Bad Boy The Influence of Sean ""Puffy"" Combs on the Music Industry (Hardcover)
|Author: Ronin Ro|
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|The award-winning Book of The Year author is back with the definitive inside story of platinum artist and producer Combs and his label, Bad Boy Entertainment. Ronin methodically strips Combs's facade to show how the rap industry glorifies criminal activities. 10 photos.|
From the Publisher:
The award-winning author of Have Gun Will Travel and Gangsta offers an eye-opening look at Sean "Puffy" Combs and Bad Boy Entertainment, providing a searing indictment of the man and his work and addressing such issues as the rap industry's glorification of criminal activities.This is a tale of friendship, greed, and betrayal in the music industry -- and a definitive history of America's biggest rap mogul.
No one knows more about creating hits than Sean "Puffy" Combs. For years he virtually ran hip-hop. It seemed the perfect arrangement: "Puffy" provided the sounds and obsessive attention to detail while the Notorious B.I.G. promoted an image that kept rap fans happy. It should have lasted forever, but "Biggie" was murdered at the height of his career -- and "Puffy"'s ascension to superstardom ushered in an age of disloyalty and deception that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in the history of the music industry.
Through interviews with label insiders, grand jury testimony, and other sources, America's preeminent rap journalist Ronin Ro
At once an intimate history and a portrait of an era, Bad Boy shows readers exactly how Combs lost his strangle-hold over the multibillion-dollar rap music industry.
The story of Bad Boy Entertainment is the story of the American Dream, an up-close and personal account of the people, the money, the creative process that made it all come true, and the young mogul who caused the dream to fall apart. In this hip-hop tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, readers finally learn the story that Sean "Puffy" Combs does not want them to know.
One of the major hip-hop entrepreneurs to have achieved prominence in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Sean Combs's rise to fame and notoriety as the controller of Bad Boy Records, a multimillion dollar music empire, is charted here by Ronin Ro. Ro's former rapper status makes him well qualified to interpret the labyrinthine business dealings of the music industry, and gives him intimate access to inside sources. He theorizes that the seeds of the hip-hop mogul's later business reversals lay in an excessive hands-on approach to his artists, coupled with a macho territorial instinct that fueled internecine feuding within the community and led to the murder of one of his label's most popular and lucrative acts, the rapper Biggie Smalls. While Combs's empire was by no means destroyed as a result, his influence on hip-hop was greatly diminished, with many of Bad Boy's artists decamping to other labels; his subsequent forays into fashion, while not unsuccessful, failed to recreate his previous dominance. BAD BOY is a revealing look at the inner workings of the world of entertainment big business, and an instructive guided tour through its many pitfalls.