Song of the Day #5,215: ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ – Puff Daddy

Yesterday I speculated that one reason we haven’t seen a song repeat at #1 in the last 22 years is that modern artists are more likely to sample an old hit than cover it.

Perhaps the most notorious (pun intended) example of that is Puff Daddy’s 1997 release ‘I’ll Be Missing You,’ written about and released a couple of months after the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. Puff Daddy’s tribute to his late friend debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 and spent 11 weeks there, a record for a rap song until Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ topped it in 2002.

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