Diddy Says G. Dep's Murder Conviction Is 'A Shame'

'It all stemmed from substance abuse,' Combs says in response to G. Dep's second-degree murder charge.

Not long after [artist id="1244169"]Diddy[/artist] turned heads at Rick Ross' [article id="1684369"]Maybach Music Group press conference[/article] on Wednesday, he appeared on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 radio show and addressed the recent tribulations of two of his former Bad Boy artists: G. Dep and Mase.

According to Diddy, G. Dep, who was recently convicted of [article id="1683518"]second-degree murder[/article] on a 1993 shooting charge stemming from a botched robbery in Harlem, became a different person when severe substance-abuse issues took hold of his life.

"None of that was in G. Dep's nature. When there were certain things that he was going through with the substance-abuse situation, he would be a different person. But on an everyday [basis], he was probably one of the nicest, most quiet, shyest, most humble cats that was out there," he told Flex. "I was like, OK, maybe he was under the influence when he confessed. And then out of nowhere, they said he was convicted, which was such a shame, because he's such a great talent. And it all stemmed from substance abuse."

Diddy also recently got a surprise when recording for the remix to Wale's "Slight Work." He was paired with his former right-hand man Mase, a platinum-selling rapper who was rumored to be a new signee of Ross' Maybach Music Group earlier this week.

"Me and Mase are cool. We've kept in touch over the years. I love Mase," he told Flex of the MC who once retired to become a preacher. "If it wasn't for Mase, I wouldn't be where I was at today. Me and him were like Batman and Robin. So it felt good to get back on a record with him, and it's one of the hottest, most intense records in the club. That's what I specialize in. And then talking that talk."

Last week Mase addressed a rumor that he might be [article id="1683842"]signing with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group[/article]. "[Rico Love] just called and asked me to take a ride with him — I didn't know who was gonna be in the studio," Mase explained. "I got there and everybody was there, and they just said, 'Take a flick.' The next thing I know I got a Maybach chain, I got 20 beats from Kanye. The stories just keep getting crazier."