Diddy was just up at Hot 97 with Angie to offer his rebuttal to the LOX allegations. I understand he brought some paperwork with him, being the paperwork gangster that he is.
I haven’t listened to any of it yet ‘cuz I’m still at work, and I may not hear it for a while ‘cuz I’m off tomorrow and I feel like drinking beer. I’ll update this post later with my usual witty insight.
First of all let me just say that for any of us to sit here and try to speculate on who’s right and who’s wrong in this whole situation is a pointless exercise. Unless you’re an entertainment lawyer or you truly understand how publishing works, and have seen all of the legal documents related to the argument, you’re just wasting your breath. That said, lets look at the facts:
- Puff has had disputes with artists about publishing and proper payment before, this is not the first time.
- Although he brought a contract with him that states the split is 80-20, when the LOX sent over a contract stating 50-50, he didn’t want to talk about it. All of a sudden, its between him and them.
- Why does Ms. Wallace, who has been quoted saying that she does not approve of Puff’s business practices, all of a $udden have his back?
Ok, so that last one wasn’t a fact, but you get see what I’m getting at. I’ll admit I’m biased towards the LOX in this dispute, but at the end of the day, if it turns out they were wrong, I’d be the first to admit it. But Puff is trying to paint this picture of them like they are so ignorant to the ways of the industry and he’s just an innocent bystander in this who is being dragged into a publicity stunt against his will. I don’t even see how this would benefit them as a stunt.
"Oh, let’s go on the radio and bitch about how we got jerked for our publishing by Puff. Then when he pulls out the paperwork, let’s draw up a fake contract to counter his." Sorry, I just don’t see how they win from doing that. None of this is going to get Styles album in stores or get them off the blacklist at Interscope, so let’s just relax with all the conspiracy theories.
Here are the links to the Audio (fixed):