During my daily jaunt ’round the blogosphere, I ran across a post on Necole Bitchie reporting that former Bad Boy artist Mark Curry is releasing a tell all about Bad Boy Records, entitled “Dancing With The Devil: How Puff Burned the Bad Boys of Hip Hop.” Finally, a Bad Boy artist brave enough to come forward and reveal the madness behind the label.
I love a good tell-all, and this one may be real interesting. It gives us a glimpse into the darker side of the game, the side we don’t see in the shows, videos, and headlines. It’s about time someone pulled back the curtains and exposed the inner workings of Bad Boy.
It’s a running joke in hip hop that when you sign to Bad Boy, you might as well just give up on your career right then and there, because at that point, it’s not going anywhere. Forget your hopes and dreams. You get one hot track and you’re shelved fo’ life. Ask Cheri Dennis, G-Dep, and Shyne.
Check out Necole Bitchie’s post for summaries from the book. Mark Curry was cool enough to post Chapter 1 on his site for our viewing pleasure. Charging artists for video appearances? Damn Diddy! No wonder he was all over his artists videos…