Puff Daddy and the Bad Boy family did not disappoint as they closed out the 2016 Essence Festival Sunday night. He brought out his Bad Boy hit makers m of the 90’s including Mase, 112, and Faith, who returned to the stage following her solo Mainstage performance on Saturday.
Puff came out and after publicly thanking her for reign as The First Lady of Bad Boy, he jokingly attempted to sing a duet with Evans to “As Soon As I Get Home.”
To transition to the new Bad Boy era, French Montana “shmurda danced” onto the stage playing current hits while the CEO did his trademark Diddy bop across the stage.
Making a surprise on stage was Brooklyn’s own veteran rapper, Fabolous, joining Montana. Another surprised was Marsha Ambrosius’ impromptu “Say Yes,” while announcing to the festival audience she said “yes” to becoming a mother, rubbing a very pregnant belly.
The Bad Boy reunion closed out with a touching tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. with all artists on stage including a choir singing “Missing You.” For a festival that has prided itself on R&B artists, hip hop has earned its place to the Mainstage closing out Sunday night two years in a row.