What’s done in the dark… Mase shines light on Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ hypocritical business dealings

Sean 'Diddy' Combs with Mase
Sean 'Diddy' Combs with Mase
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs poses with Mase. (Undated)
Bad Boy artist Mase, took to Instagram to call Sean “Diddy” Combs a hypocrite. Mase claims that Diddy paid him $20k for his publishing rights when he was just 19 years-old. Mase says that Diddy has a “horrendous business model” and that he “purposely starves his artists and keeps them enslaved.” Mase signed with Bad Boy in 1996, retired in 1999. 20 years later, he is still under contract with Bad Boy, having not satisfied the original terms. Mase attempted a comeback 2004, and campaigned to get out of his deal in 2009.

The IG post follows Diddy’s 50 minute speech at Clive Davis‘ pre-Grammy party in L.A., where he encouraged black artists to take control of their art. Mase says that he offered Diddy $2 million in cash a few days ago to buy back his catalog, but was told that a European man had made an offer and that he would have to match it.

“You bought it for about $20k & I offered you 2m in cash. This is not about Black excellence at all. When your 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.”

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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

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Brooklyn MC Sauce Money shared the sentiment on his Twitter page a few days ago. “I respect the message, just not from him…. He practices the same backdoor politics against his own people.”

Sauce Money collaborated with Jay-Z on a number of project, and even grew up in the same Brooklyn housing project, Marcy Projects.

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