Changes continue within the ranks of P. Diddy’s Bad Boy label. A little over a week since he said he was leaving his distributor, Arista, and Arista announced it would be handling Faith Evans’ future recordings, another act is trying to break out from under his wing.
Diddy’s current best-sellers, 112, are a court ruling away from bolting Bad Boy to go to Def Jam/Def Soul.
The multiplatinum quartet almost made a clean getaway on Friday, but Diddy filed a restraining order in Manhattan Supreme Court that has them in limbo until a judge reviews whether they can lawfully leave.
“I am shocked that someone who I considered a close friend for 15 years is attempting to steal one of my acts,” Diddy said about Def Jam CEO Lyor Cohen in a statement last week. “Although I’m grateful the court issued a temporary restraining order in my favor, this kind of inappropriate behavior is disgraceful, and I feel betrayed.”
A spokesperson for Def Jam said no one at the label had a comment about the situation. 112 declined to weigh in on why they wanted to leave Bad Boy, and their managers also had no comment.
The group was up for a Grammy Wednesday night in the category of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for “Peaches & Cream” — a song Diddy produced.