Is Diddy losing his edge?

Remember that scene towards the end of the movie Casino, where the fat, aging Joe Pesci had to punch a guy like three times just to knock him out? Of course you do. Hip-hop heads are obsessed with gangster movies, even shitty ones, like Scarface.

That scene in Casino is ridonkulous, in the sense Joe Pesci probably couldn’t knock anyone out in 10 punches, let alone three. Even in his youth, he’d probably have to stand on a milk crate to hit a decent sized guy, and he must have been upwards of 60 when Casino was made. It’s a testament to his skill as an actor that that scene resonates with me to this day. I think about it, whenever I see an old man who’s just not as strong as he used to be.

Case in point: Diddy.

I’ve gone on record, on this site and elsewhere, as saying that Diddy is my favorite hip-hop mogul, even though he doesn’t seem to possess a talent for anything other than dancing. He took Bad Boy records from having umpteen #1 singles in a row, and raking in hundreds of millions of dollars a year, to not having any artists anyone could even name, in no time at all, once his one good artist bit the dust. In the past 10 years, he’s been known more for jerking artists than for making hits.

But I could respect him for having the proverbial tenacity of a cockroach. Year in and year out, he’s making as much money as damn near anyone in hip-hop, just from forcing the Lox to sign over their advances from other labels, exploiting Biggie’s corpse, making black people look stupid on reality TV, shilling for alcohol companies, so on and so forth. As my old man would always tell me, if you can’t be good, be good at it. (Is it any wonder I ended up in this line of work?)

Lately though, I’ve started to worry about Diddy. A few weeks ago, I read on Combat Jack’s blog that the Bad Boy Records we’ve come to know and love has ceased to exist. In moving the label from wherever it had been to Interscope (oddly enough, 2Pac’s old label), the old offices were shuttered and the entire staff was let go. This got swept under rug, probably because most people never really understood the nature of Bad Boy Records in the first place. Because there was a black guy in charge, of course it was thought of as a vanity label. But for its first 15 years or so, it was a vanity label with an actual staff. And I guess it’s now been reduced to something along the lines of a rubber stamp.

I know Diddy’s planning to unleash that Last Train to Paris album he’s been threatening to hurt our ears with on the new, even more vain Bad Boy, but I wonder if there will be any other artists. This might have been as good a time as any to bring Pastor Ma$e out of retirement, since, from what I understand, he was still contractually obligated to Diddy until just now. The other day, there was apparently a video of him bumrushing Diddy at a radio station in Atlanta and forcing him to sign a release – similar to how Suge Knight used to get people to sign contracts, but with less violence and more homoerotic laying of guilt trips. I remember Ma$e was rolling with G-Unit, around the time I started blogging for this site, but he must not have been able to release an album with them, because of his situation with Bad Boy.

If Fiddy Cent couldn’t squeeze any money out of Pastor Ma$e in 2005, there’s probably not much Diddy could do with him today. And Ma$e’s contractual obligation to Diddy might have been more or less moot anyway, given the current state of Bad Boy Records. If you’re signed to a label, and that label, for all intents and purposes, went out of business, you should be free to go about your business. For all we know, a talented enough Jew could have extricated Pastor Ma$e from Diddy’s tentacles a long time ago. Still, if I were Diddy, I wouldn’t have capitulated to Pastor Ma$e live on the radio. I don’t care if he had a point, and if he doesn’t stand to make any real money anyway, it just doesn’t project strength. If there isn’t a rule in 50 Cent’s The 50th Law stating that, whenever confronted in a legal dispute live on the radio with someone who was once caught cruising for tranny hookers, immediately change the topic of the conversation to the fact that he was once caught cruising for tranny hookers, there should be. That’s good advice.

Similarly, I couldn’t help but think Diddy played himself having the entire audience of 106 & Park stopped and frisked, to try to find his $25,000 ring. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t have a problem with him trying to get his jewelry back from a buncha thieving-ass niggas. This is why black people can’t have nice things. Diddy tried to do something nice for those kids, paying a visit to 106 & Park. He even tossed out a few dollar bills. I’m sure a few of those kids needed that money to buy hair gel and ramen noodles. And how did they repay him? They stole his shit. I’m less concerned with the fact that Diddy tried to get his shit back than the fact that he didn’t. If he really needed that ring back (this is a recession), he should have locked down the studio and had a private security firm – Blackwater or somebody – come in and look in people’s assholes. As long as it didn’t cost $25,000, it would have been worth. Otherwise, he should have announced to the crowd that he dropped a $25,000 ring, the he knew one of those thieving ninjas stole it, and that he didn’t give a shit, because he’s Diddy and he can easily buy another.

Something tells me that the Diddy of 10 years ago would have done just that.

