I'll Be Missing You (5:10)

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“I’ll Be Missing You” is a song and hit single recorded by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Notorious B.I.G. who was murdered on March 9, 1997. Released as the second single from Puff Daddy and the Family’s No Way Out album, “I’ll Be Missing You” sampled the melody of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” from 1983.

The song was listed at #84 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time.

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[2]. The single however was not written by Puff Daddy but by Terry “Sauce Money” Carroll, a rapper from the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn who received a Grammy for his efforts in 1997.

Just like “Every Breath You Take”, the single borrows the melody from the well-known American spiritual “I’ll Fly Away”.


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