Forever (Puff Daddy album)
|Studio album by Puff Daddy|
|Released||August 24, 1999|
|Genre||East Coast hip hop, pop rap|
|Label||Bad Boy, Arista|
|Producer||Sean "Puffy" Combs (exec.), The Hitmen (also exec.)|
|Puff Daddy chronology|
|Singles from Forever|
|Los Angeles Times|||
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
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.
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. The album opened at the top spot of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at number nine on the UK Albums Chart. The album debuted at number one on the UK R&B Chart. 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. To date, the album has sold 1.4 million copies worldwide.
01 Forever (Intro)
02 What You Want
03 I’ll Do This For You (feat. Kelly Price)
04 Do You Like It… Do You Want It… (feat. Jay-Z)
05 Satisfy You (feat. R.Kelly)
06 Is This The End Pt. 2 (feat. Twista)
07 I Hear Voices (feat. Carl Thomas)
08 Fake Thugs Dedication (feat. Redman)
09 Diddy Speaks!
10 Angels With Dirty Faces (feat. Bizzy Bone)
11 Gangsta Shit (feat. Lil’ Kim & Mark Curry)
12 P.S. 112
13 Pain (feat. G-Dep)
14 Reverse (feat. Shyne, G-Dep, Cee-Lo, Busta Rhymes & Sauce Money)
15 Real Niggas (feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Lil’ Kim)
16 Journey Through The Life (feat. Nas, Beanie Siegel, Lil’ Kim & Joe Hooker)
17 Best Friend (feat. Mario Winans)
18 Mad Rapper
19 P.E. 2000 (feat. Hurricane G)
- "Forever" features uncredited vocals by Jennifer Lopez.
- "I'll Do This for You" features vocals by Kelly Price.
- "Do You Like It... Do You Want It" features vocals by Jay-Z.
- "Satisfy You" features vocals by R. Kelly and additional vocals by Kelly Price.
- "Is This the End (Part 2)" features vocals by Twista.
- "I Hear Voices" features vocals by Carl Thomas.
- "Fake Thugs Dedication" features vocals by Redman.
- "Angels with Dirty Faces" features vocals by Bizzy Bone.
- "Gangsta Shit" features vocals by The Queen Bee and Mark Curry.
- "Pain" features vocals by G-Dep and uncredited background vocals by Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott.
- "Reverse" features vocals by G-Dep, Sauce Money, Shyne, Busta Rhymes, Redman and Cee-Lo Green.
- "Real Niggas" features vocals by The Queen Bee and The Notorious B.I.G.
- "Journey Through the Life" features vocals by The Queen Bee, Joe Hooker, Beanie Sigel and Nas.
- "Best Friend" features vocals by Mario Winans.
- "Madd Rapper (Interlude)" features vocals by The Madd Rapper.
- "P.E. 2000" features vocals by Hurricane G.
- Sample credits
- "Journey Through the Life" contains a sample of "For the Good Times" written by Kris Kristofferson as performed by Al Green.
- "I'll Do This for You" contains a sample of "Get Off" written by Carl Driggs and Ish Ledesma as performed by Foxy.
- "Do You Want It... Do You Like It..." contains an interpolation of "Wanna Get Paid" as performed by LL Cool J and The Lost Boyz.
- "I Hear Voices" contains a sample of "Bamboo Child" by Ryo Kawasaki.
- "Fake Thugs Dedication" samples "Paper Thin" written by Lana Michelle Moorer and Freddie Byrd as performed by MC Lyte and "Shining Star" written by Maurice White, Larry Dunn and Philip Bailey as performed by Earth, Wind & Fire.
- "Angels with Dirty Faces" samples "Fantasy" written by Maurice White, Verdine White and Eddie del Barrio as performed by Earth, Wind & Fire.
- "Satisfy You" samples "I Got 5 On It" written by Jerold Dwight Ellis III and Garrick Husbands as performed by Luniz, "Why You Treat Me So Bad" written by Denzil Foster, Jay King and Thomas McElroy as performed by Club Nouveau and "Sexual Healing" written by Marvin Gaye and Odell Brown as performed by Gaye.
- "P.E. 2000" contains a sample of "Public Enemy No.1" written by Carlton Douglas Ridenhour and Hank Shocklee as performed by Public Enemy and "Blow Your Head" written by Fred Wesley and James Brown as performed by Wesley and The J.B.'s.
- "Best Friend" contains a sample of "Sailing" written and performed by Christopher Cross.
- "Pain (Forever)" contains a sample of "Benjamin" written and performed by Les McCann and "Children's Story"
- "Real Niggas" contains a sample of "Real Niggaz" written by Christopher Wallace as performed by The Notorious B.I.G.
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|"Do You Like It... Do You Want It..."
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