Victory & Nine Inch Nails

Originally published in Entertainment Wire, NY on March 1, 1998

Puff Daddy's forthcoming video co-strarring Busta Rhymes with cameo appearances by Danny DeVito and Dennis Hopper premieres on MTV, BET and the BOX on March 31. "Victory" is a post-World War III urban decay, directed by Marcus Nispel. The video opens on a futuristic, gothic, dark and rainy city. Puff Daddy holds the weight of the world on his shoulders. He speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves, the oppressed, the downtrodden and the undesirable. The evil corporate institutions headed by Dennis Hopper now control the fate of the underpriviledged. Puff Daddy, with help from his friend Busta Rhymes, looks to tear it all apart.

In addition to the video, the single will feature new and exciting re-mixes and once again Puff Daddy crosses over into an entirely new genre of music. Already successful with the number one single "It's All About the Benjamins" re-mix, Puffy has taken it one step further by enlisting the help of industrial king-pin Trent Reznor and electro-spin-king Goldie. Each have put their own flavor into the already hard-hitting song, "Victory."

The Trent Reznor re-mix will hit record stores first and features some of Trent's master mixing skills and industrial-heads will be running to the stores to hear this latest version because Trent has basically taken the Puffy version and turned it into his own.

Goldie's re-mix screams of his ability to mix and sample. Goldie took time out from his current release Saturnz Returns, in which Goldie worked with Noel Galagher, to put together the charged "Victory" re-mix. Saturnz Return and the "Victory" re-mix are Goldie's first releases in three years.

Both Trent and Goldie make an interesting addition to the mixes. They have created an exciting and suprisingly different follow-up to the re-mix of "It's All About The Benjamins," (Which featured Dave Grohl, Rob Zombie, Anthrax and Puffy's own rock band Fuzz Bubble). One can only ask, "What's next for Puff Daddy?"

Transcribed by Keith Duemling

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