Ma$e appeared on the latest episode of the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast and talked candidly about his ongoing troubles with Diddy. The former Bad Boy artist accused his former CEO and collaborator of never paying him his whole salary or showing him the respect he deserves for his contributions to Bad Boy Records.
On his most recent musical release Oracle 2: Standing on Bodies, the rapper turned pastor who fired shots at Diddy delves into where the bad blood between them began.
Ma$e said of his tenure at Bad Boy Records: "I never received what I was worth" and "I never received the respect I was worth." "It's more like you're trying to keep me here," he said, "All my peers are up here. All my colleagues are managers. "I'm not here."
Ma$e claims to have been the label's chief songwriter in the wake of the death of The Notorious B.I.G.s., while Diddy just planned which musicians would record which sections of the songs. Puff would go out and party, and I would be in the studio writing the records, but I was the person responsible for everything.
The Notorious B.I.G.'s posthumous sophomore album, Life After Death, is an example of what Harlemite uses to demonstrate his point. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row in 1998, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
I came up with that, Ma$e said. I came up with the beat as well. The records, the beats. You aint getting the money, you aint getting the publishing, and you aint getting respect. I don't believe you like that.
He concluded, You know what will come with doing that, but everyone is letting you get away with it. So, me quitting after one album, it took me a long time to realize. Youre not paying me, and youre not respecting me.
Ma$e responded to Fivio Foreign, a Brooklyn rapper who is signed to Columbia Records through Ma$es RichFish Records, about their business relationship.
Fivio claimed that Ma$e only gave him a $5,000 incentive upon signing with the label, and that he was unfairly compensated due to his lack of knowledge of the music business. However, Ma$e refuted that claim, saying that he helped Fivio Foreign get $700,000 from his record deal Columbia Records while he got $800,000 himself.
Ma$e also claims to have asked for a 50 percent split with Fivio in order to ensure he was properly compensated for the agreement. Shawn Tubby Holiday, the former Head of Urban Music at Columbia, confirmed his claim by phone during the interview. He subtly stated that he still owns Fivios master recordings but was unconcerned about the subject when asked directly.
Below, watch Ma$es Million Dollaz Worth of Game interview.