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He told us that he won’t stop! And he didn’t.
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs made history on Tuesday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California, when he closed his Bad Boy Reunion Tour with R&B and hip-hop’s heaviest hitters, putting fans in a frenzy they never would have expected.
Bad Boy’s finest friends and family showed up in what felt like the greatest nostalgic time machine. Diddy opened the show with Ma$e, his ultimate and arguably favorite sidekick with “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down.” Heartstrings were pulled with 112’s “Only You,” Faith Evans’ “You Used to Love” and a surprise visit from Mary J. Blige, who Diddy clarified “was never signed to Bad Boy, but is the reason we had Bad Boy.”
In the June issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine, Diddy spoke of his plans for retiring from music to focus on acting – which, first included the completion of his world tour.
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“I’m going to put out my last album and devote 100 percent of my time to doing films. I want to stop at a great place,” the 46-year-old said. “And a final album is a great place to stop. I want to take a victory lap, to do a world tour and really enjoy it once last time.”
With all his friends in tow, it came as no surprise that the tour took any chance it could to pay homage to Diddy’s best friend and cohort Notorious B.I.G. The show opened with a montage of clips of Diddy’s famed friend, and throughout the show his memory was re-lived with footage from interviews as well as invitations from the crowd to rap his verses. The loss of B.I.G came only a few months after his then-alleged West Coast rival Tupac was shot in 1996, resulting in the apex of an East Coast-West Coast feud that obviously weighed heavy on Diddy’s heart.
“We came here for healing tonight,” Diddy said in a moment of remembrance for Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. “We came here to heal some wounds and make you feel good. We can’t erase what happened. But we’re stronger, we’re better, we have way more love in our hearts and because of that, these two didn’t die in vain. Give it up for Biggie and Tupac.”
It wasn’t through words alone that Diddy brought this message home.
“Give it up for two of my heroes, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre,” the Bad Boy mogul shouted after making history by inviting them to perform their hit “The Next Episode.”
“I been waitin for this moment for a long time,” Diddy said. “As soon as I called these brothas they was like, ‘We there.’ They understood the importance of this show for hip hop. Doing this show in L.A. for the last day with Bad Boy. I want y’all to be very clear. When all that bulls— and everything was going on, these two brothas was callin’ me and I was callin them and we always been friends. That’s always been my hero as a producer (pointing to Dre) and this has been one of my best friends (pointing to Snoop). I can’t even talk about him as an artist, he’s so great. Dre, I got so much love and respect for you. L.A. thank you very much for producing these two giants of hip hop.”
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