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This is a tribute to Notorious B.I.G., a rapper and good friend of P. Diddy who was shot to death while the 2 were riding together.
This samples "Every Breath You Take
" by The Police. Diddy didn't sort out the legal issues until after the song was released. They ended up getting permission from Sting, who made lots of money as a result. When Diddy (known as Puff Daddy at the time) performed this at the MTV Video Music Awards, Sting sang the chorus.
Faith Evans, wife of Notorious B.I.G., sings on this along with the R&B group 112. They all recorded for P. Diddy's Bad Boy record label.
This won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Combs was sued and settled with Albert Brumley and Sons, a gospel and country music publishing company that owned the rights to a 1929 song called "I'll Fly Away," which contained the line "Some glad morning when this life is over," which Evans sings in the chorus.
It was later revealed that P. Diddy's lyrics were written by rapper Sauce Money (Todd Gaither). (thanks, Zodiac Digital - Washington, DC)
In 2007 this returned to the UK chart at #32 after Puff Daddy performed a new version of this at the Princess Diana tribute Wembley gig. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
No Way Out won the Grammy for Best Rap Album. This didn't go over well with Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard, who came on stage during the ceremony while Shawn Colvin was accepting an award to complain. Said Bastard: "Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is for the children."
The song topped the charts in numerous countries across the world, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand UK and the US. It is the biggest selling rap single to date in the UK with over 1.4 million copies sold.
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