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P. Diddy ft. Lil’ Kim, The Lox & The Notorious B.I.G. — ‘It’s All About the Benjamins’ (1997)

Release Date August 12, 1997

It’s All About the Benjamins” is the third single released August 12, 1997, from Puff Daddy’s album No Way Out (1997). The song featured an uncredited vocal arrangement by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott and featured a signature guitar hook played by Marc Solomon. “It’s All About The Benjamins” Originally Debuted on a Mixtape. The mixtape game during the ’90s was a game built on exclusives. DJ Clue was the reigning king of gaining access to songs that no one else had and including them on his mixtapes, instantly creating a buzz on the street. In 1996, on his Holiday Holdup mixtape was a song titled “All About the Benjamins,” which featured Puffy rapping alongside Jadakiss and Sheek of The Lox, a track that would help boost the Bad Boy signees appeal and make it one of the hottest records on the street. Although the remixed version is the one that ruled the latter half of 1997, the original remains a gem of its own. [via vibe]