Forever (Puff Daddy album)

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Forever
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Studio album by Puff Daddy
Released August 24, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre East Coast hip hop, pop rap
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. "Satisfy You"
    Released: October 13, 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 second studio album by American hip hop recoding artist Puff Daddy released on August 24, 1999 in North America by Bad Boy Records, with a release in the United Kingdom the following day. This was the first Puff Daddy album released under just the name "Puff Daddy" as his debut album was released under "Puff Daddy & the Bad Boy Family".

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 album chart. To date, the album has received positive to mixed reviews from music critics, and has spawned three singles that have attained Billboard chart success. In late 1999, Forever was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping over one million units in North America.

Background and production[edit]

Nearly two years after Combs released his first joint collaboration album, No Way Out, which debuted 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 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. During the summer of 1998, the recording for Combs' debut album began to take place, and then to commence on the following year.

Commercial performance[edit]

Forever debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 selling 205,343 copies behind Christina Aguilera's self-titled album with first week sales of 252,800 copies.[7] The album opened at the top spot of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[8] In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at number nine on the UK Albums Chart.[9] The album debuted at number one on the UK R&B Chart.[10] In Canada, the album opened at number four on the Canadian Albums Chart, becoming Combs' highest charting album in the country. As of September 24, 1999, Forever has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for selling 1,000,000 copies.[11] To date, the album has sold 1.4 million copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Forever (Intro)"     Sean "Puffy" Combs and Mario Winans for The Hitmen 1:51
2. "What You Want"  
  • Combs
  • Zach White
Zach White 4:30
3. "I'll Do This for You"  
  • Combs
  • Carl Driggs
  • Ish Ledesma
  • Kelly Price
  • Ron Lawrence
  • Mario Winans
Sean "Puffy" Combs, Mario Winans and Ron Lawrence for The Hitmen 5:00
4. "Do You Like It... Do You Want It..."  
Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool for The Hitmen 3:54
5. "Satisfy You"  
Sean "Puffy" Combs and Jeffrey "J-Dub" Walker for The Hitmen 4:48
6. "Is This the End (Part 2)"  
Sean "Puffy" Combs and Dent for The Hitmen 4:40
7. "I Hear Voices"  
  • Combs
  • Nashiem Myrick
  • Carlos Broady
  • Mark Curry
  • Janet Feder
Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nashiem Myrick and Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen 5:14
8. "Fake Thugs Dedication"   Sean "Puffy" Combs for the Hitmen 3:13
9. "Diddy Speaks! (Interlude)"     Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen 1:11
10. "Angels with Dirty Faces"  
Sean "Puffy" Combs and Ron Lawrence for The Hitmen 4:10
11. "Gangsta Shit"   Sean "Puffy" Combs and Mario Winans for The Hitmen 4:42
12. "P.S. 112 (Interlude)"   Harve Pierre Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre 0:59
13. "Pain"  
Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nashiem Myrick and Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen 3:56
14. "Reverse"   Nashiem Myrick and Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen 5:07
15. "Real Niggas"   Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen 4:01
16. "Journey Through the Life"  
Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nashiem Myrick, & Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen 4:55
17. "Best Friend"  
Sean "Puffy" Combs, Mario Winans for The Hitmen 5:32
18. "Mad Rapper (Interlude)"   Deric Angelettie Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen 1:14
19. "P.E. 2000"   Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen 4:52
Notes
Sample credits

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

Singles[edit]

Single Information
"P.E. 2000"
  • Released: 1999
  • Hot Rap Singles: #6
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #34
"Satisfy You"
  • Released: 1999
  • Billboard Hot 100: #2
  • Hot Rap Singles: #1
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #1
"Do You Like It... Do You Want It..."
  • Released: 1999
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #67

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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