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Published on February 5th, 2020 | by Percy Crawford

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Glasses Malone Explains Why Mase’s Social Media Post Aimed At Diddy Lacked Accountability!

Glasses Malone sounds off on Mase calling out Diddy’s Grammy speech!

Glasses Malone was not a fan of the way former, Bad Boy artist, Mase took to social media to call out, Bad Boy CEO, Sean “Diddy” Combs. Mase recently took to social media to question, Diddy’s integrity and point out what he deemed as inconsistency’s in Diddy’s Grammy speech opposed to his actual business practices. Mase went on to question, Diddy’s black excellence message by saying expressing his wish to buy back publishing that he sold to the Bad Boy CEO for $20,000. Saying he offered, Combs $2 million in which, Diddy told him to match on offer. West coast Loc, Glasses Malone says, instead of playing victim, Mase could have really used the situation as a teachable moment, but instead the Harlem emcee chose to attack someone who at some point, was a hero to him.

Glasses had much more to say on the matter during our recent conversation. Check out the interview!

You spoke out on Mase calling out, Diddy for the $20,000 publishing deal. Did it bother you the way he went about it?

Glasses Malone: What’s bothering me is, you got somebody like, Puff, and people are talking about, black excellence. That’s the topic that everybody is attacking because they feel that, Puff is not practicing black excellence because he purchased somebody’s publishing before it had any value. When it was worth nothing. It was an idea, it was a gamble, a lottery ticket. You are hoping something works out, and you take a gamble. Mind you, that’s not even a part of whatever label advance he got. He still got a label advance when he signed to, Bad Boy.

The word is not about black excellence, it’s about accountability. You sold the man your publishing. He didn’t stick you up at gunpoint, you weren’t forced, you sold him your publishing. I’m seeing a lot of people, “He was 19-20 years old.” Within the same two-year span, he jumped on a song with Cam’ron called, “Horse & Carriage” and tried to get Cam’ron to go to the label and get $40,000 for him. So, he understood the business very young. We make decisions based around the cash advance. That’s what we do every day with credit.

Purchasing someone’s publishing is a risk/reward gamble is what you’re saying.

Glasses Malone: Absolutely! If you buy a house right now, and you finance it for 30-years, you’re going to pay for that house 3-times. Sometimes people gamble and some people lose, some people win. So, I just didn’t understand the uproar. How was, Puff not practicing black excellence?

We spoke about this before off record. $20,000 doesn’t seem like a lot of money because it worked. If it didn’t work out, like in many instances, you basically donated $20K, and that’s the side we don’t often see.

Glasses Malone: Yeah! Think about how many $20-$30,000, Puff gave to people that didn’t work out. There are more that didn’t work out than that did. And I get it, people are saying it’s been 30-years and he offered him $2 million for the publishing back. What if the publishing is worth $10 million? What if the publishing is worth $5 million? It’s not like Diddy said you can’t buy it back, he said, you need to buy it back at market rate. At that point everything is a negotiation just like the $20,000 was a negotiation. It’s not a lack of him practicing black excellence. I see a lot of fans talking about, “He’s on stage talking about what the white man is doing in the business,” that’s two different conversations. He’s not talking about the practices of publishing companies. Nobody can talk bad about publishing companies. They come in handy when you need money. People take advances and everybody gambles. But it’s always all good. That same $20,000 he gave him… he was a hero for it at one time. Probably was his man for it at one time. That same $20 grand doe made him a villain.

You actually tweeted something similar to that and I thought it made a lot of sense. Your exact tweet was, “Mase sold his publishing for $20K, now he mad at Puff because he bought it for $20K.

Glasses Malone: That’s the time we’re in. We’re in a time of utter ridiculousness because, if you can bottle up your emotions and garner sympathy, the world just starts to play the violin for you. And Mase is obviously not in a financial debacle, if you can conjure up $2 million to pay for your publishing. Not to mention, Puff made this man a superstar to the point where, Mase could probably go on stage all around the world and get $25,000. And I’m sure he gets royalty checks still from all the albums he sold. It’s just crazy to me that we live in a time where, we’re focusing on black excellence and that’s what everybody wants to take their shots at with, Puff versus accountability. The conversation is really about accountability. Mase could have rephrased that whole post and said, “Hey man, I made a decision at 19 or 20-years old, I sold my publishing for $20,000. The money looked good to me. I’m trying to negotiate it back right now. This is why you don’t sell your publishing for $20,000 if you think it’s going to be worth something.” You could’ve had a teaching moment. What you did was, you had a victim moment. You had a moment where most people are going to become victims based on the fact that you think you were a victim, when you could’ve taught people about publishing. You could have taught people about a decision that you made that you regretted.

And for the record, you’re not personal friends with, Diddy, right?

