Faith Evans kills with her vocals on Sting’s “I’ll Be Missing You”, while Combs does a decent job of emceeing over this tribute to fallen colleague Biggie. The iconic guitar rhythm sounds mysterious, melancholy, and transcendental, perfectly translating the emotions of the Bad Boy Family as they wrestle with feelings of loss. Combs raps “seems like yesterday we used to rock the show, I laced the track, you locked the flow, so far from hangin' on the block for dough, notorious, they got to know that
life ain't always what it seem to be (uh-uh), words can't express what you mean to me, even though you're gone, we still a team, through your family, I'll fulfill your dream (that's right).” These are some of Combs’ best bars ever, and of course, this accolade needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as Combs historically is not known as a good rapper, but perhaps a great showman. To carry on a song of this magnitude without your best musical weapon, Biggie, is probably an interesting position to have found one’s self. But here, Combs does his best to bring as much creativity as he can muster. He raps on; “It's kinda hard with you not around (yeah), know you in heaven smilin' down, watchin' us while we pray for you, every day we pray for you, till the day we meet again, in my heart is where I'll keep you friend, memories give me the strength I need (uh-huh) to proceed, strength I need to believe.” There is a true spirituality that is exhibited in this song, almost coming off as gospel. Evans vocals soar over the pew; “Every step I take, every move I make, every single day, every time I pray, I'll be missing you, thinkin' of the day, when you went away, what a life to take, what a bond to break, I'll be missing you.” Fascinating is the way in which Sting’s words about a romantically frustrated stalker were repurposed as a spiritual send off.
Faith Evans, Todd Gaither, Sting, Albert E. Brumley (not credited on album)
"I'll Be Missing You" is a song recorded by American rapper Puff Daddy and American singer Faith Evans, featuring R&B group 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, who was murdered on March 9, 1997.