Diddy Says He's Never Cheated His Artists Out Of Money

Puff addresses rumors, says he has not robbed or mistreated previous artists on Bad Boy.

For years, some have speculated that Bad Boy's CEO, Sean Combs, has taken money from the label's artists. After several artists left the company, many have had public feuds with Diddy, including The Lox, Mase and others. Aware of this perception, Puff took to the pages of this month's Vibe Magazine to clear the air about the way he's seen by many.

"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," he said. 

Diddy went further to speak on this perception, saying that he's not at fault for artists who haven't had long lasting success. 

"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 shit 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." 

For more of Diddy's interview, check the August/September issue of Vibe. 

57 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Fuck Pussy Diddy his ass needs to be six feet under instead of Tupac. Fuck you Pussy diddy you a bitch made mother fucker.

  • look man

    How come there's no Aaliyah stories? I mean, she WAS R&B for a stretch, and when she died, she was in her prime. Can we please pay her some respects??!! She deserves it!! How can hiphopdx.com call themselves a black music website without covering Aaliyah today?

  • FromDat202

    The whole Bad Boy roster must of been issued gag orders, 'cause EVERYONE has been screwed in the game one way or another......I read somewhere that Puff gave BIG a mil for his publishing, when, of course, its worth WAY MORE than a milli.

  • wil be

    That's crazy! Total, LOX, Carl Thomas, Faith were still famous, still at the height of their careers. The truth is that Puff was threw with them. He didn't take care of them so he dropped them or they bailed. i got love for diddy, but why can't he hold on to an artist? now he's using artists that are established so he can focus on his other projects

  • Anonymous

    HE'S A LIAR....you MF's ride rich people's balls and everything they do to people is ok, huh? He hated on Easy Mo Bee and every producer that worked for him if they wanted to do their own thing...do some research...He's not even an artist but he'll pre-empt any one else's project to put himself out (and he can't rap, sing or produce), then they end up gettin dropped because he failed to strike while the iron was hot for them....Gimme a Break!!!!

    • i'm at work and bored

      it's like any other business or occupation. If u work for a company or corporation, you're gonna get screwed. 99% of people don't make what they should and it should be different for rappers because they are so special? u think Puffy was suppose to be nice to them because he's one of them? At least he keeps his promise give them a shot and actually release the record, unlike Dr. Detox. if Puffy is shady (and we all know this), Then don't sign the contract and make it on your own or shut the F*ck up. Muthaf*ckas act like they are shocked when Puff shows up to their video shoot after signing to bad boy. like, duhhhhh!!!

    • i'm at work at bored

      as much as I like Easy Mo Bee, where he at? He made more money after Bad Boy? i doubt it. Look at the credits on Biggie's album. Easy Mo Bee is credited, meaning he got paid.

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  • Garvin Inoa

    If ya niggaz still hating on Puff, kill yaselfs. If you go to the club this weekend, and get there by midnight, and the DJ decides to play everything Puff has put a stamp on from day one. Believe me, by the time you leave the club at 4am, you wouldve grooved to every fucking song that was played that night and wont give a fuck if he black balls the artists or not.

    • Anonymous

      If they play Pussy diddy at a club I walk the fuck out so fuck you and diddy. you should go suck on his titty

  • crazychris

    whatever diddy it don't matter all these ceos will rip you offsuge knight, eazy e, j prince, dre, snoop, ice cube they all screwed their artists.

  • Jake22

    You lying Puff. Remember a few years ago that some producers of Ready To Die still weren't paid! You a right that artists last only for a few years but isn't this your fault? Didn't the first album of Mase and The LOX sounded like a Puffy album. Which LOX fan wanna hear a song like: if you think i'm jiggy? This is your idea. Bad Boy artist can't not make the music which they want. Remember when Biggie said that Puffy was always f.....g up his creativity? And do you really help your artist? Remember Shyne? Yeah you really helped him. Stop making music and stay in making lipsticks and parfums. Bitch!

