Sean “Diddy” Combs is finally showing the love to his Bad Boy artists in the form of returning publishing rights to his Bad Boy recording artists from the 1990s. Bad Boy was one of the most popular and lucrative record labels in the 1990s and 2000s. Artists like the Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim, 112, The Lox and Mase made music that helped propel the record label into Hip-Hop history. These acts have now been giving back control of their songwriting rights. Although Combs was previously offered millions of dollars for Bad Boy’s catalog, the music mogul declined the offers and instead is returning the rights to the artists. Combs’ decision coincides with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Hip-Hop soul label.
It is being reported by multiple news outlets most of the parties have been contacted by Combs and contracts are in place although some artists have not been located at this time.
Details of the deal remain undisclosed.
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This news brief was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on social media @Ntellectual.