Mo Money Mo Problems

Album: Life After Death (1997)
Charted: 6 1

Songfacts®:

  • This heavily samples the groove created by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for the 1980 Diana Ross hit "I'm Coming Out." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR
  • Diddy, who was known as Puff Daddy at the time, put this together using various artists on his Bad Boy record label. He raps on it with Mase and Notorious B.I.G., using previously recorded material from B.I.G., who died in 1994.
  • The female vocalist is Kelly Price, who was a prominent session singer and released her own album, Soul Of A Woman, in 1998.
  • The lyrics explain how money and success can lead to problems, as others will covet your belongings and try to bring you down in an effort to bring themselves up. As the Bad Boy record label took off, they were faced with many new challenges, including violent attacks and a wave of lawsuits.
  • Hype Williams directed the music video, which has Puff Daddy winning a golf tournament and dancing and floating alongside Mase. The clip also includes a bit of footage from Puff's personal archives: a home video of the Notorious B.I.G. talking about how mo money causes mo problems.

Comments: 5

  • Steven from Sa , Txtha fly kid notorious big
  • Austin from Smallsville,new England, --This song was one of the few that helped get rap into the pop mainstream. THis song was released around Rap's 'Shiny Period' were the videos put more emphasis on dancing and rappers started sporting jewlery and shiny clothes and setting.
  • Austin from Smallsville,new England, --The music video begins with P. Diddy winning a golf tournament. It then showes Mase and Diddy rapping and floating with various people dancing. The video is set in a futeristic setting with the people wearing shiny clothes.
  • Andrew from Bartlett, TnI love this song because it's got a message. old rap has meaning and new rap doesn't, its all about sex and drugs.
  • Ron from Mount Holly, NjB.I.G. died in 1997
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