  • Ballzout

    What about Yung Joc he was crying about money he did't get from bad boy..Puff iz a snake and that's his hustle he learned from being in the music game on how to fuck people on there contracts so u can't knock homie..Str8 Devil

  • lankaistai

    diddy should explain what happened to cheri dennis, her album was way hotter than cassie's and she sings way better than cassie but yet he went on to promote cassie, who can barely sing.Plus, he needs to explain mark curry's allegations for charging artists royalties for appearing in their videos, furthermore, he needs to explain why he is contributing to the decline of hiphop with his bullshit,auto tuned songs

  • diddyfiddyshitty

    yeh well... diddy say alotta shit

  • The Truth

    I stand with Puff on this. 1. No one owns their publishing - what the LOX wanted was an extra (Remember that Jay and Dame broke up over RD publishing) 2. Puff worked hard to put people on... but once he did he moved on to the next gig to make the next person hot 3. None of these artists have sued puff..??? How come? coz puff presented them with a contract and an advance... some made the most some didn't 4. Craig Mack was on bad boy before Biggie.... if BIG came and overshadowed him tells us alot about him. 5. NOT A SINGLE ARTIST from bad boy has ever come close to their popularity after leaving bad boy... this lets us know puff was a machine behind them but they don't see it 6.The rap game is for hustlers.... Puff is a hustlers though he aint a dope MC.... Jadakiss is a Dope MC but not a hustler.... JAY-Z is a dope MC and a hustler....

  • BADNEWZBULLY

    IF HE ISNT ROBBING PEOPLE. WHY DOES HE HAVE EVERYBODY BY THE BALLS WHEN THEY DECIDED THEY WANTED TO MOVE ON??? IF YOU BEEN SIGNED FOR YEARS AND YOUR SO CALLED BOSS IS DROPPING HIS ON ALBUMS(NOT HOT) WHY DOES HE HOLD THEM BACK FROM MAKING MONEY ANY WHERE ELSE? DIDDY IS WHACK AS FUCK RIGHT WITH HIS MUSIC AND ANYBODY HE CREATED AFTER BIG!!!! DIDDY KILLED HIP HOP!!! FUCK ANY AND EVERYBODY ON DIDDYS...

  • Rachael Misek

    I don't believe you Diddy.

    • nazi-nate1188

      I believe you're a man and a nigger lover!You need plastic surgery you look like a fucking pre-op transsexual!

  • RickyFameTV

    OUT OF ALL THE ARTIST ON RUFF RYDERS WHERE THEY AT??? WHERE ROC A FELLA RAPPERS AT?HMMMM EXACTLY SO STOP CALLING HIM A LIAR

  • RickyFameTV

    LAZY ARTIST BLAME THE LABEL. BUT WHEN IT ON BAD BOY AND DIDDY THE FACE THEY BLAME HIM. ARTIST ARE LAZY!!! THATS Y THEY ARE NOT AROUND NOW.

  • Nico 3

    There's only so much Diddy can do for his artists before they have to just open their eyes and start doing for themselves. The only one who had the key to his own future was Biggie, and that was because of talent. All those other artists had potential, not necessarily talent.

  • Derik Douglas

    this nigga needz to stop poppin bottles..wake up..nigga..you cant be trusted..WHAT PISS ME OFF BOUT THIS DUDE IS THAT HE'S GREEDY..BIG MADE TWO ALBUMS..ANYTHING after ready to die..& life after death..is all puffy..HE DAMN near fuck my man legacy up with them bullshit albums....FUCK PUFF DADDY..

    • RickyFameTV

      ARE YOU SLOW. WHEN OTHER ARTIST HAVE PROBLEMS WITH LABELS THEY BLAME THE LABEL. WHEN YOU HAVE A MAN WHO IS ALSO AN ARTIST AND RUNS A LABEL (WHO IS DISTRIBUTED BY INTERSCOPE) AND IS THE FACE OF THE LABEL YOU GONNA BLAME HIM FOR YOUR FAILURES. NEW ARTIST NOW A DAYS DO EVERYTHING THERE SELF THATS HOW THE BUSINESS IS NOW. SO IF U DONT SEE THESE PPL THEY JUST WERENT HOT THEY DIDNT FIGHT FOR IT OR DO WORK. IF THEY WERE SMART THEY WOULD PUT THE MUSIC OUT BUT THEY DONT KNOW HOW TO STAY RELIEVENT PERIOD

  • Anonymous

    hes done some dirty shit and he knows it

  • the best

    ok i see what he is sayin, but i mean cmon! why did the LOX have to go to extreme measures to get there publishing? who u think makes money off them big albums that came out after his death? why would every single artist on that label say that he cheated them, not one said anything about him helping them, and last but not least WHY IS HE THE ONLY ARTIST TO STAY PUTTING OUT BAD BOY MUSIC AND THE MAN HAS NEVER WROTE A RHYME IN HIS LIFE!!! i dont know the whole story but i can for sure say that this man has screwed SOMEBODY outta they money somewhere along the line. how does ALL of his artist end up leaving and broke afterwards somthings not right!

