Puff Daddy enlisted Bad Boy artists Lil Kim, Faith Evans, Ma$e and R&B singer Carl Thomas to celebrate the world premiere of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story at New York’s Beacon Theatre Thursday night.
Following the screening, the label roster performed a medley of some of their biggest hits, kicking off with a glamorous Lil Kim delivering her verse from the remix of Mobb Deep’s 1999 hit “Quiet Storm.” “Big Momma Thang” did not fare as well, as the vocal backing track – the ghost of Lil Kim past – drowned out the singer’s live vocals. Faith Evans and Carl Thomas appeared next to perform triumphant versions of their signature songs “You Used to Love Me” and “I Wish,” respectively.
By the time the intro to “Victory” blared over the loudspeakers, the audience, which included Clive Davis, Andre Harrell and Fab 5 Freddy, was Diddy’s to control. After Ma$e appeared, darting around the stage and smiling with a confident insouciance, to perform “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” the duo blazed through a mini-medley victory lap that included “Feel So Good,” “All About the Benjamins” and “Mo Money Mo Problems.”
In the documentary, appearing exclusively on Apple Music beginning June 25th, Combs uses a pair of 2016 Bad Boy reunion shows in Brooklyn as a springboard for the slick, Live Nation-produced film about his rise from Uptown Records intern to record-label CEO. Rappers (Nas, Jay Z) and industry vets (Clive Davis, Jimmy Iovine) weigh in, while footage of the intense rehearsals for the show highlight the subject’s blunt, perfectionist vision – he repeatedly tells an engineer to “fix your energy” – that’s frustrated some but entertained many more.