Last week Harlem M.C. Black Rob was informed by a judge that he'd be spending the better part of the next 7 years in jail after failing to turn himself in to police back in January. Last year he was convicted of grand larceny for an incident at a Manhattan hotel, and was supposed to begin serving a 2 to 6 year sentence, but never showed up and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
I feel for Rob because although his last album didn't do to well commercially, I've heard some pretty good things about it from nearly everybody who's heard it. This also marks the loss of the last big name East Coast M.C. that Diddy had on the Bad Boy roster. He always has that kid Aasim but he's got along way to go with his career, and Puff's attention seems to be focused in other areas at the moment.
The first thing alot of people, myself included, said when they heard about the sentence was "Damn, the Curse of Bad Boy strikes again." Sure it sounds crazy, but you have to admit, damn near every rapper signed to this label has experienced some kind of career changing incident or went through some major drama. There are The Lox and their long running issues with Puff, Shyne's situation, Mase the gangster reverend, and of course B.I.G. who sadly ended up paying the ultimate price.
It's easy to say "oh there's a curse" or "Puff must bring bad luck", but the reality is, alot the drama these artists have endured, they brought upon themselves. For example, why is a veteran artist running up in a hotel room looking to get paid like some average fool off the street? Alot of the bad luck can be chalked up to bad judgement on the part of those involved, but you still have to wonder why all of this damn negative energy surrounds nearly everybody close to Diddy.