  • General

    I think Mase actually did him a favor by checking himself off the list of rappers that Diddy had to serve with their walking papers now that the old Bad Boy is done…

  • BIGNAT

    “Still, if I were Diddy, I wouldn’t have capitulated to Pastor Ma$e live on the radio. I don’t care if he had a point, and if he doesn’t stand to make any real money anyway, it just doesn’t project strength. If there isn’t a rule in 50 Cent’s The 50th Law stating that, whenever confronted in a legal dispute live on the radio with someone who was once caught cruising for tranny hookers, immediately change the topic of the conversation to the fact that he was once caught cruising for tranny hookers, there should be. That’s good advice.”

    i agree business should be handled behind closed doors even though mase’s side of the business is already out there. if i was diddy i would have just looked at him let things get real silent. then say you don’t belong here and if you don’t leave i will have my secuirty=goons remove you.
    the ring thing i would have not even worried about it if i was diddy. if it can’t be fount fuck it. i would have been sending a bill to b.e.t.

    • DV8

      they where at a Atlanta radio station. Diddy or his security dont have any jurisdiction over who can or cannot come on that radio stations property. If V103 didnt want Mase on the property he wouldnt have made it past the front door. Personally I think it was a set up. Not that im mad at that though. Im glad Mase went the route he did to get the job done.

  • DV8

    did you know that most of that money Diddy and his concubine threw were fake singles? the rest of it was real singles. Either way Puff is a bitch for that. Maybe if he made it rain $25,000 real dollars he wouldnt have lost that ring.

  • Mean Greene

    Man Bol gotta give you credit. I was just noticing the same thing about Poppa Diddy Pop.

    1. He also lied about talking to Shyne.

    2. He has a tell-all book dropping soon that refers to him as the devil in the title.

    3. His entire crew gets swallowed up by Interscope and subsequently let go.

    4. Mase tells the world “I aint used to Puff doing nice things”

    5. He figured this Dirty Money fiasco would be catching fire by now and he would be building a crazy buzz. Not so much…

    Maybe this is karma for Puff’s days of raping Total?

  • sealsaa

    Maybe the ghost of Biggie visited upon him one night, forced him to look at his past and showed him the error of his ways ala Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”.

    • Bobo D

      Did Puff finally get the guts to look in the mirror and say “Biggie Smalls” three times?

  • Brooklyn

    diddy never had an edge, and if he did it was blunted when he started wearing those metallic suits and fucking al b. sure’s baby mama.

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Puffy has like 12 bodies on his grimy fuckin hands. Fuck Diddy…..no homo!!

  • Notorious AGC

    who cares about these two shitty NY rappers.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      Word, f*** Mase & Puff.

      But it seems like you have a distaste for NY by you’re statement. We already know/knew they’re from NY, yet your comment name is similar to a deceased New Yorker.

      No disrespect but it seems weird.

      • Notorious AGC

        Nah, I am from L.A. but my favorite rappers are from NY biggie and jay-z (and im 23 im not 40 like their usual fans).nullus.Mase and Diddy are by far some
        of the weirdest and dumbest(musically) rappers i have ever seen or heard….i felt like goin to the hospital( like fiddy did when he heard fat joes cd) when i hear any mase or diddy music.

        • $ykotic/Don McCaine

          No doubt. I kinda thought that was the deal.

          PEACE

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    Ma$e must really, really love Hip Hop to step away from the endless amount of revenue available pandering salvation.

    You know the economy’s bad when a dude can’t make a buck baptising children & selling hope.

  • http://blendzmusik.blogspot.com dj blendz

    Puffy got served after all them yrs. of having his artists “take that,take that” up the rectum,no vas

    Thats good fo’ his ass!!

  • capcobra

    I know Diddy’s planning to unleash that Last Train to Paris album he’s been threatening to hurt our ears with on the new, even more vain Bad Boy, but I wonder if there will be any other artists…..LMBAO…and yes i think it’s gonna be other artists..puffy ain’t gon rape himself..at least i hope not…cause it’s 2 million broke rappers that wanna be part of that “new” bad boy…hell..he already got some talent-less talent lined up on his “wanna be a star” show…and he got a band waiting in th wings on his other show…not to mention the dirty money girl that wasn’t in danity kane…the new bad boy is shapig up already..and it ain’t gon be a bunch of rappers like before.

  • abdulnasir

    i gotta say Bol, this is ur most entertainin blog yet! i fell that same way (II) about puffy!

  • http://xxl All Dae

    Bols writing got a lot better after to whole Darrion/TAPAR comments meltdown.

    I’ve always respected Diddys business sense and savvy. I agree that even 8 years ago Diddy wouldn’t have signed shit on air and Mase wouldn’t have approched him. Maybe Mase was all prayed up first.
    Also homie was petty to have the shorties frisked. Diddys a real mover and I would like to show that kind of brass at work let alone being in the spotlight.

  • ApolloKid551

    This is one of the best wriiten blog ive seen i a while, im new 2 the blogging thing but that was beautiful, that is Sean Combs in a nut shell this guy has been a cancer in the hip-hop community 4 a long time now his time has past, i will respect were respect is due he did increible thing in the 90s & early 2000s but thats were the buck shots literialy lol, his involvment with the black mafia needs 2 be questioned, his involvment in 2Pacs shooting in ’94, his involvment in Suge Knight’s best friend getting killed in ’95 in Atlanta, his involvment with Biggies murder, his involvment in Shyne taking the fall, his involvment with them Jewish businessman & his involvment with them secret socities, but dnt take my word 4 it just look at this guy’s record he is consistant in all these incidents or things, but great blog…