Victory (Puff Daddy song)

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"Victory"
Puff Daddy - Victory.jpg
Single by Puff Daddy featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes
from the album No Way Out
ReleasedMarch 31, 1998
Format
RecordedMarch 8th, 1997
GenreHip hop
Length4:55
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Sean Combs
  • Bill Conti
  • Steven Jordan
  • Jason Phillips
  • Trevor Smith
  • Christopher Wallace
Producer(s)
Puff Daddy singles chronology
"Nothin' Move But the Money"
(1998)
"Victory"
(1998)
"Come with Me"
(1998)
The Notorious B.I.G. singles chronology
"Sky's the Limit"
(1997)
"Victory"
(1998)
"Dead Wrong"
(1999)
Busta Rhymes singles chronology
"Turn It Up (Remix)/Fire It Up"
(1998)
"Victory"
(1998)
"Gimme Some More"
(1998)

"Victory" is a song recorded by American hip hop recording artist Puff Daddy. The song was originally written by The Notorious B.I.G., 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 raps 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 recorded by The Notorious B.I.G. before his 1997 death as these verses were recorded a day before his shooting. The song was used for the video game by 2K Sports, NBA 2K13 by Puff Daddy and the Family featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes. This was re-used for the soundtrack of NBA 2K18.

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 AD, 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 appears in the video only through archive footage due to his death a year earlier.[1][2]

The production costs ran upwards of $2,700,000.[3] It is listed as one of the most expensive music videos ever made.

Remixes and Freestyles[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 2003, while not remixed, the song was used as the main theme in EA Sports Fight Night 2004.
  • 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.
  • In 2010, British rapper Lowkey used the instrumental for his diss track The Warning which was aimed at Chip. The freestyle was a result of an altercation on Twitter between the pair.[4][5]

Track listing[edit]

Victory (Remixes)[1]
  1. Victory (Album Version) (4:58)
  2. Victory (Nine Inch Nails Remix) (5:33)
  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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yoshii (2010-08-26), Puff Daddy - Victory (full), retrieved 2017-05-10
  2. ^ Yoshii (2010-08-26), Puff Daddy - Victory (full), retrieved 2017-05-10
  3. ^ "Soyouwanna.com - Ten most expensive music videos". Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  4. ^ Lowkey VS Chipmunk – The Sage Continues Archived 8 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine The LALA Report Wednesday, 16 June 2010
  5. ^ Tom Talks the Truth: Lowkey v. Chipmunk beef Published: 30 July 2010. Accessed: 9 February 2019
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  7. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Diddy, P. and the Family – Victory". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.