diddy’s album No Way Out

2005: Bad Boy Records Partners With Atlantic Records

Bad Boy Records became a member of the Atlantic Records family in 2005. During this time, the two teams worked collaboratively to release artists like Janelle Monáe, Danity Kane, Young Joc, Cassie and Gorilla Zoe. 

2010: Bad Boy Records Presents Janelle Monáe

Bad Boy Records releases Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III to much critical acclaim. Bad Boy founder Sean Combs is often credited for helping expose Janelle Monáe’s star to the world. 

2014: The Legacy Continues...

Celebrate 20 years of Bad Boy and check out the Bad Boy 20 page on iTunes. There are tons of videos, albums and previously unreleased content for your listening and viewing pleasure!

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