  • casper21

    to say puff actually stealing money from his artists would be misleading, he doesn't actually steal from them. But i do remember 1 or more of his artists coming forward a while back, and this was only a mid level artist no one major, and they were claiming that what puff made a habit of doing was jumping on their material, or putting himself in their videos without invitation. He would just show up at a video shoot and give himself a cameo or two and then his appearance fee would show up on their bill, or his ad libs which no one asked for would show up on the bill. It seemed like he made a habit of making sure he got paid at least something on everyone's work that came under his label. If that's true he's more of a snake than a liar.

  • illness_personified

    ness? loon? g-dep? did anyone mention any hot fucking rapper at all?? i mean craig mack was aight but still a fucking one hit wonder, all the rest of the rappers besides BIG was fucking WHACK and werent going anywehre any goddamn ways...dont hate puff for being a smart and ruthless business man and for giving ppl what they wanted...if that soft ass R&B wasnt hitting and ppl were not buying it then maybe he coulda sold some rap albums then again with wahck fucks like ness and loon on your label how you gonna sell it anyways? bad boy had big and mary j for a second and faith...112 was aight and thats it...fuck a black rob

  • killa MW cam

    he's gotta point there no other ruff ryders blew up like DMX and Eve but he had the marketing tools to push rappers like he did with BIG but he let Kain, Marc Curry, Craig Mack sit on the shelf and Black Rob, Loon and G-dep had like one hit each oh yea and Ness had a solo deal, but he was busy just signin R&B acts never puttin out no rap albums except his own

  • Swamp Thang

    Just goes to show you some people have no problem lying their asses off.

  • hhahah

    all you faggots are calling him a "liar" and a "snake", yet you fail to produce any proof of ANYTHING. You're just name-dropping shitty groups/artists that stopped appealing to the mainstream. If they wanted to be successful then they shoulda made HIT songs, and not blame Puffy when they can't do just that. Quit calling him a liar and prove something, and if you can't STFU.

  • guerrilla jones

    i dont know if he did or didnt,but black artist(for that matter artists in general)have a history of mishandling their money,and im sure if your making it rain and buying out the bar and buying phantoms and what not your pile of money gets low real quick.I believe him,the only artists that succeed are the ones who branch out into other things.....

  • i'm at work and bored

    I can't stand puff but he's kinda right. All the bad boy artist made more money on bad boy then when they left the label. Remember 112? they left bab boy for Def jam because they thought they was hot shit? well, def jam dropped them after 1 single. I bet they are begging puff to take them back. And that whole shyne thing, that's all on his stupid ass. Puff didn't tell him to bring a gun to a damn night club nor did he tell shyne to shoot anyone. and i mean c'mon. nobody was feeling Gdep and was anybody really waiting for a Mark Curry album? No

    • Allen_J

      NO 112 didn't they made a song about it on their 3rd album was talking about diddy had them stunting in videos with cars and crap and they couldn't even afford their rent

    • RickyFameTV

      EXACTLY BUT DID HE HAVE THE STAR POWER TO STAY HOT??? NO!

    • Gurrah

      I co-sign everything you said except that G-Dep comment...G-Dep was hot and better than some of the trash you hear today...That Child of the Ghetto album was a complete banger from beginning to end and still can be blasted from the stereo systems today and if you disagree with me then your mind is corrupted with cocaine...What hurt G-Dep the most was his addiction to Angel Dust...That's what brought him down...

  • Anonymous

    I meant LIAR, sorry lol.

  • Anonymous

    Of course Puff would say that....HE'S A FUCKING LAIR!

    • RickyFameTV

      WHEN LAZY ARTIST ARE HOT THEY BLAME THE LABEL. BUT WHEN U ON BAD BOY AND DONT GET HOT THEY BLAME PUFFY. ALL THESE PPL HE SAID ABOVE WERE HOT AT A POINT IN TIME. IS IT HIS JOB TO KEEP THEM AFTER THAT NO. HIS JOB IS TO FIND NEW TALENT LIKE EVERY OTHER LABEL DOES. BUT WHEN U THE FACE OF THE LABEL THEY BLAME YOU.

  • Allen_J

    You may not steal it but you come up with ways to get it out of them. Like putting it in the contract that you have to appear on the album and get paid for it

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  • omrock

    LoL, Diddy should get a gig doing stand up. Ha Ha Ha HA.......

