The Saga Continues

The Saga Continues

by P. Diddy & The Bad Boy FamilyP. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family

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Overview

A lot happened to Sean Combs during the two-year gap between Forever and The Saga Continues. Besides the obvious name change to P. Diddy and his daily appearances in the news, the overdramatic rap artist saw his popularity drop considerably during those two years -- a serious issue for someone as attention-hungry as Combs. So The Saga Continues signals to everyone that his Bad Boy empire is in fact still an empire. "Bad Boy for Life," the album's big, opening anthem, perhaps sums up the situation best: "We ain't going nowhere/We can't be stopped." It's a fairly simple claim, but this pretension towers largely over every single second of this album. Combs isn't just trying to make great music anymore; he's trying to reclaim his credibility. In his mission to do so, he has recruited the latest roster of Bad Boy talent, anchored by two stellar rappers, Black Rob and G. Dep, who are to be viewed as the successors to the departed Biggie Smalls and Shyne. Combs gives these two plenty of time in the spotlight here -- as much as himself -- and they definitely showcase their talent commendably, as do many of the other Family members. It's nice to see Combs stay in-house for this album rather than assembling a disparate best-of-the-best roster like he did on Forever. This decision helps give the album more of a cohesive feel, as these Family members, and also the often daring production, make this an impressive album at times. It's Combs himself, though, who mars what could be a solid album with his rhetorical swagger. When he's surrounded by his crew, he's fine, though you wish he could rap as well as he can present the talent of others. Rather, it's when Combs steps into the spotlight, particularly during the numerous interludes, that his swaggering often goes too far, teetering on the fine line between self-assurance and unintentional farce. [The clean version edits moments of profanity.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2001
Label: Bad Boy
UPC: 0786127304626
catalogNumber: 73046

Album Credits

Performance Credits

P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family   Primary Artist
David Peel   Horn Section
Betty Wright   Vocals
8ball & MJG   Track Performer
Joe Barati   Horn Section
Kenneth Faulk   Horn Section
M. Jones   Background Vocals
Mike Lewis   Horn Section
Jerry Peel   Horn Section
John "J.T." Thomas   Guitar
Mario Winans   Multi Instruments
Kokane   Track Performer
Faith Evans   Track Performer
Carl Thomas   Track Performer
M. Curry   Track Performer
Dante Luciani   Horn Section
Jim Hacker   Horn Section
Yogi   Multi Instruments
William Ivory   Background Vocals,Voiceover
Puff Daddy   Track Performer
Buckwild   Multi Instruments
Bristal   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Robert Ross   Producer
Mark Curry   Composer,Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Producer
Christopher Dennis   Contributor
Paul Logus   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Rob Paustian   Engineer
Larry Sturm   Engineer
Mario Winans   Composer,Producer
Jamal Rasheed   Producer
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Engineer
Jim Janik   Engineer
D. Trotman   Producer
Stephen Dent   Engineer
Lynn Montrose   Engineer
José Luis Cuevas   Engineer
Alfred Figueroa   Engineer
Michael "Punch" Harper   Producer
Roger Che   Engineer
Yogi   Producer
Robert Ross   Contributor
Verse   Contributor
Bobby Springsteen   Vocal Producer
J.B. Long   Composer
Kenneth Cunningham   Composer
Buckwild   Producer

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