Make the group captivated viewers during its reign as one of the best musical reality franchises of its time, with millions of fans tuning in to follow the various storylines and careers of the artists and bands that were featured via the episode. All acts that Make the group spawned achieved a certain level of commercial success, however, the journey to stardom, which was witnessed in real time, was difficult and often humiliating. fans of Make the group recently brought up this on social media, which made the show a trending topic.
A Make the group alum, Willie Taylor of R&B group Day26, which was formed on the show’s fourth iteration, chimed in on the conversation, saying not all of the groups involved were ever built to last. “Making a group was [an] experience for sure,” Taylor wrote in an Instagram post that has since been deleted. “But the platform and the contracts were all set up for the failure of starving talent.”
He explained those feelings in an accompanying caption, adding, “Learning experience, you have to understand that people will do anything you let them, so don’t let your passion lead you to the wrong destination #MTB4 Day26 / Danity Kane are talented bands, but the situation we met in was designed to fail. Although Taylor didn’t verify anyone’s name in particular, many will assume his comments were referring to Sean “Diddy” Combs, who signed four of the five acts that Make the group spawned deals with Bad Boy Records. The group, including Taylor, spoke of their bad experiences with Diddy in the past, who often made what many deemed unreasonable demands of the show’s participants, even after doing the final cut.
Willie Taylor and Day26 have released two albums under Bad Boy Records: their self-titled debut album, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and their second album, Forever in a day, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The group will separate from Bad Boy in 2009.