Don’t think P. Diddy is going to celebrate Bad Boy’s 10th anniversary this year with just one of his usual soirees filled with his millionaire superstar friends. While the Cristal is sure to flow at some point, P.D. is currently gearing up to release a Bad Boy 10th anniversary CD/DVD on March 9, the seven-year anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G.’s tragic death.
The label is keeping a tight clasp on information about the album, but a source close to the project has revealed one bit of blockbuster information. Diddy is working on a remix of his Biggie-featured track “Victory” for the LP, but this new version will feature even more guests — Bad Boy is in the process of securing vocals from Eminem, 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks for the cut. The DVD portion of the project is said to document Bad Boy’s historic rise as a company.
The birth of his label isn’t the only anniversary Diddy will commemorate in 2004. It’s been 20 years since the newest — but most experienced — members of Bad Boy, New Edition, made the jump from the small Warlock Records over to the major MCA and released their self-titled album, which featured the hits “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man.” New Edition are just about done with their latest LP and in the midst of choosing a leadoff single. Ralph, Johnny, Mike, Ronnie and Ricky are on schedule to have an album on shelves May 11.
Before N.E., Bad Boy is slated to put out Carl Thomas’ second LP, Let’s Talk About It, on March 23 and new album from 8Ball and MJG on April 27. Bad Boy’s Da Band haven’t announced a release date yet, but the six-person collective is in the studio working on its sophomore LP. Don’t be surprised if you hear whispers about a Mario Winans project sometime soon as well — he’s working on his debut, and a song with P. Diddy called “I Don’t Wanna Know” is already on some radio stations and mixtapes.