Rapper Mase Claims BET Working Against The Progress Of Black People, Says The BET Awards Are No Longer For The Betterment Of Black People

Rapper and 90’s staple Mase has been using his social media to vent in recent days. He is currently using the hashtag #21Daysofspeakingmymind, with each day holding a different post and opinion. Mase has made it his business to be very transparent in the years following him stepping away from the spotlight, using day 16 to turn his sights on the BET Awards. The 2021 installment of the award ceremony has brought with it many salacious highlights. According to Mase, none of what took place at this years installment is for the “betterment of black people”.

Mase has not been one to hold his tongue. In recent years he’s called out former friend and collaborator Sean “Diddy” Combs for his treatment of artists and how poorly he’s managed people’s careers over the years. Diddy recent tried to call out another award show, The Grammys, for their lack of representation and accountability. Combs caught the attention of Mase, who quickly reminded him that he too has been unfair to artists in the past and had some wrongs to right. “I heard your Grammy speech about how you 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,” the rapper began his lengthy post. “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,” he stated. 

Turning his sights on this years BET Awards, Mase made it clear he feels the show fell short when it comes to making strides for people of color. In the post he shows a picture of the award show logo, which he added text to reading “@RSVPMase said BET Awards Is Not For The Betterment Of Black People Anymore!” followed by the caption “I said what I said.” While he did not elaborate on his stance, fans in the comments attempted to read between the lines. Some felt it was a direct response to Diddy and his support of Lil Nas X performance which featured a same-sex kiss.

“And Diddy out here supposing the BS, but we already knew he like men” said one fan. Another chimed in “I felt disrespected the whole entire time I watched. I felt disrespected and as a black man and artist”.

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