In the late 90s, Bad Boy records lead by Sean “Diddy” Combs produced many hits in the music industry. Some of which featured Harlem Hip Hop artist Mase.
After, Meek Mill post a tweet talking about young black kids in slave contacts in the music business, Mase reposted a screenshot of the tweet on Instagram. In full support of Meek Mill, Mase took things a bit further and shared his own personal experiences of “slavery” in the music industry.
Referencing Puff Daddy’s 2020 Grammy speech in which he called out the academy’s lack of diversity, Mase stated Diddy should first check himself before he points the finger. “I heard your Grammy speech about how you 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 you loud and clear when you said that you are now for the artist and to that my response is if you want to see change you can make a change today by starting with yourself,” posted Mase on Instagram.
According to Mase, Diddy only paid him 20K for his publishing. “. Your past business practices knowingly has continued purposely starved your artist and been extremely unfair to the very same artist that helped you obtain that Icon Award on the iconic Bad Boy label. For example, you still got my publishing from 24 years ago in which you gave me $20k. Which makes me never want to work with you as any artist wouldn’t after you know someone is robbing you & tarnishing your name when you don’t want to comply with his horrendous business model.”
Despite getting “robbed” Mase kept his head up high and still remain loayl to Diddy. “However, people would always ask what’s up with 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 you in the face of death without flinching & you 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, you keep screaming black excellence and love but I know love isn’t free. So I offered you 2 million in cash just a few days ago to sell me back my publishing (as his biggest artist alive) that always show you respect for you 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 2 million in cash,” continues Mase.
Mase is not having it anymore, claiming Diddy’s “Love” isn’t real, but more about himself. “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.”