DMX Joins Puff Daddy & Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour For Remaining Dates

With at least more than eight US concert dates remaining, Puff Daddy has upped the ante on his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour. The label’s founder and CEO added DMX to the list of headliners this week. Besides Puff, the artists on the tour include Ma$e, The LOX, Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim, Total, 112, Carl Thomas, French Montana, and others. X joins Kim as a non-Bad Boy artist who retained close ties to the label.

Puffy made the announcement on Twitter yesterday (September 16):

The Yonkers, New York MC would sign with Def Jam Records in the mid-1990s, with his Ruff Ryders management. However, after his Sony deal from the earlier part of the decade dissolved, X stepped to Bad Boy. Accord to D, Puffy passed on the raucous MC, citing he was too gritty. When DMX’s profile built, Bad Boy reportedly extended a better offer than Def Jam. The rapper born Earl Simmons chose Def Jam, based on creative control. There, he released five #1 albums—all achieving platinum success or better.

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Dark Man X, who would help get his hometown friends The LOX signed at Bad Boy, would appear on top-selling albums by Ma$e and MGK over the years.

This week (September 13), Rolling Stone profiled the tour. In addition to revealing Ma$e’s 25 pound weight loss for the tour, or Total member Pamela Long revealing that she had been working at White Castle since the group’s disbandment, Puffy spoke at the significance.

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“To be honest, for the amount of dates we doin’, I’m losing a lot of money,” Puffy told Christopher Weingarten. “This is not about the money. This is about the music. This is about the people putting on a great show and making sure that they see the legacy in the right way. Every night, what I do get is the priceless payment of people giving a standing ovation and dancing for two and a half hours. That’s the only payment I need.I can’t take no money with me. There ain’t no U-Haul truck. What if I broke out right now? What the fuck was I doing all that work for?”

The remaining Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour dates with DMX are as follows:

9/20 – Charlotte, North Carolina
9/22 – Washington, District of Columbia
9/23 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
9/24 – Boston, Massachusetts
9/25 – Newark, New Jersey
9/30 – Oakland, California
10/1 – Las Vegas, Nevada
10/4 – Inglewood, California