"I'll Be Missing You" is a Grammy Award-winning song and hit single recorded byPuff Daddy, Faith Evans and 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artistNotorious 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" sampledthe melody and some of the lyrics 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. The single however was not written by Puff Daddy but by Todd "Sauce Money" Gaither, a rapper from the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn who received aGrammy for his efforts in 1996. As well as using the melody and arrangement of "Every Breath You take" the single also borrows the melody from the well-known American spiritual "I'll Fly Away."
There are several different versions of this song. One being an extended version (choir at beginning), another without the choir and an instrumental version. In the extended version of the song the choir is heard singing in the beginning of "Adagio for Strings" bySamuel Barber.
A slightly altered version of the song was performed by Diddy at the Concert for Dianain Wembley, United Kingdom.
"I'll Be Missing You" topped many charts across the world. It reached number one in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and New Zealand. This song is one of the few to debut at #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, and the only rap song to do so until Eminem's "Not Afraid" debuted at the top spot 13 years later in 2010. The song spent a record breaking 11 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100, making it the longest running #1 hip-hop song in history until Eminem's "Lose Yourself" spent 12 weeks at #1 in 2002.
The song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at #32 on July 8, 2007, ten years after it had its full physical release and 10 years after it was #1.
Blender magazine ranked the song at #25 on its list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever", calling it "a nauseating brew of gloopy sentimentality and strategic-marketing mawkishness."