martedì 19 aprile 2011
Puff Daddy:I'll be missing you
"I'll Be Missing You" is a Grammy Award-winning song and hit single recorded by Puff Daddy, Faith Evans and 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Christopher Wallace who was murdered on March 9, 1997. Released as the second single from Sean Combs and the Family's No Way Out album, "I'll Be Missing You" is based on a sample of the song "Every Breath You Take" by The Police from 1983.
The song, a rap ballad, had already been completed before permission was granted to use the sample from the 1983 song. As well as these artists, Sting (vocalist from The Police) joined in at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Sting owns 100% of the publishing royalties. The single however was not written by Puff Daddy but by Todd "Sauce Money" Gaither, a rapper from the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn who received a Grammy for his efforts in 1996. As well as using the melody and arrangement of "Every Breath You take" the single also borrows the melody from the well-known American spiritual "I'll Fly Away."
There are several different versions of this song. One being an extended version (choir at beginning), another without the choir and an instrumental version. In the extended version of the song the choir is heard singing in the beginning of "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber.
A slightly altered version of the song was performed by Diddy at the Concert for Diana in Wembley, United Kingdom.