News: Royce Da 5'9 Reveals Writing Duties For Diddy, "I Give Him What He Asks For" [Video]
Friday, Oct 2, 2009 10:15AM
Slaughterhouse's Royce Da 5'9 recently revealed his working relationship with Diddy as one of the rap mogul's personal writers and described how the two create records together.
According to Royce, Puff has an intent to place more lyricism on his raps than most fans would expect.
"When I go in with Puff, I give him what he asks for," Royce revealed in an interview. "That's one thing he's never asked before [which is to dumb it down.] He's never came and said 'Yo, that's too lyrical.' If anything, it's 'Yo, put some more lines it it.' He's a fan of lyrics. He's a fan of lyrics, it's just the overall sound I think when people hear it, they have the impression that he wants to dumb everything down. I think he's just the opposite. I think he wants to figure out ways to combine both the worlds. The very very commercial 'I can sell this to anybody' world and he wants to maintain that lyrical integrity because he's from the streets. So I think he tries to combine 'em and I think he tries to find people that can put him in that lane. Because him just spitting it alone gives him another appeal. I see what he's doing and he normally is able to pull it off, I'm not in there all the time because I got my own sh*t that I'm dealing with but trust in me every time he calls I try to go and give him what he's looking for." (Ms Drama TV)
Former Bad Boy ghost writer Mark Curry previously began a campaign against Diddy saying the rap mogul took more than his fair share from the artists on the roster.
"I think the only person, man, that came away and walked off with a little bit of money is Ma$e and that's praise God for the church, because you know on Sundays, when they be taking that offer, that's good money. So we can't say he's not doing nothing. As far as any other artists, if you can tell me another Bad Boy artist that's doing good, I'll listen to you, other than that, I can't waste my time trying to think 'cause I don't think there's one that exists." (Daily Motion)
Curry also penned a book called Dancing With the Devil speaking on his experiences on the Bad Boy roster and Diddy's business habits.
"Even worse, Puff charged the artists for his appearances on their records and in the videos, usually without their realizing it until they received their royalty statements," the first chapter reads. "That's when they discovered that a large sum of their money had gone to fees which were doubled, tripled and even quadrupled because of Puff "special guest appearance. He charged artists, for example, for having his Bentley in their videos -- which he insisted upon -- then took a tax credit for business use of the car." (Dancing With the Devil)
Diddy has been known to work with writers for his music including Jadakiss and was also hit with a lawsuit over his No Way Out compilation in 2002.
The $4 million suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by Universal-MCA Music Publishing, accuses Combs and Bad Boy of trying to swindle three writers out of royalties for six songs from Puffy's 1997 album, No Way Out. Among the songs cited is the No. 1 hit "I'll Be Missing You," which was written in memory of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. and revolves around major chunks of the Police track "Every Breath You Take." (MTV)
Check out Royce Da 5'9 speaking on Diddy below: