Puff Daddy hosting Bad Boy reunion

NEW YORK • Puff Daddy is getting the family back together again.

The rap mogul will host One Night Only, a Bad Boy Records reunion, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 20, featuring performances by Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, 112, Mase, Faith Evans, Lil' Kim, the Lox, French Montana, Total and Mario Winans.

The throwback to the 1990s heyday of New York hip-hop and R&B will also celebrate the Notorious B.I.G., who would have turned 44 the following day.

The rapper was murdered in 1997 at the age of 24.

"This isn't just another concert - this is hip-hop history," Puff Daddy, born Sean Combs and also known as Diddy, said in a statement.

Tickets will be available on Saturday via livenation.com.

The gathering follows the test-run Bad Boy reunion onstage at the 2015 BET Awards, which Puff Daddy said could lead to a tour. He followed that performance with a mixtape, MMM, although no additional concert dates have been announced.

Evans, the singer and widow of the Notorious B.I.G., also announced this week that new music from the rapper might be on its way.

She said in a radio interview that a duets project, The King & I, is in the "finishing stages", although no release date was given.

"If he was alive, I know we would've done something like this," Evans said. "The way it's coming together, the way I'm using his vocals, it's just giving his stuff new life."

She added that she would be open to performing live with a hologram of the Notorious B.I.G., as has been tried with Tupac Shakur and Whitney Houston, although those plans are still "in development".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2016, with the headline 'Puff Daddy hosting Bad Boy reunion'. Print Edition | Subscribe