  • Mr Flamboyant

    A half truth is nothing but a whole lie. The list runs rampant with this nigga. So I guess those Makin the Bands weren't for him after all. I guess he isn't the biggest artist on his own label. I guess the LOX went on that campaign for sh*ts and giggles. Stop runnin' up on niggas with all this wack ish... talkin bout you MC (GZA version). Eat a d***, Puff. Straight up.

  • R.Pgh

    perhaps the public doesn't have proof that you did your artists wrong. Perhaps there is no proof that you didn't do them wrong. But when every one of your former artists claim the same thing......well, where there's smoke there's usually fire.

    • RickyFameTV

      UMM...WHEN LAZY ARTIST ARE HOT THEY BLAME THE LABEL. BUT WHEN U ON BAD BOY AND DONT GET HOT THEY BLAME PUFFY. TODAY ARTISTS WORKS HARD FOR A DEAL AND DEVELOPS A FAN BASE IE DRAKE,J.COLE, WIZ , WALE, B.O.B. ALL THESE PPL HE SAID ABOVE WERE HOT AT A POINT IN TIME. IS IT HIS JOB TO KEEP THEM AFTER THAT NO. HIS JOB IS TO FIND NEW TALENT LIKE EVERY OTHER LABEL DOES. BUT WHEN U THE FACE OF THE LABEL THEY BLAME YOU.

    • Swamp Thang

      That sounds about right.

  • dsj80

    Robbing artist for their publishing is a form of taking from someone if you ask me. Having them sign shitty contracts where you legally take from them isn't a good look either. FOH Puff with that BS.

  • Articulate1

    Diddy's a first rate liar and a fake, capitalist, snake-bitch. "I been brought up to work hard for mine and never take from nobody"- what a load of bullshit. Every single artist that signed under him made him rich and he showed zero loyalty and kicked them to the curb as soon as any trouble occurred which is documented by many people. You dont get to his status of fame and money without being a greedy, ruthless sellout. He has no talent himself, just the good fortune to ride on Biggies coattail's to fame and fortune. He's a major factor for Hip-Hop sucking big time today. What a bitch.

    • RickyFameTV

      ARE YO DUMB.??? DO U KNOW HOW LABELS WORK??? THEY DO WHAT THEY DO TO BREAK AN ARTIST AND MAKE THEM HOT. THE SIMPLE FACT IS THOSE ARTIST WERE HOT FOR ABOUT 4 TO7 YEARS AND NOW THAT THEY ARE IN THERE 30'S OR 40'S PPL LIKE YOUNG NEW TALENT. HIS LABELS JOB IS TO FIND NEW TALENT AND BREAK ARTIST. ITS NOT HIS JOB TO KEEP THEM HOT BUT TO MAKE THEM HOT AND HE KEPT HIS END OF THE DEAL. NOW A DAYS PPL WORK TO GET HOT IE DRAKE WALE WIZ (J.COLE A LIL BIT) B.O.B. AND YALL ALSO TEND TO FORGET UP NORTH RAP ISNT REALLY SELLING. NAME ME ONE NEW ARTIST FROM THE NORTH THATS A START. NOT JAYZ OR FAB .. WHO ELSE YALL GOT NO ONE.

    • Swamp Thang

      Gruss, what that f*ck are you talking about?? Giving somebody a chance is great but f*cking over them after you gave them a chance is usually done by a piece of sh*t ass muthaf*cka. The Lox weren't fighting for nuthin'. We ain't even gon' talk about the artists who Puff made write for him promising they'll get a chance then dropping them before they recorded anything for themselves. Do your research, Bruh.

    • Gruss

      Puff did show loyalty...He gave those artists a chance under the Bad Boy moniker and that was his loyalty...Just imagine if The LOX,The Notorious B.I.G.,Craig Mack,112,and Ma$e were never signed to Bad Boy ever and Puff was completely out of the picture and those artists never ran into Puff or had any dealings with Puff...Would we be saying that Biggie is the greatest? Would we be still hearing rap records from Jadakiss and Styles P that we are now still hearing today? I know there wouldn't be a Flavor In Your Ear from Craig Mack if Puff never got involved with him...Loyalty or no loyalty, Puff gave those guys exposure and they were able to heard and talked about and some made small imprints under Bad Boy and some made large imprints on Bad Boy but they still made imprints that can't be erased...So it's like a double edge sword to get mad at Puff because if Puff never fucked with those artists then I seriously doubt that any of that good music that was made by them would even exist...That music would've never been created had Puff never signed,met, or dealt with those artists...

    • freshyboi

      "He's a major factor for Hip-Hop sucking big time today." ^^^^ aagreed

  • Rico

    the man has a point. case closed.

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