Mark Curry Says Diddy Returned Artists’ Publishing Rights After Decrease In Value, ‘ It’s An Insult

One-time Bad Boy Records rapper Mark Curry pokes around that Sean “Diddy” Combs’ conclusion to give artists back their publishing rights is too small, too belated.

On Wednesday, September 6, Curry, who was signed to Bad Boy during the first half of the ’00s and appeared on Diddy’s hit 2001 single “Bad Boy for Life,” shared his thoughts on his one-time CEO’s gesture in a social media post.
The bard expressed that he’d rather be paid with a seven-figure payout than have the rights to his publishing, honing their seemingly lowered value.

“Diddy gave the publishing back… So what,” Curry wrote in the post’s caption. “It has no value… I want him to give me a million cash and then I can plan the rest of my life out well.” In an accompanying clip, the rapper reiterated his desire to be paid for his contributions to Bad Boy while revealing he had received his publishing rights back from Diddy “a long time ago.”

Curry then considered Diddy’s hollow decision to give back the publishing as a display of disrespect. “I said why don’t you just keep it and pay me? I don’t want the publishing; I want the money,” he proclaimed. The artist proceeded to say his gripes in the post’s comments, alluding to the positive effect having custody of his publishing could’ve had on his life during periods of monetary uncertainty.

“Ever had somebody owe you 50 dollars.. when you needed it back.. they didn’t pay you. then by the time they do pay you.. the 50 dollars doesn’t mean the same as it did when you needed it,” Curry asked, rhetorically. “That’s how I feel… I wanted that when it was making money.. not after it’s all gone.. what ima do with that? In fact. It’s an insult.”

The announcement of Diddy reassigning publishing rights back to his one-time artists emerged earlier this week, with Variety reporting that the magnate’s conclusion came as part of his task to encourage and foster Black economic empowerment within the entertainment space and other peculiar sectors.

“We’re told the rationale for this boils down to wanting to revolutionize the industry with this to empower artists and to switch up the dynamic — which has been a certain way for a long time,” a source told the outlet. “As part of his legacy, Diddy’s hoping to enrich others in his community.” The 53-year-old purportedly declined several lucrative bids for the Bad Boy catalogue, with offers allegedly peaking at nine figures.

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