B2k feat. P. Diddy – Bump Bump Bump

First Hit #1: February 1, 2003

I was convinced that this was from when P. Diddy took the reins at Making the Band. But apparently it isn’t, it’s just Diddy deciding to jump on a bandwagon. Diddy is a smart man, and also a shameless one, so it stands to reason that after seeing the burgeoning success of boybands in the 2000s he would decide to hitch his wagon to that train. It’s been a while since he has hit the top, maybe joining up with a crew of handsome young men would increase his presence in the lucrative 12-18 demographic.

Bump Bump Bump is largely terrible, unfortunately. Diddy was never a great rapper to begin with, but B2K doesn’t really help much either, making some typical high pitched boyband mewling that doesn’t quite gel with the harder and deeper sounds the song is trying to push. It’s just an uncomfortable marriage, neither artist really knowing what to do with each other, so they just do their own thing. Diddy at least fits in with the production, which does heavier bass, especially in the chorus, which B2K does not, but then again Diddy also seems desperate to get his name out there, more concerned with connecting with an unknown demographic than making a song that works. By their powers combined, we get a mess.

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One Response to B2k feat. P. Diddy – Bump Bump Bump

  1. RBerman says:

    Weirdly, their first album was #2 on the charts yet had no singles higher than #34, while the album with this #1 single was only #10 on the album charts. Then they made a #1 movie about dancing and promptly broke the group up. What a whirlwind 2002! It’s like an R&B version of “That Thing You Do!”

    The video certainly positions Puffy as the mentor to these young turks, but barring the bridge, the actual song would not even notice if his intermittent hype were missing. Once again we have acoustic (this time nylon string) guitar as the main texture, punctuated by orchestra hits during the hook. R. Kelly wrote and produced this tribute to the female derriere. Trey Songz is somewhere in there too. Isn’t there a female vocalist near the end, though? Can’t find out who she was.

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