Diddy and former Bad Boy Records artist Ma$e go back decades, but disputes over publishing has led their relationship to sour. In March, Murda Mase dropped a single called the “Oracle 2: The Liberation Of Mason Betha,” which was dedicated to trashing Diddy and accusing him of exploiting Biggie’s death.
“Yeah, I’m just a Harlem n-gga reppin’ down a Vegas strip with my own Suge,” he rapped. “You from Mt. Vernon, n-gga, go and rep your own hood/I’m not hating on your Billi worth/Right now, I’m only saying what you really work/You ain’t no architect/You just a n-gga who know how to market death.”
Diddy’s mother, Janice Combs, is astutely aware of the ongoing beef between the two rappers. On Saturday (July 23), Diddy was in the middle of an Instagram Live video when she made her feelings about Ma$e abundantly clear.
“Shout out to the LOX, Ma$e, Biggie, Busta — I’m talking about everybody that’s on the … my mom said, ‘Ma$e?'” Diddy says in the clip shared by The Art of Dialogue. “Yeah, we still love Ma$e. It’s always going to be love.” Diddy’s mother then comes into frame and says something like, “Don’t mess with my son.”
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In 2020, Ma$e accused Diddy of snatching his publishing for way less than it was worth while calling foul on his Grammy Awards speech that focused on the alleged shady practices of the Recording Academy.
“@diddy I heard your #Grammy speech about how u are now for the artist and about how the artist must take back control,” he said on Instagram at the time. “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 $20k. Which makes me never want to work w/ u as any artist wouldn’t after u know someone is robbing you & tarnishing your name when u don’t want to comply w/ his horrendous business model.”
More recently, Ma$e claimed Diddy sabotaged his Lovers & Friends set in Las Vegas. Numerous technical difficulties plagued his set and after attempting to perform “Mo Money Mo Problem” — his 1997 hit with The Notorious B.I.G. and Diddy — the sound was cut off for roughly 10 minutes.
The veteran rapper suggested Diddy was behind the sabotage, telling the crowd, “I see what’s going on. I’m used to being hated on. I’m used to what’s going on. Somebody, somewhere paid a few dollars to stop my show. But that can’t stop somebody like me. I don’t get ran away too easy. I just wasn’t ready for that, so I’m gonna take my time.”