So Bad Boy recorded a gospel album, but never released it!!! According to reports the album was called Thank You and spearheaded by P Diddy’s spiritual advisor, Hezekiah Walker. (I officially feel cheated now)..So here’s an even bigger shocker.. in 1997, Puffy Daddy and producer Stevie J (yes, that Stevie J) were the two who decided it was time to balance the “Bad Boy” message with an inspirational message.Thank You was supposed to include B.I.G., Faith, Tanya Blount, Brandy, Carl Thomas, John P. Kee, Brian McKnight, Boys II Men and Total.
Writer, Michael Gonzalez, asked P Diddy back when they were making the album, “So, what does a label associated with weed smoking, Moet drinking, booty shaking and Big Willydom know about making a gospel album?”
The head of Bad Boy answered, “First of all, God is my best friend; the reason I wanted to do a gospel album was to give thanks. Over the years, Bad Boy has made a lot of things cool, from the way we dress, dance, the sunglasses that we wear, and the designers we endorse. Well, now God is something we’re going to endorse. A lot of kids think it’s cool to spark a blunt in front of people, but they won’t nod their heads to pray in front of those same people. Now, we want to make God cool.”
A former altar boy, Puff was raised Catholic, but found the services to be corny. “I liked going to a Baptist church with my grandma; she was the one who really put me up on God. I don’t go to church every Sunday, and I’m not overly religious, and maybe I’m not the best person to do this album, but I want Thank You to be an album from the average person’s point of view to get our message across. Not all the artists are Bad Boy artists, but they’re all part of the family.”
The things we learn…