Been Around the World

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"Been Around the World"
Single by Puff Daddy featuring The Notorious B.I.G and Mase
from the album No Way Out
Released August 12, 1997 United States
October 20, 1997 United Kingdom
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded 1997
Genre Pop rap, east coast hip hop
Length 4:36
Label Arista
Writer(s) David Bowie, Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney, Andy Morris, Sean Combs, Ron Lawrence, Mason Betha, Christopher Wallace, Deric Angelettie
Producer(s) Ron Lawrence, Deric Angelettie
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Puff Daddy featuring The Notorious B.I.G and Mase singles chronology
"It's All About the Benjamins"
"Been Around the World"

"Been Around the World" is a 1997 single from the Puff Daddy album No Way Out, featuring The Notorious B.I.G and Mase. The song sampled David Bowie's 1983 hit song "Let's Dance" and Roy Ayers's "Feelin’ Good"; it also featured a vocal interpolation of Lisa Stansfield's song "All Around the World", sung by The Notorious B.I.G. in the chorus. In the album version, the song concludes with a skit featuring an interview with "The Mad Producer".

The song was released as a single on August 12, 1997; it was the fourth single released from the album. Like the previous three singles, which all reached No. 1 or No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Been Around the World" hit No. 2 on the chart, in the first two weeks of 1998;[1][2] it was kept out of the No. 1 spot by Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" (the best-selling single of all time). "Been Around the World" did reach No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.

A music video for the song was directed by Paul Hunter it featured Mase and Puff Daddy as spies. The video included appearances by Vivica A. Fox, Quincy Jones, Wyclef Jean and Jennifer Lopez.

Track listings[edit]

CD-Maxi Arista 74321 53037 2 (BMG) 20.10.1997

  1. Been Around the World (Radio Mix) 4:04
  2. Been Around the World (Album Version) 3:58
  3. Puff Daddy & The Family feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim & #The Lox - It's All About the Benjamins (Album Version) 4:38
  4. Puff Daddy & The Family feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim & #The Lox - It's All About the Benjamins (Mo Cheddar Mix) 4:29


The song's official remix features Mase & Carl Thomas.


Peak positions[edit]

Been Around The World Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
UK Singles Chart 20

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1998) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 19


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