Diddy’s efforts to fly the flag for “black excellence” in the zeitgeist have been chopped down by his former artist Mase who says that there is nothing excellent about the way the mogul exploits black musicians for financial gain.
Read his statement, and portions of the debate it sparked online, below…
After watching Diddy condemn the Grammys for not giving black musicians the respect they deserve, a confused Mase took to Instagram to share why he believes Diddy is a part of the very system he is criticising.
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 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 mode.
Mase feels that Diddy’s business practices are just as harmful and exploitative as the structures and systems the mogul says he wants to dismantle.
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.
His remarks inspired a Twitter debate centred on black capitalism and a supposed class of black musicians/millionaires whose wealth and social status is built on the backs on the very people they claim to be uplifting.
I’ve never felt Diddy was genuine. Even after the Grammy speech. Mase just confirmed a lot of those feelings. He preaches black excellence but look at where a lot of his former artists are now. A lot of them could’ve and should’ve had more longevity and a been more relevant today
— Nomi (@literallynaomi) January 31, 2020
Mase ain't wrong here. Diddy spoke truth at the awards show, but it also opens the door for accountability regarding his specific actions toward his own artist. Hopefully Puff will make it right and they can move forward. https://t.co/ZJ6lTOkVhS
— Vandal a.k.a. Reggie Trimbach (@iamvandal617) January 31, 2020
What Mase said about Diddy must be true. Name an artist that signed with him that's still making great money now and/or not doing a reality TV show to get a check? pic.twitter.com/dFxlFEDBvD
— Jennifer Opal | ENGINEER (@_jenniferopal) January 31, 2020
Mase makes a valid point and while I’m sure a lot of this is debatable, one thing that isn’t is that Diddy trying to be some “voice of change for the culture” ass nigga, but has fucked so many of his brothers and sisters in business. https://t.co/7CRRT5fh6E
— fan account (@hosthetics) January 31, 2020
Mase was 18 years old when he met Diddy. He was poor & from the hood in Harlem. He had no knowledge on the music industry. He had no idea a fellow Black man would steal from him his hard earned money. Diddy knew this. Diddy has a track record. It's not just one naive person. https://t.co/0mn17lY9m5
— Bella Goth (@HoodSocialism) January 31, 2020
I told y’all about @Diddy and these “black celebrity” fucking FRAUDS …DO NOT TRUST THEM ..they’re just like if not worse than the yt men running the music industry!! WAKE UP! Proud of Mase for speaking the truth bc a lot of the FILTHY shit they do fly under the radar ..#Mase pic.twitter.com/Zmm1Jzhmxn
— ????NetFlex ? (@iLuvVisa) January 31, 2020
He is currently the highest trending topic on Twitter.
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