Faith Evans, who was married to The Notorious B.I.G. at the time of the rapper’s murder in March of 1997, says that she doesn’t blame his killing on Bad Boy Records.
During a recently published interview with the Los Angeles Times, which was part of a larger retrospective piece titled “Bad Boy For Life: A look back at the rap empire Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs built,” Evans says that Biggie’s killing was “deeper than the music business” and that his death, along with the murder of Tupac Shakur, was “the result of people not being good people.”
“The only way you can look at it is tragic,” Faith Evans says. “Tragic and senseless. But I don’t think that situation was the result of being in the music business. It’s a little deeper than that. I think all the things that came with it definitely added to the hype of things. The whole media element, and people being able to say what they think and not be accurate.
“But the bottom line is it was two senseless tragedies that were the result of people not being good people,” she continued. “I can’t say the music business is the reason why. Losing my husband [is] something I think about every day. But I don’t blame that on Bad Boy — at all.”
Elsewhere in the piece, Quinnes “Q” Parker, a member of the Atlanta quartet 112, who were signed with Bad Boy until 2002, spoke on the record label’s seeming demise after Puff Daddy continued to push himself as one of the imprint’s flagship artists.
“Where it started to strain … was when he started to focus on his artistry and him being not only the president and CEO but now an artist on the label,” Parker says. “The more the focus started to go on him, the other artists under the label started to feel either neglected or just felt like this is the time … to go and kind of sort our own way.”
Faith Evans also revealed her reasons for leaving the label.
“I left for different reasons,” she says. “I felt like it was time for me to do something different, and at that time I wasn’t getting what I felt from the other end what I was putting in, as far as being dedicated. Puff wasn’t in that same place as far as being a record executive; he was dabbling in other things at the time.”
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