Diddy Returns Music Publishing Rights to Mase and Other Bad Boy Artists

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Three years ago Mase went public with claims Sean “Diddy” Combs had “robbed” him of music royalties, the two have now come to an agreement.

Diddy announced on Labor Day through his Revolt TV website that he reassigned publishing rights to the artists and songwriters who helped build Bad Boy Records into a powerhouse label.

Among the artists the site said “now own” their music are hitmakers Faith Evans, Mase, The LOX, 112, the estate of the Notorious B.I.G., and Bad Boy songwriters.

Diddy was offered “100s of millions of dollars” for Bad Boy’s publishing rights, according to Revolt. Instead of selling, he chose to transfer the label’s publishing catalog to its artists.

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Mase’s friend and collaborator Cam’ron revealed news of the publishing agreement on Instagram last week. Using his friend’s original stage name — “Murda Mase” — Cam’ron wrote: “He just got his publishing back from Puff. Just finished the paper work for that yesterday. Congrats @rsvpmase.”

Cam’ron included a plug for his new mixtape, The Lost Files Vol. 1, which comes out on Sept. 8.

Diddy launched Bad Boy Records in 1993.

Mase was introduced to Diddy in 1996, and signed with Bad Boy a short time after the meeting. The Feel So Good rapper and Diddy climbed the charts together and co-starred in a string of slick music videos.

But eventually they had a falling out and in a January 2020 Instagram post — which has since been deleted — Mase said Diddy’s business practices had been “extremely unfair,” as previously reported.

The Instagram post came in response to a widely-praised speech Diddy gave after receiving an industry Icon Award at a pre-Grammys gala hosted by Clive Davis. At the time, the hip-hop mogul said the Recording Academy had a history of failing to give rap music and R&B proper respect.

Mase posted a scathing response after Diddy’s speech went viral.

“If u want to see change, you can make a change today by starting with yourself,” Mase wrote. “For example, u still got my publishing from 24 years ago in which u gave me $20k.”

Mase said in the post he had recently tried to buy back his publishing rights for $2 million, but Diddy declined.

In a 2022 interview with “The Breakfast Club,” Diddy denied allegations he stole from his artists and said Mase owed him $3 million, as reported by Complex.

Diddy has a new album titled The Love Album: Off the Grid dropping on Sept. 15. The rapper and mogul revealed last week on Instagram, the album includes collaborations with Dirty Money, The Weeknd, Summer Walker, Jeremih, Swae Lee, Babyface, Mary J. Blige, French Montana, Justin Bieber, and others.