Former Bad Boy rapper Mark Curry is releasing a tell-all book about his time at the record label, according to ThisIs50.com.
In the book, which is titled Dancing With the Devil, Curry speaks on Diddy’s penchant for stealing artists’ shine and charge them strange fees.
“Puff has an annoying habit of inserting himself into the
songs and videos of all the artists on his label and its common
knowledge that many Bad Boy acts resented him for this,” writes Curry. “Asked about his practice in the July 1995 issue of a magazine
aimed at black teenagers, Puff said: ‘I like performing with my
artists. I like talking on the records and I like being in the videos.
It protects my interests in terms of what I’m going to do in the
future. Say if a company tries to remove me. It’s going to be hard to
remove me and still have my acts and [have] the same level of intensity
and the same flavor and feeling’.“
“Puff charged the artists for his appearance on their records
and videos, usually without [them] realizing it until they receive
their royalty statements,” wrote the rapper, who was known for his appearance on the hit “Bad Boy for Life.” “That’s when they
discovered that their large sums of money had gone to fees which were
doubled, tripled and even quadrupled because of Puff’s ‘special
appearances.’ He charged artists, for example, for having his Bentley
in his videos-which he insisted upon- then took tax credit for business
use of a car.“
Dancing With the Devil is slated for a February release.