Released three months after Biggieâ€™s death, Puff Daddyâ€™s â€œNo Way Outâ€ debuted at number one on the charts. Â It contained the number one singles â€œIâ€™ll Be Missing Youâ€ and â€œCanâ€™t Hold Me Downâ€ which owned the airwaves in the summer of 1997. Â The third single, â€œAll About The Benjaminsâ€ never made it to number one, but has somehow managed to remain in rotation as one of the few timeless hip hop club records.
The main section of the song was produced using a slowed down sample of the instrumental version of â€œI Did it For Loveâ€ by Love Unlimited. Â Puffy opens up the record with some well known lyrics, followed by the LOX, and then Lilâ€™ Kim â€“ â€œWanna rumble with the bee huh? Bzzzzz.â€ Â The beat flips completely for Biggieâ€™s verse, which is always a unique move production wise. Â In effect it made his place in the song elevated from every one else, which seemed very appropriate. Â This section of the beat was built off of the opening bars of â€œItâ€™s Great to Be Hereâ€ by The Jackson 5. Â Not much is done with the four bar loop besides being layered with some extra hi hats and record scratches. Â Biggie comes through with a verse that is pretty much a quotable from start to finish. Â For me, this part is what makes the record special.
Jackson 5 – It’s Great To Be Here
Puff Daddy & The Family – All About The Benjamins