D-Block Vs. The Diddy

  Last week, D-Block members, Styles P and Jadakiss of The L.O.X., discussed their frustrations with the music industry with Angie Martinez on New York's Hot 97. Eventually an on-air battle ensued with Sean "Diddy" Combs over the artists publishing rights.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Jadakiss went to Hot 97 to discuss Sheek Louch's Nov. 17 Koch release After Taxes and ended up announcing their retirement from the rap game. Styles P and Jadakiss announced that they would not put out any more solo projects and that there would be no more L.O.X. albums.

When Angie Martinez asked what got them to this point, Styles P said, "Slavery, Angie. It's like if you were coming to this job every day, putting in what you do to make yourself the voice of New York and I'm taking half of your money."

Styles P and Jadakiss pointed fingers at Sean "Diddy" Combs, who originally signed The L.O.X to his Bad Boy Label and put out their debut album Money, Power & Respect, in 1998. "It's hard for me to look at Puff," said Jadakiss. "This is my life. It's worth dying over. It's worth killing over."

The artists called "Diddy," who later dialed into the station to refute the allegations, a gangster with his paper work. Reportedly, Sean Combs still makes a large percentage of any future projects the rappers work on although they are no longer signed to his label. After leaving Bad Boy, the L.O.X. signed to Ruff Ryders though Interscope. Styles P and Jadakiss have also vowed to never record for Interscope, citing their beef with 50 Cent as the main reason.

Combs called in from his office inviting Jadakiss and Styles P to come sit down like men and talk to him. The heated exchange became a war of words over publishing rights and manhood, and eventually Combs hung up. The L.O.X. continued to discuss Bad Boy's mistreatment of artists. Hints were dropped about Combs' control over publishing rights for the Notorious B.I.G.

Combs went on air with Martinez on Nov. 17 to tell his side of the story explaining that, "It's clear that they don't understand the business that they've been in for ten years." He also called the accusations nasty, untrue, and tragic. "It's embarassing that some artists who have been in the game for ten years, don't even know the 101 of the industry."

Diddy claimed he ownly held 20% of the group's publishing, but then their lawyer e-mailed paper work disputing that fact and showed that he instead held 50%. When The L.O.X. tried to call in to speak with him on air, he refused, again stating that he wanted to sit down with them like business men.

In regards to accusations about Diddy's control of the Notorious B.I.G.'s publishing rights made by Lil Cease, his mother, Voletta Wallace said Lil Cease needs to mind his own damn business.

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