Bad Boy Executive Derek Ferguson

Team 3

Jae Won Cheong, Chi Efobi, Jennifer Millner, Jacob Noordzy,

Rebecca Park, Kara Sangree


  • Ethical challenges happen between rap music and our Christian mind-set
  • Can we separate business and our Christian mind-set?
  • Business and ethical choices cannot be fully separated, instead should be harmonized
  • As a Christian, we need to have a strong ethical code, then Christ will be seen and guide us to the right path

Derek Ferguson

  • CFO of the company
  • Graduated from Harvard with MBA
  • Strong Christian faith
  • Currently employed at REVOLT as COO (Chief Operating Officer)

Bad Boy Executive

  • Founded in 1992 in NY, New York by Sean Combs
  1. Record production
  2. Clothing design
  3. Restaurant operation and management
  4. Films
  • Reputation
  1. Labeled as “The music industry's premier production, distribution, publicity, promotions and marketing companies”
  2. Award winning and globally celebrated entertainment company
  3. Pioneer in hip hop


  • Sean Combs (Diddy, Puff Daddy)
  • Notorious BIG
  • Rick Ross
  • Mase
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Boyz N Da Hood
  • Bow Wow

Music Industry Regulations

  • Trends thrive & fade
  • Development of the music industry
  • "Modern music" shapes our worldview
  • Congress amended the Copyright Act of 1790 in 1831,1897 & 1901 (Pallante, 2015)
  • 1909: “The sale of copies of compositions were put under a compulsory license—meaning anyone could use them, for a government-mandated rate” (Pallante, 2015)

Music Industry Regulation

  • The Race to top
  • Growth and evolvement of music
  • Violent music is making the most profit
  • “Has created a sense of a”race to win” the public market for the profit of a single song” (Hanson, 2015).
  • Music has been a triggering device
  • Responsibility of the government and family
  • Psalm 101:3
  • Proverbs 14:15

Ethical Implications

Can a Christian work for a secular business and glorify God while doing so?

  • Is Ferguson compromising his beliefs to work at Bad Boy Executive?
  • How do you balance the material released by Bad Boy Executive with Christian Values?
  • In the end, is it hypocrisy or the gospel in motion?


"No separation in personal ethics and business"

Philippians 4:8

Harmonize Christian ethics in business and personal life

Proverbs 4:23-26

  1. Guard your heart
  2. Avoid speaking devious words
  3. See the world through God’s sight


Derek Ferguson’s Christian ethics in his business

  • Matthew 5:16
  • Story of Daniel


Should someone with a christian worldview or ethics work in a “secular” or “violent/vulgar” environment?


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  • Hanson, K. O. (2015). The Ethical Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs. Retrieved February 16, 2017, from
  • Israelite, D. (2016, March 18). Regulations Are Killing The Songwriting Stars. Retrieved March 07, 2017, from
  • Pallante, M. A. (2015). Copyright and the Music Marketplace . Retrieved from
  • Tewell, T. K. (2003). Ministering to the business community. Theology Today, 60(3), 344-356.


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