Sean “Diddy” Combs is arguably one of the most successful black people in the music industry. He signed dozens of artists to his Bad Boy Entertainment label and launched the careers of legendary artists such as The infamous BIG, Maria J Blige, Jodeci and other.
The music icon opened up about his monumental success on The Breakfast Club on Wednesday, October 5, where he opened up about the collaboration Ma$e. DJ envy asked about rumors about his shady deal deals, which Ma$e had spoken about back in August.
“See, I didn’t do anything to him,” Diddy said. “First of all, there was negative propaganda out there about me that isn’t true and has really tainted … tried to sully my legacy. I’ve always been a person who doesn’t like just talking about people’s affairs and things like that. But not now, I made it a goal that when I come back you won’t be able to follow me because I came here to be a leader and give direction.”
“My name is Diddy… Sean Combs,” he continued. “I’ve never taken anything from anyone for a day in my life. All I ever gave was opportunity and more money than a person made.” He later added, “I came here and opened the doors.”
Charlamagne Tha god stopped and asked the music manager to confirm that, despite other stories circulating in the media, he hadn’t stolen anyone’s money. He replied, “Never.”
The Grammy-winning icon hinted that artists who hit the “tap-out button” in the industry sometimes wanted to “blame” someone for not achieving a certain level of success. He plans to sit down with former Bad Boy artists to put all the cards on the table.
“I have all my receipts and so we’re going to do a special, a retrospective with all the artists, and we’re going to get that narrative straight,” explained Diddy. “Because it comes from different tactics when people want to get out of contracts. A lot of people talking about it, you guys don’t know the business, you all don’t know what you’re talking about.”
He hopes the discussion will be a “love moment,” but he can no longer allow false stories to tarnish his legacy and reputation.
“I will fight for my reputation. I will fight for the honorable man that I am. The righteous king that I am,” said the 52-year-old. “I’m not perfect. An accountant might have screwed up this or that and things that happened in the business. But I actually do a rush to get money?”
The father of six then reminded the hosts of his come-up story, which began with delivering newspapers when he was 12. After an internship at Uptown Records and running A&R, he became a millionaire by 19.
“So I’ll make sure the truth comes out, because that won’t go down in my legacy. And for me the worst thing in the world is a thief. His or her hand should be chopped off.”
He took it upon himself to elaborate on Ma$e’s claims, revealing that he had only produced one album with him. “How much money do you think I owe this guy? One album and then you became a fake pastor and scammed people. Then you let him throw all the dirt in God’s name?
“Anyone can move up. Bring your receipts with you. I do not play. I’m back out there fighting for us and I’m fighting a little bit for myself too.”
When Charlamagne asked how much money Ma$e owed him, Diddy replied, “Ma$e owes me $3 million. These are facts. I got the receipt.”
He claims he refuses to go back and forth with Ma$e but felt the need to speak up to uncover the truth. “But we will get to the bottom of the truth. As long as I’m out,” he explained. “Don’t try not to start anything with anyone. Ma$e, I love Ma$e. And I’ll tell anyone who thinks I owe them anything, show me the receipt. You will be paid within 24 hours.”
The Tell Me What You Want rapper got wind of Diddy’s comments and responded on Instagram. “Only he [three angry emojis] I didn’t want him to come on stage with me to apologize. You’re high chill out!🥲[crying emoji, five laughing emojis] I AM GOOD LOVE [red heart emoji] he wrote.
Several artists over the years have accused Diddy of mismanaging his artists and not paying them for their work. Many are former artists from his Bad Boy Entertainment record label, including The Lox. The rap trio, who signed to Bad Boy in 1994, have also accused Diddy of taking millions.
Many remember the heated exchanges between Diddy and group members jadakiss and Styles P on Hot 97, according to AllHipHop.com. In 2005, Diddy called on the radio show after the couple revealed that he was holding their publishing rights hostage, in which Jadakiss threatened to throw a refrigerator at him. The pair later returned to the show to reveal their dispute had been settled.
former Danity Kane Singer Aubrey O’Day also called her former boss in 2020, who allegedly “mismanaged artists and stole money his entire career.”
Meanwhile, Ma$e continued to discuss his decades-long struggles with the mogul. The former rapper is best known for his opening lyrics to Notorious BIG’s track ‘Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems.’ He released two albums under Bad Boy before leaving the industry in 1999, including his best-selling debut Harlem World and Double Up. That same year, the “Feel So Good” artist became an ordained minister, but has nevertheless returned to the stage regularly for Bad Boy tributes and touring. Fans welcomed the artist out of retirement in 2004 with the release of his third album, Welcome Back.
Ma$e has adamantly accused Diddy of underpaying him and ripping off other bad boy artists. According to Okayplayer, he crashed Diddy’s live radio interview in 2009 with a pen and documents about its release from the label.
Back in January 2020, Diddy criticized the controversial Grammy Awards during his pre-Grammys speech, prompting Ma$e to reminisce about his early days under Bad Boy. In a since-deleted tweet, he offered the “Gotta Move On” artist $2 million to buy back his publishing rights “as his greatest living artist.”
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