Song:I'll Be Missing You
Album:No Way Out
Sean Combs is a record producer who has occasionally recorded as a rapper. The 1997 chart topper I'll Be Missing you was his biggest hit. He was born Nov. 4, 1969 on Harlem, NY. and he grew up in Mount Vernon. His father was a drug dealer who was murdered when Combs was a child. Combs' childhood nickname was Puff because that's what he would so when he got angry. In 1990 he became an intern at Uptown Records and he produced Mary J. Blige's early records. He started his own label Bad Boy Entertainment with Arista Records in 1993. His most successful artist was rapper The Notorious B.I.G. He had success with other artists like Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, 112 and Total. Then Combs starts thinking about recording as Puff Daddy. After the single Can't Nobody Hold Me Down tops the Billboard Hot 100, Combs recorded the album No Way Out. It was before the album's release that the Notorious B.I.G. was murdered. So Combs decided to turn No Way Out into a tribute. That's when I'll Be Missing You was recorded. It's obviously based on The Police hit Every Breath You Take and Sting got all the songwriting royalties. The song features Faith Evans who was married to B.I.G. and the vocal group 112. Faith's ad libbed bridge of the spiritual I'll Fly Away cost Combs money as the publisher sued him for royalties. Combs may have thought the song was public domain. The single was one of 1997's biggest hits and the album No Way Out was certified 7XPlatinum. Combs has had a few other hit singles. But he doesn't record enough under his own name for Sony to release a comp. No Way out is available on CD. Of course Combs does all kinds of things including acting. He has been working on an album titled No Way Out 2. He says that after that is released, he will quit the music business and concentrate on acting. We'll see what he actually does as he can be flaky. Here's the video for I'll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy & The Family featuring Faith Evans and 112.