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We know what you’re thinking–only 12? Let us explain. Through the years Bad Boy Records has left a number of its former artists in the dire circumstances as Sean “Diddy” Combs and the label he founded moved on. But there are some acts that particularly standout because of their hard knock stories.

Some of the artists mentioned here aren’t necessarily in a bad way financially (i.e. Shyne doesn’t plenty of globe trotting), but nevertheless find their careers in flux when compared to their Bad Boy glory days. Still others, like the currently incarcerated G. Dep, have most definitely fallen on hard times and serve as examples of the much talked about Bad Boy curse.

Here are 12 former Bad Boy Records artists that are living the struggle life, and will probably jump at any record deal you throw their way. In some cases, as long as they got their parole officer’s permission.

Photo: ABC News screen cap

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