Album: No Way Out
Produer: Sean "Puffy" Combs & Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen
Label: Bad Boy
As played out as it became and as tacky as it might have been in retrospect, this was a big record. After The Notorious B.I.G. was killed in 1997, Puffy's Bad Boy empire had lost its greatest asset. But Puff, who always said "We won't stop," lived up to his mantra and started banging out hits himself.
Although Puff didn't really do the heavy lifting (Sauce Money wrote the rap verses, most of the song is sung by Faith Evans and 112, and the beat borrows heavily from The Police's "I'll Be Watching You"), this song helped Puff go from executive to full-blown star. The song went on to win a Grammy, and it's still the quintessential hip hop memorial song.