Diddy’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop; A Bad Boy Story has hit theaters and with it has come a renewed interest in the story behind the pioneering record label.
The label is steeped in history, despite being relatively young compared to other labels. But, in its 24-year history, the label has signed and launched some major acts and made its founder a billionaire.
If you haven’t seen the documentary yet, we suggest you do. But, before heading to the theater, here are 10 facts about the Bad Boy label you may not have known.
The richest man in hip hop turns 48 on Nov. 4.
Long before he started appearing on reality television, Stevie was producing hits. He worked on 112’s debut album, produced The Notorious BIG’s “Mo Money Mo Problems,” and won a Grammy for Biggie’s tribute “I’ll Be Missing You.”
There are a number of platinum hits under the label, and no doubt many of these will receive diamond certification soon, but The Notorious BIG’s final album is the label’s first record to go diamond.
The iconic boy band released their seventh studio album and Bad Boy in 2004, One Love. The album debut at number 12 on the Billboard 200.
Signed to Bad Boy in 2006, the singer has released one album, Cassie, and in a 2013 mixtape, RockaByeBaby. After dabbling in acting, she’s reportedly working on her sophomore album.
Kelly has released three albums with the label including Bloom, which dropped May 2017.