If you are anywhere between the ages of 28-32 then you probably grew up listening to B5.
B5 members claim that they haven’t received a dime of the money earned from their self titled from P. Diddy.
15 years ago, B5 released their first commercial self titled album “B5” on July 19, 2005. Bryan 1/5 of the band took to Instagram to share his bittersweet memory. He talks about how sharing the journey with his brothers and cousin Carnell was his pride and joy.
Only short lived though, after being exposed to the deep levels of politics and agendas quickly helped me relaized that the music business is less about music and more and more about the “business”, he mentions.
He continues by saying that at the age of 12 that was something that was overlooked. He just wanted to stay focused on his craft, protect his innocence, and his love for music. See his full post below.
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15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY ? 15 years from today my life was changed forever. Releasing our first commercial self titled album “B5” on July 19th 2005. Looking back at it now is full of bitter sweet memories. Sharing my life with my 4 older brothers and cousin (Carnell) music was my pride, joy and passion.?? Only short lived though, after being exposed to the deep levels of politics and agendas quickly helped me realized that the music business is less about music and more about the “business”. Which was fine to overlook (at the age of 12) and stay focused on my craft, trying to protect my innocence for the love of music. ? BUT This is usually the beginning of exploits for snakes ? to come into the picture cleverly hiding behind contracts only in favor of the one(s) creating it. We made about 99.9% of all our income ? from live performances & merchandise and till this day I’ve never seen a PENNY from any of our B5 commercial albums. ??♂️ For years! We reach out to lawyers, advisors and even TV networks for a chance to help us or tell our story and no one ever touched it with a 10 foot pole. ? So here I AM! telling my story, my truth and not from a “woe is me” perspective but as an example for the next generation of young artists to WRITE and OWN your content! READ your contracts and create new sounds for the LOVE of music, as a expression of who YOU ARE! You dont need to compromise for the bag?or the glamorized “Record Label Deal” we have enough artist like that and doing a great job at it ??. What I dream to see in the NOW-future is a world full of new beautiful music from authentic souls! ?❤️??????
Bryan also talks about how for years they reached out to lawyers, advisors, and even TV networks for help and to get their story told but no one would hear them out.
READ your contracts and create new sounds for the LOVE of music, as a expression of who YOU ARE!
He also gives advice to young artists to write and own their content.
B5 says that it’s hard to be happy about the success when the labels/team have you “slave” away for free.
While no name or label was ever called, everyone knows who B5 was signed to. Back in 2018, B5 mentioned that there was no beef with Bad Boy. Seems like today those feelings have shifted.
Fans were quick to point out that any group or artist that deals with P.Diddy and Bad Boy records either don’t make it far or end up with some kind of money issue. This isn’t the first time we have heard someone use the word “slave” when referring to P.Diddy and Bad Boy records.
This isn’t the first time an artist has called out Diddy and his money issues. Back in January, Mase called out Diddy about having him in a “slave contract”.
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@diddy I heard your #Grammy speech about how u are now for the artist and about how the artist must take back control. So I will be the first to take that initiative. Also, before we ask of other ethnicities to do us right we should do us as black people better. Especially the creators. I heard u loud and clear when u said that u are now for the artist and to that my response is if u want to see change you can make a change today by starting with yourself. Your past business practices knowingly has continued purposely starved your artist and been extremely unfair to the very same artist that helped u obtain that Icon Award on the iconic Badboy label. For example, u still got my publishing from 24 years ago in which u gave me $20k. Which makes me never want to work w/ u as any artist wouldn’t after u know someone is robbing you & tarnishing your name when u don’t want to comply w/ his horrendous business model. However, people would always ask what’s up w/ Mase? So I would be forced to still perform to not look crazy when I was getting peanuts and the robbery would continue. So many great moments and people lives in music were lost. But again, I rode with u in the face of death without flinching & u still wouldn’t do right. I never said anything because I wanted to wait until I was financially great so I can ensured that I was addressing this from a pure place and not out of spite. To add insult, u keep screaming black excellence and love but I know love isn’t free. So I offered u 2m in cash just a few days ago to sell me back my publishing(as his biggest artist alive) that always show u respect for u giving me an opportunity at 19 yrs old. Your response was if I can match what the EUROPEAN GUY OFFER him that would be the only way I can get it back. Or else I can wait until I’m 50 years old and it will revert back to me from when I was 19 years old. You bought it for about 20k & I offered you 2m in cash. This is not black excellence at all. When our own race is enslaving us. If it’s about us owning, it can’t be about us owning each other. No More Hiding Behind “Love”. U CHANGED? GIVE THE ARTIST BACK THEIR $$$. So they can take care of their families
Not only are they calling out Diddy, but Patrick called out Disney for allegedly not paying their brother Kelly for writing the rap on Disney’s High School Musical “Get Your Head In The Game”.