Diddy Says His First Time Doing Ecstasy Was With Biggie On The Set Of His Music Video ‘Hypnotize’: We Both Tried It
Hip-hip icon Diddy recently shared a personal experience he had with his late friend and label artist Biggie Smalls.
On what would have been the Notorious B.I.G.’s 50th birthday, Bad Boys Records founder Sean “Diddy” Combs led a discussion honoring the deceased rap legend. Diddy signed the “Juicy” artist back in 1993 right as Bad Boys launched, and immediately dropped Biggie’s debut album Ready to Die.
Christopher “Biggie” Wallace was fatally gunned down during the production of his sophomore album, which was ultimately released after his death and titled Life After Death. The New York native’s posthumous album featured the record “Hypnotize”, which Diddy starred alongside Biggie in the music video for. Reminiscing on the time they filmed the project, Diddy stated:
“Ah man, the video was fun….That was like the first time we both tried ecstasy.”
“I mean, it was an experience….Check this out, we have nothing to hide. That was a long time ago …F**k it. On his 50th birthday, I wanna let y’all know that.”
“Hypnotize” charted No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list n 1997, and was nominated for Best Rap Solo at the 1998 Grammy’s. The video for the track was directed by Paul Hunter, who has also directed works for artists such as Aaliyah, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill. Though Paul says Biggie was excitingly waiting the video’s release, he was never able to see the completed version. During a previous interview he stated:
“Biggie never got a chance to see it in completion….I showed him about a minute and a half in the early rounds and he was really excited. He smiled like a kid.”
“This big, warm smile. He never got to see the final product. I never thought that people would still be talking about it today.”
Diddy was joined by fellow hip-hop icon Jay-Z during Biggie’s 50th birthday celebration. At one point in the discussion, the Making The Band creator gave Jay his flowers. Expressing that he feels the “Izzo” artist stepped up in a big way for the hip-hop industry, following the deaths of Biggie and his West Coast rap rival Tupac Shakur.
“You filled them shoes….You came in and we definitely give thanks. You definitely came, and I just know how much Big really looked up to Jay. They looked up to each other. That is crazy you had to step into the shoes of two people. That’s all it was was those two people. They had things on lock.”
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