Celebrating 20 years in the game, Puff Daddy And The Bad Boy Family is currently out on a major nostalgia-inducing celebratory arena tour, featuring some of the biggest names in Hip Hop/R’n’B including Queen Mary J Blige, Lil Kim, Usher, Mase, Jay Z, Total, 112, Carl Thomas, Busta Rhymes, Nas, The Lox and more. Let’s get our 90’s on y’all!
The highlight of the tour from the video clips making the rounds? Easily, the stage return of the First Lady of Bad Boy Records – Grammy-winning High Priestess of R’n’B/Soul Ms Faith Evans, sounding impossibly flaw-free!
Enough for me to pull out my old ‘Faith‘, ‘Keep The Faith‘ and ‘Faithfully‘ CD’s and give them a long hard stare. And then howl about the fact that I’m kinda old #lifesucks
I’ve been a fan of Faith Evans – easily one of the most under-rated R’n’B vocalists of all time – since I came across a copy of her 1998 sophomore effort ‘Keep The Faith‘. I remember being mesmerized by her honeyed vocals on her signature top 10 smashes from the album including ‘Love Like This‘, ‘All Night Long‘, ‘Never Gonna Let You Go‘, and especially on ‘Heartbreak Hotel‘, her stellar duet with Whitney Houston and Kelly Price. Endlessly re-playable songs I still bump to everyday. Still unacquainted with Faith? Well then I highly suggest you get acquainted right away. Especially if you’re 90’s baybeh!
Faith was arguably the biggest name in R’n’B in 1998. By the time her sophomore album dropped, she had already rounded up a stunning 11-week-run at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her Grammy-winning duet with Puff Daddy ‘I’ll Be Missing You‘ – one of the biggest selling singles of all time with over 3 million units sold in the US alone and 8 million units worldwide. Simultaneously 2 of her singles from ‘Keep The Faith‘ were massive top 10 hits – while ‘Heartbreak Hotel‘ went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year. Faith Evans was poised to become Mary J Blige’s biggest rival back in the day.
A continuous streak of Platinum albums marks Faith’s enviable discography – and for today’s Throwback Tuesday, let’s time-travel back to 1995 when it all began. Freshly signed to the hottest new record label in the game, Bad Boy Records, 1995 saw the release of Faith Evans’ debut album ‘Faith‘ – a masterfully crafted slick and glistening collection of smoldering mid-tempo ballads, slow-jams, sultry grooves and baby-makers. While her Gold-certified début single ‘Your Used To Love Me‘ was already a smash, the follow-up single ‘Soon As I Get Home‘ pushed the sales of ‘Faith‘ to well over 1.5 million copies in the US alone. The Soul-drenched ‘Soon As I Get Home‘ literally sounds like rain on a warm summer evening – Faith makes you believe what she sings, highlighted by her extraordinary vocal abilities.
‘Soon as I get home, I’ll make it up to you. Baby I’ll do what I gotta do…‘
The heartfelt ballad went on to peak at # 3 on the Billboard R’n’B/Hip Hop Songs Charts, and at # 21 on the Hot 100, and the single was eventually certified Gold for selling over 500,000 copies in the US. Of course – this was just the beginning of a decade long streak of Platinum and Gold albums and singles.
Check out the classic ‘Soon As I Get Home‘ right here :