Victory (Puff Daddy song)

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"Victory"
Single by Puff Daddy featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes
from the album No Way Out
Released March 17, 1998
Format CD single, 12" single, cassette,
digital download
Recorded 1997
Genre East coast rap, mafioso rap
Length 4:55
Label Bad Boy, Arista
Writer(s) Christopher Wallace, Jason Phillips, Steven Jordan, Trevor Smith, Bill Conti
Producer(s) Sean Combs and Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Puff Daddy singles chronology
"Been Around the World"
(1997)
"Victory"
(1998)
"Come with Me"
(1998)
Busta Rhymes singles chronology
"Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up"
(1998)
"Victory"
(1998)
"Gimme Some More"
(1998)
The Notorious B.I.G. singles chronology
"It's All About the Benjamins"
(1997)
"Victory"
(1998)
"Notorious B.I.G."
(1999)

"Victory" is a song recorded by American hip hop recording artist Puff Daddy. The song was originally written by Christopher Wallace, Trevor Smith, Jason Phillips and Steven Jordan for his debut studio album No Way Out (1997). It features heavy use of mafioso-style lyrics, as was popular at the time. It features The Notorious B.I.G., who raps two verses, and Busta Rhymes, who sings the song's chorus. The song also heavily sampled the Bill Conti song "Going the Distance", which featured on the soundtrack to the movie Rocky making it a darker start to a rap album that featured many (at the time) club-standard singles. The song was released as a single in 1998, peaking at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song featured the very last verses Biggie ever recorded before his tragic death in 1997.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Marcus Nispel on March 31, 1998 (although he was supposed to remain anonymous at the time of premiere) and is an homage to The Running Man. The almost eight-minute-long video featured cameos from Dennis Hopper as a New World Order dictator ("President Victor Castiglione") and Danny DeVito as a live action reporter. Tamara Beckwith was also in the video. Hopper and Devito reportedly appeared in the video pro bono as a favor to Combs.

Sean Combs' character (known as "Contestant #5" or codename "PD") runs through the dark streets of the year 3002 A.D., chased by armed gestapo-esque forces of Chase TV. At one point, Contestant #5 is cornered on a rooftop, where he decides to leap off instead of submitting to the armed troops.

Footage from Biggie's "One More Chance" video was used in "ghost" images, representing a flashback for Sean Comb's character. Busta Rhymes, dressed in black feathers, raps atop a statue representing Victoria, the goddess of victory. The Victoria statue overlooks the chase scenes. Biggie did not appear in the video due to his death a year earlier.

The production costs ran upwards of $2,700,000.[1] It is listed as one of the most expensive music videos ever made.

Remixes[edit]

  • In 2002, 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks freestyled over the instrumental for their mixtape, No Mercy, No Fear, which Diddy used a year later as the official remix, "Victory 2004", for Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits album. This remix also has a new verse from P. Diddy.
  • In 2009, there was an unofficial remix leaked that featured 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Diddy, Busta Rhymes, The Notorious B.I.G., and also features Jay-Z rapping over Diddy's first lines.
  • In 2010, another unofficial remix titled "Legends" leaked which featured Diddy, 50 Cent, 2Pac and an unknown artist. The original "Victory" beat was replaced with a motivational-emotional Piano and String instrumental.
  • One was also made for the video game by 2K Sports for the video game, NBA 2k13 by Puff Daddy and the Family featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes.

Track listing[edit]

Victory (Remixes)[1]
  1. Victory (Album Version) (4:58)
  2. Victory (Nine Inch Nails Remix) (5:33)
  • Producer, Featuring - Trent Reznor
  • Remix - Nine Inch Nails
  1. Victory (Drama Mix) (4:58)
  • Vocals - Ron Grant, Terri Hawkins
  1. Bad Boy's "Been Around The World" (Remix) (5:30)
  • Co-remix - Jay Garfield Additional Production By: Jesse WIlson
  • Featuring - Mase
  • Producer - Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence
  • Remix - Nashiem Myrick
  • Vocals - Carl Thomas

Charts[edit]

End of year chart (1998) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 19

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