Mase Publicly Asks Diddy for Rights to His Publishing: "This Is Not Black Excellence at All"
“Before we ask of other ethnicities to do us right we should do us as black people better.”
In a new Instagram post, the rapper shares that he heard Diddy’s recent Pre-Grammys speech in which he declared “Hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys.” Shifting the narrative a bit, Mase writes that he is aware that Diddy is now “for the artist” and “about how the artist must take back control.”
He then shares:
“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 u said that u are now for the artist and to do that my response is if [you] want to see [a] change you can make a change today by starting with yourself. Your past business practices knowingly has continued purposely starved your artist that helped u obtain that Icon Award on the iconic BadBoy label.”
When referencing a past experience with Diddy, Mase wrote the mogul still has ownership of his publishing from 24 years ago which he allegedly only received $20,000 for. “Which makes me want to work with [you] as an artist [no one would] after [you] know someone is robbing you and tarnishing your name when [you] don’t want to comply with his horrendous business model.”
As if this wasn’t enough, Mase shares that he feels he was forced to perform to not appear crazy when he was getting paid “peanuts and the robbery would continue.” He also mentions that he rode hard for Diddy and the mogul still didn’t fix any of the issues he was experiencing.
Later in the caption, Mase writes that he wanted to wait until he was financially stable to ensure he was addressing this issue from “a pure place and not out of spite.” He goes on to note that Diddy is declaring “black excellence and love” but this is a false message.
Mase allegedly details that he offered Diddy 2 million in cash a few days ago to sell him back his publishing. To which the titan responded if he can match what a European can offer that would be the only way he’d get it back. The only other option is that he would have to wait until he’s 50 years old and it will revert back to him from when he was 19.
He concluded the caption by sharing: “This is not black excellence at all. When your own rase is enslaving us. If it’s about us owning, it can’t be about us owning each other.”
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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