Throughout his history in the music biz, Diddy name has been synonymous with success. However, despite how many songs he’s turned into hits for his artists, there’s a perception among fans and industry types that label him a dirty business man.
If you remember … there’s been several publicized disagreements between the hip-hop mogul and some of his former artists. There was the long-winded dispute between him and The Lox, who accused him of holding onto a large percentage of their royalties although they were no longer signed to Bad Boy, or Shyne who accused him of turning his back after he got 10 years in prison … or several other stories from forgotten artists like Black Rob and G. Dep to Carl Thomas and Mase.
Whatever you think of Diddy and his business tactics, he recently decided to clear the air on the topic in the August/September issue of VIBE, which he covers alongside Dirty Money, Janelle Monae and Rick Ross.
In the cover story, he claims that he’s never been malicious toward any of his artists … nor do they have any proof that he has.
This is a snippet of the interview, posted via RapRadar.com:
… There’s an off perception that needs to be addressed about me that I have ever robbed somebody or mistreated somebody. Or tried to be ruthless or whatever in this game. Like, all this year I’ve heard people say, “Where’s Carl Thomas, where’s Black Rob, where’s G.Dep? Where are these artists?” And for some reason they go ahead and equate that, cause those artists aren’t with me, that I’ve done something wrong or malicious or conniving. It’s something that I do have a problem with because they don’t have no proof that I’ve ever done nothing like that.
Does this really bother you, because you’ve talked about this before.
It’s a misconception. Especially someone who’s been brought up like me. I’ve been brought up to work hard for mine and never take from nobody. And to always try and help people. But people don’t understand this game that were in. You have a short life expectancy. It’s rare to a me, to be a Jay-Z, an LL, a Nas. That sh** is a rarity. That’s not even one percent of the rappers. If you look at any artists that were on Ruff Ryders, where they at? If you look at any artist that was on Def Jam at the time we started, where they at? If you look at any artist that was on Roc-A-Fella, Jive, where they at? It’s not like anything was wrong with them. It’s just that you have a four, five-year average in this game. That’s just something I wanted to address.