Is Bad Boy Records really shutting down? Over the past few months this has been the talk of the net. Many sources claim that Diddy is shutting down the iconic record label while others claim it’s just a rumor. Stories have been surfacing that some employees have been laid off and others given jobs on other Diddy ventures, but the truth still stands that that Sean P. Diddy Combs himself has not confirmed or denied these actions yet.
After being fired from Uptown Records Diddy (then Puff Daddy), founded Bad Boy Records in 1993. Since then, Bad Boy records has been one of the most influential labels in the business for Hip hop and R&B. Even before then Diddy played a major roll in sculpting the game into what it has become today. Not only with music, but fashion and the overall life style. Least we not forget that the man invented that thing we call the remix.
Recently P. Diddy has been making his money in other places including his own cable TV network Revolt, his Ciroc Vodka and clothing line Sean John. Last year he topped the Forbes Cash Kings list bringing in over 50 million dollars. Diddy once said in an interview that music is really just a hobby at this point. He does it because he loves it. In other words he’s making his real money elsewhere.
There’s a new generation of Bad Boy artists these days with a roster including French Montana, Janelle Monae and MGK to name a few. What happens to those artists if Bad Boy shuts its doors? Has Diddy really given up on the music industry? Let hope not. I myself was head over heels for the Diddy Dirty Money project a few years back and I’m rooting for a sequel. Maybe it really is just a rumor, anyhow, it’s the perfect time to reminisce on the great times that Bad Boy records has brought us over the last two decades.
Last year Diddy celebrated Bad Boy’s 20 year anniversary. So here are 13 artists that Diddy has introduced to us that still hold valuable moments of our music history.
Total was Diddy’s first all female R&B group. They’re mostly remembered for hits like “Kissing You” and “Can’t You See” that featured The Notorious B.I.G. in one of his most memorable verses. The group ended up disbanding after several internal beefs that made many headlines in various publications. I guess a group of girls can only get along for so long.
12. Carl Tomas
An incredible vocalist that had such a promising future ahead of him. A heroin addiction put a damper on the possibilities. His debut album Emotional was Grammy nominated.
11. Da Band
Two years before the phenomenon known as American Idol debuted in 2002, Diddy had Making the Band on MTV. He hand selected inspiring artists in not only a competition but put them through training and demeaning tasks to form a group. In 2002 he created Da Band. Six members were selected from 40,000 hopefuls. Their journey was documented over three seasons and who could forget the classic Dylan lines “I spit that hot fire” or the top three MC’s are “Dylan, Dylan and Dylan”.
10. The Lox
Still an active rap group with plans to drop a new highly anticipated album later this year. The Lox was a hip-hop trio that earned the upmost respect from the hip-hop world for lyricism. Jada Kiss from the group is still considered one of hip-hops elite even though he rarely puts out albums. The group left Bad Boy after one album and joined the Ruff Ryders. After several dis songs aimed at Diddy and Bad Boy records the group has since settled their beef and released several solo albums.
This R&B group had several classic albums and hits including “Peaches and Cream”, “Anywhere”, “Cupid” and “Only U” which featured rapper Ma$e in his first appearance. They racked up platinum plaques and screaming girls for a decade before breaking up to release solo albums that never reached the same level of success.
8. Young Jeezy
Now I know what you’re thinking, he’s not a Bad Boy artist. Remember where he came from. Jeezy was in a group called Boyz ‘N’ Da Hood. They were the first group signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy South. Jeezy just became too big of a star to stick around. Other members of the group would also emerge as solo artists including Gorilla Zoe and unofficial member Young Joc.
After Biggie died, Ma$e was Diddy’s new sidekick. They were always seen side by side. Ma$e himself introduced us to several artists including Cam’ron and Loon. After a short run of hits and stardom the fame became too much for Ma$e and he left the rap game to become a pastor. He attempted a come back years later but it just wasn’t the same.
6. Lil Kim
One of the many artists introduced to us by The Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim was a member of Biggie’s protégé group Junior Mafia. She became a female icon in hip-hop history. She is currently running her own label, which has yet to release an actual studio album. Her protégé Tiffany Foxx is slated to be the first artist to be released.
5. Faith Evens
Bad Boy’s First Lady, Biggie’s widow and one of the R&B’s most incredible voices. She’s been through a lot outside of music, but none of which should take away from the incredible talent she is and the classic albums she released.
Yes Usher did his best work with Jermaine Dupree with the album My Way and who could forget Confessions which is one of the best selling R&B albums of all times. Can you remember where he got his start? At the age of 13, Usher moved in with P. Diddy with the blessing of his mother to develop him as an artist. A decision that she would later regret after stories of an irresponsible Diddy life style filled with naked girls, drugs and alcohol. Usher was signed to LaFace records but hit puberty at the wrong time. Diddy was to develop him during this transition while his voice was changing. Diddy produced his first album, which had minimal success.
Before Bad Boy Records Diddy worked for Uptown Records where he started off as an intern. Diddy is the reason why Jodeci wore combat boots with shorts and coats. He was very instrumental in their first album and the rest is history. They must be in everyone’s top ten R&B group list of all time.
2. Mary J. Blige
Similar to Jodeci, Diddy was the one who helped her find her wings while on Uptown Records. She took on the title of “Queen of Hip-Hop” even though she was an R&B singer. It was the success of Mary J. Blige and Jodeci that went to Diddy’s head. His cockiness after his involvement of two bigger than life acts would eventually lead to him being fired.
- Notorious B.I.G.
He really needs no introduction. Known as New York’s savior, he has a movie about his life that will explain what he meant to hip-hop for anyone in the dark about who he was. I personally was the world’s biggest 2Pac fan, so Biggie was the enemy when I was growing up but I can’t take away from his influence on the business.
There were many other artists that Diddy introduced to us over the past 20+ years. These are just a few of my personal favorites. We never want to see Diddy give up on music. Let’s hope it’s all just a rumor. Even if it can never be what it once was Bad Boy records is a valuable piece of our music history.