Dancing with the Devil: How Puff burned the Bad Boys of Hip Hop
by Mark Curry
He has recorded with the biggest stars in the music business, among them Jimmy Page, Snoop Dogg, David Bowie, Busta Rhymes, and Carl Thomas. He wrote many of the hits that made Sean "Puffy" Combs one of the richest men alive. on the surface, the multimillion-dollar empire that Puff built looks like the stuff of dreams. But after working with Puff for a decade, Curry discovered that Bad Boy Entertainment is not, as Puff promises, a place where "dreams come true." No, it is a shell game where rigged contracts rob artists of their time, dreams, and publishing rights.
Dancing with the Devil reveals starling new details about key events in the fast placed, controversial, and sometimes deadly world of hip-hop music, including: how Puff abandoned Notorious B.I.G. only hours after he was gunned down; Puff's close relationship with the man who took credit for shooting Tupac at Quad Studios; fresh evidence in the 1995 murder of Suge Knight's bodyguard Big Jake; Puff's betrayal of Shyne and lies to both the grand jury and trial jury; the probable cause of Puff's brutal attacks on both strangers and colleagues, including record mogul Steve Stoute and the late Shakir Stewart.
In revealing the dark side of the industry, Curry hopes to provide a road map for reforms needed before more artists end up in poverty, in prison, or in the grave.
Price: $19.95 [Book - Paperback]