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Dancing With the Devil: How Puff Burned the Bad Boys of Hip-Hop Paperback – February 2, 2009
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If you grew up listening to HipHop during the Bad Boy era, Dancing With The Devil will give you an intriguing history of rap music during that time from a person lived it. Curry's attention to detail and ability to weave his personal experiences and research makes this book easy to read and hard to put down. This is more than an expose from a disgruntled artist. Dancing With the Devil is a journey that separates the fact from the fiction. This book shows you the music industry for what it is -- harsh and cut throat. If you can go online, Google and YouTube will be your best friend as you journey with Mark Curry through the maze of music, murders and mayhem.
Once you finish with this book, you will have taken a trip that few have the heart to speak about. Dancing With The Devil is more than a one-sided account of a wannabe artists mad at the world. You will have a thorough understanding of why artists such as The L.O.X., Faith Evans, 112, Total, etc. are no longer a part of Bad Boy's roster. You will hear those Bad Boy classics in a new light once you gain the understanding of why Diddy added his chatter to songs and his presence to the videos.
You might even feel sorry for current Bad Boy artists such as Danity Kane (or what's left of them), Day 26 and Da Band.Read more ›
Most things I already knew or suspected about Diddy so I am not surprised. The industry overall is just a snake and a very tough business regardless with what record company you sign with and Bad Boy is no exception. The key is to not be naïve and to have your own lawyers not their lawyer or a recommended lawyer read all of your contracts. I also do know that most record companies will charge and deduct whatever time you spend in studio, video, or any other associated costs, so that is a normal thing in the industry. If there is something such as creativity or other rights you want in the contract that you and your lawyer do not agree with, well you do not sign with the company. I think Mr. Curry was very green to the industry and thought quick money would come, which it does not. I wish the best for him and maybe he should try self-promoting his music as many artists are doing today. That is then when the record company will come looking for you and you can set your own terms.
Some of the stories, I have read about, based on facts and other great reads. Curry merely provided further confirmation. Also, there were a lot of stories I had not read about, but I could definitely see them as truth since Puff has a pattern of ways.
The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is because in the beginning (7 or 8 chapters in), he talks about random events in his life before his deal. He mentioned alot of people that came from nowhere w/ nicknames and I got a bit confused. It almost made me suspicious of whether or not this book was really about Puffy, the con artist. Fast forward to Chapter 8. From that point on, every thing is smooth sailing ahead.
I totally commend and respect Curry for being so truthful and holding his head up through this entire ordeal. From the start of this book, I sense that he has a good heart. His intentions were to do the thing he loved(music), make his parents(now deceased) even more proud, and provide for his wife and son. He's not trying to slander. He's just telling facts. He's giving his life experience when he was with Bad Boy. If these truths paint Puffy as a "bad guy", then so be it. What's true is true. And besides, it's not like we didn't know that already. Think about the plethora of musicians signed to Bad Boy. Where are they? Don't worry, I'll wait.....
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This was a completely eye opening experience for me and written very well. Very informal view of the music industry behind the scenes!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read!!!!!! all my thoughts i had of him were confirmed in this book!!!Published 1 month ago by Nellie
I'm not big on grammar cause I can't talk that great myself but this book had some spelling issue and he didn't tell why total left that's why I read the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sonia Craig
This book will open eyes to the real person, which is so sad. Of course the saying is that there are two sides to every story, however this story has been told the same way by so... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Collector
I'm just going to flat out say it.....this guy, Mark Curry, bemoaning that Sean Combs did not take care of him or his family ( especially when his dad and mom passed) sounds like... Read morePublished 3 months ago by NativeDetroiter
I expected more experiences from other artists. Wish he would have talked more about P Diddy' s illuminati rumors.
Good book even though there was a lot of typos. Mark Curry really shed light on being with bad boy recordsPublished 3 months ago by VKenRN