Bad Boy for Life

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"Bad Boy for Life"
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Single by P. Diddy, Black Rob and Mark Curry
from the album The Saga Continues...
Released November 27, 2001 (2001-11-27)
Format 12" vinyl, CD single, maxi single
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:13
Label
Songwriter(s) Dorsey Wesley, Mark Curry, Robert Ross, Jamel Fisher, Drayton Goss
Producer(s) Megahertz
P. Diddy singles chronology
"Let's Get It"
(2001)
"Bad Boy for Life"
(2001)
"Diddy"
(2001)
"Let's Get It"
(2001)
"Bad Boy for Life"
(2001)
"Diddy"
(2001)
Black Rob singles chronology
Whoa!
(2000) Whoa!2000
Bad Boy for Life
(2001) String Module Error: Match not found2001
The Saga Continues... track listing
"The Saga Continues"
(1)
"Bad Boy for Life"
(2)
"Toe Game"
(3)

"Bad Boy for Life" is a song by American rappers P. Diddy, Black Rob and Mark Curry, featured on Diddy's 2001 third album The Saga Continues.... Produced by Megahertz (Dorsey Wesley), it was released as the second single from the album in November 2001 and reached number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] This song appears on the soundtrack for WWE 2K17 which Diddy himself is an executive producer for its soundtrack.

Background[edit]

In reviews of the album, "Bad Boy for Life" has been identified as a declaration of strength by Diddy's label Bad Boy Records. Jason Birchmeier of music website Allmusic explains that the song summarises the claim "that [the] Bad Boy empire is in fact still an empire",[2] while Entertainment Weekly reviewer David Browne similarly points out the lyric "It's official/I survived what I been through" as a declaration of strength.[3] Soren Baker of the Los Angeles Times identifies "Bad Boy for Life", in addition to previous single "Let's Get It", as particularly important to the success of the album.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Bad Boy for Life" was directed by Chris Robinson, filmed in June 2001 and released in early July, and features a number of cameo appearances including guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Travis Barker, actor Ben Stiller, actor Richard Dunn, rappers Xzibit, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, boxer Mike Tyson, television host Pat O'Brien, basketball players Shaquille O'Neal, Baron Davis and rap rock band Crazy Town.[5] The video was nominated for Best Rap Video at both the 2002 MVPA Awards[6] and the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.[7]

Track listing[edit]

12" vinyl (78612-79400-1)[8]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad Boy for Life" (club mix) Wesley, Curry, Ross, Fisher, Goss 4:09
2. "Bad Boy for Life" (instrumental) Wesley, Curry, Ross, Fisher, Goss 4:09
3. "Bad Boy for Life" (radio mix) Wesley, Curry, Ross, Fisher, Goss 4:09
4. "Bad Boy for Life" (acapella) Wesley, Curry, Ross, Fisher, Goss 4:09
Total length: 16:36

Credits and samples[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2001–02) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 33
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles[1] 5
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40[1] 2
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[1] 15
Australian Singles Chart[13] 20
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 41
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[15] 14
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[16] 7
Dutch Singles Chart[17] 17
Swedish Singles Chart[18] 32
Swiss Singles Chart[19] 20
UK Singles Chart[20] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Billboard Singles". Diddy Charts & Awards. Allmusic. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jason Birchmeier. "Review". Diddy - The Saga Continues. Allmusic. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ David Browne (July 30, 2001). "The Saga Continues... Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Soren Baker (July 22, 2001). "P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family, "The Saga Continues ..."". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "P. Diddy - "Bad boy 4 life"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Music Video Production Association Announces This Year's Nominees For the 11th Annual MVPA Awards". PRNewswire. April 4, 2002. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2002 Video Music Awards". MTV Video Music Awards. MTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry - Bad Boy for Life (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry - Bad Boy for Life (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "P. Diddy, Black Rob, Mark Curry - Bad Boy for Life (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ "P. Diddy, Black Rob, Mark Curry - Bad Boy for Life (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ "P. Diddy, Black Rob, Mark Curry - Bad Boy for Life (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Discography P. Diddy". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Discographie P. Diddy". austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Archived from the original on December 29, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Discografie P. Diddy". ultratop.be (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Discographie P. Diddy". ultratop.be (in French). Hung Medien. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Discografie P. Diddy". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Discography P. Diddy". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on November 22, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Discography P. Diddy". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on December 8, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  20. ^ "P Diddy Featuring Black Rob & Mark Curry Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2012.