Forever (Puff Daddy album)

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Forever
Studio album by Puff Daddy
Released August 24, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, pop rap, R&B
Length 73:49
Label Bad Boy, Arista
Producer Sean "Puffy" Combs (exec.), The Hitmen (also exec.)
Puff Daddy chronology
No Way Out
(1997)
Forever
(1999)
The Saga Continues...
(2001)
Singles from Forever
  1. "P.E. 2000"
    Released: July 6, 1999
  2. "Satisfy You"
    Released: October 13, 1999
  3. "Do You Like It... Do You Want It..."
    Released: December 19, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau C+[4]
Rolling Stone unfavorable[5]
USA Today 3/4 stars[6]

Forever is the debut solo studio album (and second overall) by American rapper and producer Puff Daddy released on August 24, 1999 in North America by Bad Boy Entertainment, with a release in the United Kingdom the following day.

Forever received generally favorable to mixed reviews from most music critics, directed at the heavy use of sampling in Combs' work, as well as commercially changing hip-hop music simultaneously, which caused controversy at the time. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and entered at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for one week, before being knocked off the top spot by Mary J. Blige's fourth album, Mary, which topped the R&B albums chart for two weeks. To date, the album has received positive to mixed reviews from music critics, and has spawned three singles that have attained Billboard chart success.

Background and production[edit]

The album comes nearly two years after Combs joint collaboration album, No Way Out, which opened on the US Billboard 200 at number one, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in February 1998, whereas Combs (under the name "Puff Daddy"), was nominated for Best New Artist, which he lost. He also collaborated with Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, for the single "Come with Me" for the 1998 poorly received film Godzilla. The song had sampled "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin, and reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart, whilst stalling at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He was also obligated to star as Willie Beamen in the motion picture, Any Given Sunday, the role however went to Jamie Foxx.

Recording for Combs' debut album began in the summer of 1998, and would commence the following year. Around this time, Combs was spoofed by various American hip-hop artists, as well as critics, for watering down and commercializing the East Coast hip hop genre at the time, and was lampooned by various TV show sketch comedies, such as Mad TV, and Saturday Night Live, wherein he was parodied by Phil LaMarr and Tim Meadows, in a much broader and comedic light.

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart at number two, selling an estimated 205,000 copies in its first week sales, while topping the R&B Albums chart at number one. In the UK, the album peaked at number nine on the UK Albums Chart. In Canada, the album opened at number four on the Canadian Albums Chart, becoming Combs' highest charting album. To date, the album has sold 1.4 million copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Featured Artists Producer(s)
1 "Forever" (Intro) 1:51 Sean "Puffy" Combs & Mario Winans for The Hitmen
2 "What You Want" 4:30 Lil' Kim Zach White
3 "I'll Do This for You" 5:00 Kelly Price & Mase Sean "Puffy" Combs, Mario Winans, & Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen
4 "Do You Like It... Do You Want It..." 3:54 Jay-Z Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen & Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool
5 "Satisfy You" 4:48 R. Kelly Sean "Puffy" Combs & Jeffery "J-Dub" Walker for The Hitmen
6 "Is This the End (Part 2)" 4:40 Twista & Cheri Dennis Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen & Dent
7 "I Hear Voices" 5:14 Carl Thomas Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nashiem Myrick, & Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen
8 "Fake Thugs Dedication" 3:13 Redman Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen
9 "Diddy Speaks!" (Interlude) 1:11 Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen
10 "Angels with Dirty Faces" 4:10 Bizzy Bone Sean "Puffy" Combs & Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen
11 "Gangsta Shit" 4:42 Lil' Kim & Mark Curry Sean "Puffy" Combs & Mario Winans for The Hitmen
12 "P.S. 112" (Interlude) 0:59 Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre
13 "Pain" 3:56 G-Dep Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nashiem Myrick, & Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen
14 "Reverse" 5:07 Busta Rhymes, Cee Lo Green, G-Dep, Redman, Sauce Money & Shyne Nashiem Myrick & Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen
15 "Real Niggas" 4:01 Lil' Kim & The Notorious B.I.G. Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen
16 "Journey Through the Life" 4:55 Lil' Kim, Joe Hooker, Beanie Sigel & Nas Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nashiem Myrick, & Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen
17 "Best Friend" 5:32 Mario Winans & Hezekiah Walker Sean "Puffy" Combs & Mario Winans for The Hitmen
18 "Mad Rapper" (Interlude) 1:14 The Madd Rapper Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen
19 "P.E. 2000" 4:52 Hurricane G Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen
Sample credits

Charts and certifications[edit]