Bad Boy Records Documentary To Debut At Tribeca Film Festival With Reunion Concert
Just over one week ago, Warren G’s G-Funk documentary screened at South By Southwest. Another major Rap development of the early 1990s, Bad Boy Records will be the next Hip-Hop doc’ to hit screens this season. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story, directed by Daniel Kaufman is scheduled to screen at Tribeca Film Festival on April 27. Tickets are available tomorrow.
The feature film analyzes the hit-making record label founded by Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs. A former intern-turned-Talent Director at Uptown Records, the man later known as Diddy would establish his own imprint, Bad Boy Records, and ignite the careers of Biggie Smalls (who he brought with him), Ma$e, Faith Evans, 112, The LOX, Craig Mack, and others. Filming reportedly looks at the earliest days of the New York City based label, its meteoric rise on the charts, and hardships—none bigger than the 1997 killing of The Notorious B.I.G. Last year, Puffy reunited with many of his artists and close label affiliates (including Lil’ Kim and DMX) for a nationwide tour.
In celebration of the sanctioned documentary, Puff Daddy announced that on April 27, following the Beacon Theatre screening, he will perform with Kim, Faith, and Ma$e (who was also at SxSW last week).
“New York is home. This is where Bad Boy began, where the movement started. There was never a question in my mind that this film would premiere right here where it all started,” Diddy says in a press statement. “This is the story of our family… the biggest names in Hip-Hop history… and what happens when we came together for the first time in two decades. There were ups and downs, a lot of hard work and sacrifice… and more than anything, you see that love that only exists in a family.”
Last year, Bad Boy released a five-disc 20th anniversary box set. Other recent Hip-Hop documentaries have released on Organized Noize, Stretch & Bobbito, and even former Bad Boy breakout Craig Mack. Last month, one of Bad Boy’s longtime producers, Ron “Amen-Ra” Lawrence made his own Hip-Hop documentary directorial debut, The Rap Dimension.
Last week, Puff’, Kim, and Faith joined Ms. Violetta Wallace (Biggie’s mother) for a permanent Brooklyn Nets number dedication ceremony at the Barclays Center.