Twenty years ago, rapper Ma$e and business partner P. Diddy were on top of the music world.
Those who know about Hip-Hop history already know how the relationship went. Ma$e was one of BadBoy’s top artists. He penned many hits for the Notorious B.I.G. and lent his swag and verses to other artists in the camp. Recently, artist Meek Mill tweeted a concern he noticed in the music industry. It’s no secret that “bad deals” do exist and young artists sign them everyday for temporary financial freedom:
After seeing this as well as P. Diddy’s Icon award acceptance speech, it was enough to trigger Ma$e. At the Pre-Grammy Gala, Diddy called out injustice and biased voting in the recording academy. He advised they have 365 days to remedy their treason against Hip-Hop.
To this, the Feel So Good rapper had a few words for Puff. See the post below.
In the lengthy Instagram post Ma$e mentions he waited until he was “financially great” to address Diddy to ensure it wasn’t coming from a place of “spite.” Ma$e eludes to the death of then label front runner, Biggie Smalls, and the “robbery” of other artists who were on BadBoy. He also, reveals that more recently he offered Puff $2 million dollars to buy the publishing to his music catalog. Allegedly his rebuttal was that Ma$e would need to match the offer of another bidder or wait until he turns 50 years old for the publishing to revert back to him.
Ma$e closes the post questioning Combs’ recently middle name change to “Love.” Dauntingly he says, “U CHANGED? GIVE THE ARTIST BACK THEIR $$$. So they can take care of their families.”
I wonder what debates this will stir up in the music industry and more specifically the Hip-Hop community. What’s your take? Drop some comments below.