Matt Diehl
August 06, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

P.E. 2000

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Sean P. Diddy Combs
Producers
Bad Boy
genre
Singles

We gave it a B-

Like he did with Grandmaster Flash’s ”The Message,” rap’s Midas mogul paradoxically takes yet another socially conscious rap classic — Public Enemy’s ”Public Enemy No. 1” — and gets jiggy with it. While ”P.E. 2000” sparks ample retro-rap nostalgia and dance-floor dynamite, adding inappropriately cooing female choruses puts the ”Why?” in Puffy’s Y2K. B-

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