Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Reverts Bad Boy Music Publishing Rights to Biggie Estate, Faith Evans, The Lox, and More

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Diddy reverts the music publishing rights of Bad Boy Records to the artists who helped make the company what it is today, including the Biggie Smalls Estate, Faith Evans, The Lox, 112, Ma$e, and more.

Musician and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs celebrates Labor Day by reassigning his Bad Boy Records music publishing rights “back to all Bad Boy artists and writers who helped build Bad Boy into the powerhouse it is today,” according to a release on the Combs-owned Revolt.

Those artists include the estate of the Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, Ma$e, The Lox, 112, and “many more” creators. Details are sparse, but the assets are estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars and have only increased in value in recent years. Sources close to Combs note that he has received multiple multi-million dollar offers for the publishing rights to the Bad Boy catalog but opted instead to return the rights to the songwriters. Most — but not all — recipients are said to have been located and contacted.

Record companies have historically kept the publishing rights of songs made by artists signed to them, but this practice has faded in recent years as artists became aware of the value of their publishing rights. Combs followed this same format when launching Bad Boy Records in 1993, something of which artists like Ma$e have been continually critical.

Ma$e, a Bad Boy rapper who has appeared with Combs on many tracks, has repeatedly called out his former collaborator for money allegedly owed. Last year, Combs said on The Breakfast Club that Ma$e owed him $3 million, but Ma$e has aggressively disputed this, claiming that Combs refused his $2 million offer for Ma$e’s publishing rights in 2020.

“Combs sees this as part of a larger conversation to further economic empowerment for Black artists and culture,” says Revolt, noting that in a business such as music that has historically focused on making profits off of creators, “Combs’ wish is to, instead, reward the culture and develop a new legacy for Black artists.”

Diddy’s latest album, “The L.O.V.E. Album: Off the Grid,” will be released on September 15, featuring artists like Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Mary J. Blige, Swae Lee, and more.