Puff Daddy's new tape "MMM" has plenty of nods to his '90s heyday.
There's a certain part of Sean "Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy" Combs that will always live in the '90s. Everyone relives their glory days, and few had days more glorious than the Bad Boy architect's were from the time Notorious B.I.G.'s first album dropped until he shortened his name in 2001. His musical career, both solo and in his roster of signees, has never really topped its "All About The Benjamins" peak, but thanks to his entrepreneurial expertise and continued monitoring of hip hop's trends, he's never truly fallen off like many his '90s contemporaries. He may not top charts, and he may lose out to Drake when trying to secure hot beats from top-tier producers, but he's still able to assemble all-star casts for posse cuts any day.
Diddy's new tape, MMM, does an excellent job of merging influences, guests and references that span his entire career. Nowhere else will you hear Future and Lil Kim on consecutive tracks, or samples of hip electronic acts like Chromatics and Darkside appear alongside nostalgic drum breaks, and for that, you've got to praise Puff. He may forever exist in the futuristic shiny suit world inside his head, but he never fails to update it every few years to take account of new sounds and styles. Here are the unmistakably '90s moments that slip in amid trap beats and French Montana verses.