Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Presents Again Publishing Rights to Unhealthy Boy Artists

Sean “Diddy” Combs has gifted his Unhealthy Boy household with life-changing anniversary presents. In keeping with Billboard, the music mogul has determined to return the publishing rights of his label’s artists and songwriters to their rightful homeowners.

The transfer resulted in Unhealthy Boy Leisure’s host of creatives shortly signing agreements to regain management of their mental property. Ma$e, Religion Evans, The LOX, 112, and the property of The Infamous B.I.G. are amongst those that have already inked offers to reclaim their rights, as per Billboard. Combs began the method in Could 2021 to promote the catalog, however the particulars of the preparations are nonetheless unknown. 

For years, the administration of publishing on behalf of Unhealthy Boy was entrusted to EMI, a subsidiary of Sony Music Publishing/Sony Company of America. Notably, EMI nonetheless handles Combs’ publishing. 

Offering artists with publishing rights may imply tens of tens of millions of {dollars} for his or her backside line, as gross sales of publishing have steadily elevated through the years. For instance, Dr. Dre just lately bought his catalog for greater than $300 million, and Justin Bieber netted north of $200 million. 

This beneficiant transfer by Combs coincides with the thirtieth anniversary celebration of Unhealthy Boy Leisure this 12 months. The choice follows a longstanding public feud between Combs and Ma$e, one among Unhealthy Boy’s hitmakers. The rift arose when Combs criticized the Recording Academy throughout his 2020 Business Icon Award acceptance speech for undervaluing Black artists in R&B and rap. Ma$e confronted his former label boss in an Instagram put up. He revealed that he provided $2 million to purchase again his publishing, however Combs mentioned no. 

Ma$e additional alleged, “Your previous enterprise practices knowingly have continued to starve your artist purposely and have been extraordinarily unfair to the exact same artist that helped [you] acquire that Icon Award on the long-lasting Unhealthy Boy label.” 

The put up make clear long-standing grievances, together with Combs retaining Ma$e’s publishing rights from 24 years in the past in alternate for a mere $20,000. 

In a later interview with “The Breakfast Membership” in 2022, Combs acknowledged that Ma$e owed him $3 million for an album advance that was by no means obtained. 

Unhealthy Boy Leisure, based by Combs in 1993, has loved a storied historical past within the music business. The label shortly turned profitable, with many albums and singles that went gold, platinum, or multi-platinum. The artists included Craig Mack, The Infamous B.I.G., Religion Evans, Ma$e, Whole, 112, The LOX and Diddy himself. Over time, the label’s illustrious roster has additionally featured abilities like Carl Thomas, Shyne, Dream, Danity Kane and French Montana. 

Moreover, it housed an in-house author and producer collective often called The Hitmen, which included notable figures just like the late Chucky Thompson, Stevie J, Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie, and Mario Winans. Latest releases beneath the Unhealthy Boy banner embrace Machine Gun Kelly’s 2022 album “Mainstream Sellout” and Janelle Monae’s newest providing, “The Age of Pleasure.”