Say what you will about the business practices of one Sean “Puffy” Combs, his Bad Boy Records went on to become an empire that launched the career of the Notorious B.I.G., Mase and many more. In its latest issue, GQ magazine put together an oral history of the storied label, and some of the inside stories are on par with the Hip-Hop extravagance, and debauchery, Bad Boy came to encapsulate.
The feature includes commentary from key figures included OG party promoter Jessica Rossenblum, former Bad Boy general manager Kirk Burrowes, mentor and record exec Andre Harrell (who once fired Combs) and Puff Daddy himself.
But it was former Bad Boy street team honcho June Balloon shared a tale about Ma$e that clearly went down before the “Tell Me What You Want” rapper became a pastor. “The ladies love Mase,” he told GQ. “This one night, we were leaving the club. Everyone hops into the fifteen-passenger van, and these chicks run in the van and right in front of everyone they star sucking Mase’s d*ck! Now they fighting to see who’s gonna catch the nut. I mean, it’s crazy, and Mase goes, ‘Wait, hold up. Y’all can’t be having me d*ck go all these different directions. Calm down.'”
However, not all of Mase’s contribution to the story was adult material. He detailed writing some of Diddy’s early solo hits.
“If I had a verse or beat that was better for you, I’d just give it up,” said Mase of the time after the Notorious B.I.G.’s murder. “My verses on Puff’s first few singles from No Way Out were records I wrote in that one-bedroom apartment in Harlem before I even got to the label. I gave them to Puff, because he was the one with the hot hand.”
“The Inside Story of Hip-Hop’s Most Notorious Label”–you must read the bit about MCA gladly buying out the Notorious B.I.G.’s contracts since was just a gangsta rapper–appears in the September 2014 issue of GQ.