From Faith Evans To 112: Where Are These Vintage Bad Boy Records Artists Today?

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By Georgette Pierre

In late 2013, Mase surprised us all by releasing his first solo track in years, alluding to a possible return in music. The pastor turned rapper came back for more this past May when he dropped a track called “Nothing,” along with an accompanying music video.  During an interview with Atlanta’s Hot 107.9, the former Bad Boy artist revealed plans to drop a new album in October called Now We Even featuring the likes of Kanye West, Dipset, Rick Ross, Diddy, and more.

Thinking about his slated return to music, we can’t help but wonder what the rest of the former Bad Boy Records family has been up to. Whether you were singing “Why you over there looking at me, while my girl standing here” from Mase’s Harlem World or rapping along to Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear”, Diddy and the Bad Boy crew had the music industry on lock in the 1990s and early 2000s. From 112 to Carl Thomas, check out what happened to some of our favorite Bad Boy artists!

 

Mase

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[Photo: Getty Images]

Since his commercially successful album Harlem World dropped in 1997, the Harlem native has been in and out of music since officially retiring in 1999. Fast forward to late 2013, the rapper/pastor announced plans to release a new album called Now We Even with a slated release date in early October. He recently premiered his new video, “Nothing” on RevoltTV.

 

Faith Evans

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[Photo: Splash News]

Considered the First Lady of Bad Boy, Faith had three platinum selling albums on the label before leaving in 2003. In 2012, she joined the cast of TV One’s R&B Divas Atlanta. At the end of last year, the singer hinted at an upcoming album called Incomparable via a video teaser. She recently released new single, “I Deserve It,” featuring Missy Elliott and Sharaya J. No release date has been set for the album.

 

112

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112 members Michael Keith (far left), Daron Jones (middle left), Q Parker (middle right) and Slim (far right) had  much commercial success in the late 1990s and early 2000s with hit singles “Only You”, “Peaches and Cream”, and “Anywhere.” After disbanding in 2005, all of them went on to release solo albums. In 2012, there was mention of a new album but a title and release date was never confirmed. All four members are currently touring together with upcoming shows in Nashville, Milwaukee, and California.

 

Total

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Known for their classic hits, “Kissing You” and “Can’t You See,” Pamela Long (left), Kima Raynor (middle), and Keisha Spivey (right), were the first girl group on Bad Boy Records and went on to release two albums. Keisha married actor Omar Epps. Pam recently got married and in late 2013 released a gospel single with her husband called “Sweet Thang”. This past February, Kima and Pam reunited in London for a show on Valentine’s Day. Long is currently working on a solo album called Undeniable, which she teased on Instagram.

 

Carl Thomas

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[Photo: Getty Images]

With his first platinum selling album, Emotional, the Chicago singer became a household name in music. Due to his brother being murdered the same year as his second album release in 2004, Carl Thomas took a hiatus from music.He returned with a third album in 2007 and then signed with Verve Music Group, releasing his fourth album, Conquer back in 2011. The former Bad Boy artist is currently touring and is slated to perform alongside Faith Evans and Total for Legends of Bad Boy Records concert in late July.

 

The Lox

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The Yonkers-bred rap group were known for their gritty style and gained national exposure with their feature on “All About the Benjamins.” Group members Jadakiss (left), Styles P (middle), and Sheek Louch (right) left Bad Boy, bouncing around to Ruff Ryders Entertainment, eventually starting their own label called D-Block Records. In December 2013, they dropped surprise EP, The Trinity, on iTunes. During an interview this past February, the group announced their independent label status and plans to release a new album. They just dropped a new single called “Remember” featuring Sevyn Streeter.


Craig Mack

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[Photo: Getty Images]

Known for his classic single “Flava In Ya Ear,” Craig Mack went on to release only two albums, one in 1994 on Bad Boy Records and one in 1997 on Street Life Records. The rapper eventually disappeared from the public eye until a church video of him surfaced last year.

 

Black Rob

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[Photo: Splash News]

Black Rob broke on the scene with his hit single “Whoa!” from his platinum selling debut LP, Life Story. His second album, The Black Rob Report, didn’t chart well and he signed to Duck Down Records in 2010. In an interview with HipHopDX earlier this year, Black Rob is said to be working on an upcoming album, which he said will be “a New York” album.

 

G Dep

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[Photo: Getty Images]

Known for his hit single “Special Delivery”, the Harlem rapper only released one album, Child of the Ghetto, under Bad Boy before getting dropped from the label. He went on to release an independent album with fellow Bad Boy artist, Loon, in 2007. In 2010, he turned himself in to police, confessing to a murder of a Queens man back in 1993. In 2011, he was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

 

Loon

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The Harlem rapper released his self-titled album in 2001 and his best known for his feature on Diddy’s “I Need a Girl Pt 1.” He left Bad Boy in 2004 and started his own label called Boss Up Entertainment where he was also affiliated with Mase’s group Harlem World. In 2009, he converted to Islam, changed his name to Amir Junaid Muhadith, and ended his rap career. In 2013, he was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison from previous drug convictions.

 

Shyne

[Photo: Instagram]

[Photo: Instagram]

Shyne caught Diddy’s attention in 1998 due to his style and voice sounding eerily similar to the Notorious B.I.G. He went on to release his first self-titled album in 2000 before his 10-year sentence from a shooting in a New York nightclub. While in jail, he converted to Judaism, changed his name to Moses Michael Levi, signed a label contract with Def Jam in 2004, and released his second studio album, Godfather Buried Alive. Since his prison release in 2009, Shyne was deported back to his home country of Belize. In November 2013, the Belizean rapper got married, sharing various photos of his mystery bride on Instagram.

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