Sean “Diddy” Combs, the music industry titan, has taken a big step to back up his words with action. The man behind Bad Boy Records handed over the publishing rights to his music catalog. He gave it to the very artists and songwriters who helped him shape the label.
Sean Combs artists’ rights restoration
This bold move is worth hundreds of millions, according to insiders cited by Variety News. It’s also a signal that Diddy wants to change how labels treat artists, giving them more say in their careers. Bad Boy, founded in 1993, is responsible for some of hip-hop’s most iconic tracks.
Tracks like “Juice” and “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems” by Notorious B.I.G., “Flava In Ya Ear” by Craig Mack, and “Feel So Good” by Ma$e. Sean Combs, the label’s founder, is known for supporting Black culture and artists. His recent actions could be his most significant yet.
Diddy is reportedly transferring all publishing rights related to Bad Boy back to the artists who signed with the label. He’s said to have received offers in the hundreds of millions to sell those rights but decided on this generous gesture instead. Sources reveal that Faith Evans, Ma$e, The LOX, 112, and Notorious B.I.G.’s estate have already inked deals to reclaim their rights, with more artists on the way.
This marks the first time Bad Boy will own its publishing rights, a massive win for the artists who built the label. Previously, EMI held those rights, eventually bought by Sony. Now, these artists can benefit from their own legacies and foster new talent under the label’s banner.
This move comes shortly after Diddy’s well-received speech at the 2020 Pre-Grammys gala. He criticized the Recording Academy for not respecting rap music and Black culture enough. The speech led to a clash with rapper Ma$e.
Who accused Diddy of past financial mistreatment in a now-deleted Instagram post, claiming he was owed $3 million. Diddy refuted these allegations in a 2022 interview with The Breakfast Club. While it’s too soon to gauge the long-term impact of Diddy’s actions on the music industry, it’s undoubtedly a positive step.
Hopefully, this is only the beginning of a larger conversation about empowering artists and songwriters economically. A topic that has long troubled the music world. It’s an idea worth supporting.