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"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 July 2001 and reached number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2]

"Bad Boy for Life"
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Single by P. Diddy, Black Rob and Mark Curry
from the album The Saga Continues...
ReleasedJuly 10, 2001 (2001-07-10)[1]
Format12" vinyl, CD single, maxi single
GenreHip hop
Length4:13
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)
Black Rob singles chronology
"Whoa!"
(2000)
"Bad Boy for Life"
(2001)
"Let's Get it"
(2001)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

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",[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Music videoEdit

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, and Snoop Dogg, boxer Mike Tyson, television host Pat O'Brien, basketball players Shaquille O'Neal and Baron Davis and rap rock band Crazy Town.[6] The video was nominated for Best Rap Video at both the 2002 MVPA Awards[7] and the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.[8]

Track listingEdit

12" vinyl (78612-79400-1)[9]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bad Boy for Life" (club mix)Wesley, Curry, Ross, Fisher, Goss4:09
2."Bad Boy for Life" (instrumental)Wesley, Curry, Ross, Fisher, Goss4:09
3."Bad Boy for Life" (radio mix)Wesley, Curry, Ross, Fisher, Goss4:09
4."Bad Boy for Life" (acapella)Wesley, Curry, Ross, Fisher, Goss4:09
Total length:16:36

Credits and samplesEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2001–02) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[14] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[15] 41
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[16] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[17] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 23
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 17
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 32
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 13
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[24] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 33
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles[2] 5
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40[2] 2
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[2] 15

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Patel, Minal (July 21, 2001). "The Rhythm Section". Billboard. 113 (29). Google Books. p. 24. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Billboard Singles". Diddy Charts & Awards. Allmusic. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Jason Birchmeier. "Review". Diddy - The Saga Continues. Allmusic. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  4. ^ David Browne (July 30, 2001). "The Saga Continues... Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  5. ^ Soren Baker (July 22, 2001). "P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family, "The Saga Continues ..."". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "P. Diddy - "Bad boy 4 life"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "The Music Video Production Association Announces This Year's Nominees For the 11th Annual MVPA Awards". PRNewswire. April 4, 2002. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  8. ^ "2002 Video Music Awards". MTV Video Music Awards. MTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  9. ^ "P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry - Bad Boy for Life (Vinyl)". 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 (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  12. ^ "P. Diddy, Black Rob, Mark Curry - Bad Boy for Life (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  13. ^ "P. Diddy, Black Rob, Mark Curry - Bad Boy for Life (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  14. ^ "Australian-charts.com – P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry – Bad Boy for Life". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  15. ^ "Austriancharts.at – P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry – Bad Boy for Life" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry – Bad Boy for Life" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry – Bad Boy for Life" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry – Bad Boy for Life" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry – Bad Boy for Life". Singles Top 100.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – P. Diddy, Black Rob & Mark Curry – Bad Boy for Life". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  24. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.