Diddy's Finest Music Ever? A Breakdown of 'All In regards to the Benjamins'

Sean “Diddy” Combs (aka “Puff Daddy”) has been the mastermind of among the biggest rap songs within the 1990s. However arguably, one in every of his biggest bangers popping out of the Dangerous Boy Data period was his 1997 get-money anthem, “It’s All In regards to the Benjamins.” The all-star posse monitor featured Diddy, the LOX, Lil’ Kim and the Infamous B.I.G. spitting flossy rhymes about five-carat diamond rings, colossal-sized Picassos, hiding payments in Brazil and stashing 380’s within the Mercedes. Twenty-one years later, the track is simple traditional in Diddy expansive music catalog.

Produced by Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen, “It’s All In regards to the Benjamins” appeared on Puffy’s 1997 debut album No Manner Out, which was credited to Puff Daddy and the Household. The venture arrived at a pivotal time for the Dangerous Boy Data mogul. On March 9, 1997, Puffy misplaced his pricey buddy the Infamous B.I.G. arguably probably the most gifted artist on his label. The label’s future was in query. May Puffy proceed with out his celebrity artist?

No Manner Out was not solely a tribute to Puffy’s fallen comrade Biggie, it was additionally a declaration that he wasn’t going to cease. “For the subsequent two years, I wanna have radio on lock,” mentioned Puffy about creating the album in a 2007 interview with badboyblog.com. “Name the girlfriend, wifey, or no matter, and let ‘em know that you simply’re not gonna be round for a couple of weeks. We’re gonna get away from all this drama, put our heads collectively, and after we come again, we’re coming again with hits.”

The album boasts a number of hits together with the chart-toppers “I’ll Be Lacking You,” “Can’t No person Maintain Me Down” and “Been Across the World” However "It's All In regards to the Benjamins” is the jewel; a track that may get you riled up within the membership as quickly as you hear the guitar licks originally (sampled from "I Did It for Love" by the ‘70s group Love Limitless).

Initially, "It's All In regards to the Benjamins" was slated for the LOX's debut album Cash, Energy & Respect, till Puffy heard the monitor and eliminated Types P's verse.

"The 'Benjamins' was positively a LOX report after which Puff walked within the room and mentioned, 'properly, whoever's going first is over," remembers engineer Stephen Dent who labored on No Manner Out. "I believe that was Types P. He mentioned, 'you're off of this report, you recognize that's my verse' and it ended up being on his album. There was one other report he traded them to get on their album, so I can't keep in mind what that one was. It was like a commerce, like "yo, I'll offer you this one for that one". So, they made the commerce. I wouldn't have carried out it, however they did it."

The unique track debuted in 1996 on DJ Clue's Vacation Holdup mixtape and it featured Puffy and the LOX. It was later remixed to incorporate new verses by Infamous B.I.G. and Lil' Kim for No Manner Out. One other main element to the track was Missy Elliott. Though not formally credited, the veteran rapper, who was strictly a songwriter on the time, ran the recording session for the unique monitor.

On the track, Puffy units the tone together with his iconic opening line, "Now, what y'all wanna do? / Wanna be ballers, shot callers, brawlers / Who be dippin' within the Benz with the spoilers / On the low from the Jake within the Taurus / Tryin' to get my palms on some Grants like Horace / Yeah, livin' the uncooked deal / Three course meals: spaghetti, fettuccine, and veal / However nonetheless, all the things's actual within the subject."

Whereas Diddy and the LOX delivered impeccable rhymes on the track, Lil' Kim holds her personal and spits in all probability the very best verse on your complete banger. Her supply is extraordinarily aggressive as she threatens gun discuss and voodoo in opposition to her arch rivals.

"Uh, uh, what the blood clot / Wanna bumble with the Bee, huh? / Bzzz, throw a hex on the entire household / Wearing all black like The Omen / Have your pals singin', 'That is for my homie,'" she raps, including, "If it's homicide, you recognize she wrote it / German Ruger for yo' ass, bitch, deepthroat it."

Biggie closes out the track together with his gritty rhymes over a Jackson 5 pattern. On his verse, he guarantees bullets and hell to his enemies, rapping, "Assault with the MAC, my left hand spit / Proper hand grip on the whip for the sleek getaway / Participant haters, get away or my lead will spray / Squeeze off 'til I'm empty, don't tempt me / Solely to Hell I ship thee, all concerning the Benjis."

The dizzying Paul Hunter-directed video, that includes Puffy, the LOX, Lil' Kim and Biggie (on a tv display), takes place in a dimply-lit live performance venue and in a forest the place the rappers are both operating away from one thing. Puffy additionally launched a rock remix of the track that includes Tommy Stinson, Fuzzbubble, Rob Zombie and Dave Grohl. The track's accompanying music video was directed by Spike Jonze.

General, "It's All In regards to the Benjamins" reached No. 1 on each the Billboard Scorching R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Scorching Rap Songs chart. As well as, No Manner Out went seven occasions platinum and received a Grammy for Finest Rap Album.

"Man, we have been simply so sizzling. I used to be simply so uber-confident," Puffy informed Billboard in 2017 about his anthemic track. "I simply knew I needed to discuss it out. It was simply throughout a time once I felt unstoppable as an artist. Listening to all of our voices on these tracks was particular] whenever you hearken to "All In regards to the Benjamins." That's the way in which that session was. The most well liked group within the sport was truly doing a recording session and killing it."