Been Around the World

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For the original Lisa Stansfield song featuring this lyric, see All Around the World (Lisa Stansfield song).
"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 1996–97
Genre Pop rap, East Coast hip hop, Dance
Length 4:36
Label Bad Boy
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 Platinum (RIAA)
Puff Daddy singles chronology
"Mo Money Mo Problems"
"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 listing[edit]

  1. Radio Edit
  2. Rock Remix l
  3. Rock Remix ll
  4. It's All About The Benjamins (Album Version)


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

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard Top 10, January 3, 1998
  2. ^ Billboard Top 10, January 10, 1998
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Puff Daddy – Been Around the World". Recorded Music NZ. 
  5. ^ "American single certifications – Diddy, P. and the Family – Been Around the World". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  6. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1997". Billboard (BPI Communications Inc.) 110 (5): 76. January 31, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard (BPI Communications Inc.) 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 

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