Glasses Malone: I have never met, Puff a day in my life. I just think a lot of people get bad reps. Puff has helped a lot of people. He seems like a great dude. I watched him look out for my man, Nip [Nipsey Hussle]. He seems like a really decent guy. I’m looking at different artists, “Puff did this…” You the same nigga that, Puff gave $30,000 to $40,000 when you had nothing. And if you had something you wouldn’t have took the 30 to 40,000. And I’m not mad at you for taking the 30 or 40,000, but you can’t be mad at, Puff because he gave you the 30 or 40,000. Be more accountable. That’s really the mind state for 2020; accountability.

Off subject in terms of Puff and Mase’s situation, but you always bring up, Birdman as a guy who gets a bad rep, but in your opinion, you have witnessed him help a lot of people.

Glasses Malone: I can’t talk for everybody else; I can tell you, Bird ain’t never did nothing wrong to me a day in his life. I watched him treat a lot of artists with great respect. Again, when people situation don’t work out… people have their own arguments, but I’ll tell you one thing, the way people are going about it, Birdman is not the kind of person that you have to go about it like that with. At times he can be a little hard to get on the phone, but he’s not the kind of guy that you can’t have a real decent conversation with. The nigga is intelligent as hell. But again, we live in a world where everybody wants to make someone else a villain; everybody’s a victim. That’s where we’re at right now. It’s all about being a victim and the #metoo movement, victim. It’s victim season and it’s getting silly and sickening.

I won’t use names, but would you say for every Mase that Diddy invested in and it worked, there were 10, insert name of someone on Bad Boy that was a wasted investment, or it didn’t pan out for him?

Glasses Malone: I watched, Birdman sign so many people and gave so many people opportunities, myself included. I’ll speak on my behalf because I wasn’t with, Bad Boy, but I know the point you’re making. Birdman offered me $150,000 for publishing. Me and DJ Hed… DJ Hed always said, I should have probably snatched it. And he has a very logical reason why. It motivates people more. It also motivates whoever invested in your project more. It makes perfect sense what, DJ Hed was saying. It’s definitely more losses than wins, that’s why the wins gotta be so big.

Tell us what it means to sell your publishing.

Glasses Malone: That means you did a publishing deal. You sold either a portion of your publishing or all of your publishing, but it’s a little trickier to sell all of your publishing. I have to revest myself in it, but it’s harder to do. But again, everything is a negotiation. The $20,000 and when it reverts back, that’s a negotiation. What it’s worth now, the fact that, Puff won on a gamble and Mase wanting to buy it back is a negotiation. How much are you going to negotiate and how much weight do you carry in the negotiations?

I always use the great boxing promoter, Don King’s line, “You never get what you’re worth, you get what you negotiate.” And that’s facts.

Glasses Malone: Man… I always say this, we’re train to walk in the crosswalk. The place we’re looking at that we’re trying to get to, we could literally be right across the street; 30 feet way. But your whole life you have been taught to walk through the crosswalk. Even if the crosswalk is 500 feet away and up the street, you gotta cross the street and walk 500 feet back to the address. It’s all about the negotiation and what you’re willing to go without and get it.

What would you say to the people who are 100% in agreement with, Mase and saying, Diddy has so much money, why wouldn’t he sell it back to him for $2 million?

Glasses Malone: Don’t count another man’s pockets. That’s that man money. You don’t know how much money that man got. I’m referring to, Puff when I say, that man. All this advertising, that has nothing to do with it. People need to focus on accountability. You can’t always be a victim because if that’s the case, your whole life and success and everything you are about is at the expense of other people. Be accountable for the decisions that you make. Mase wasn’t dumb at 19. He wasn’t ignorant at that age. Like I said, in that 2-year span, he made a money play with, Cam’ron to charge a label 40 to 50,000 for him to come shoot a video. He’s aware. He just sold himself a little cheap for whatever reason.

I’m not reducing, Mase’s impact to, Bad Boy. He is the pen behind, “No Way Out,” he penned his own huge platinum album. He is a part of the second legacy of, Bad Boy that we know it from the outside. But again, you sold that man your publishing for $20,000. That man didn’t twist your arm. Either you needed the money, or you didn’t believe that you would be able to generate that kind of money in publishing. Ignorance is no excuse, and I don’t believe for 2 seconds 19 or 20-year old, Mase was ignorant. He made a decision and I think he should stand on it, but I think it’s a teaching moment, not a victim moment. It ain’t a moment to attack, Puff. That shit trash. I hate how in our culture; all the financially successful brother’s get attacked. Accountability is the word for 2020. Be accountable for the decisions you make and work from there. Don’t work from this, I’m a victim, “Puff did this, and then I tried to offer him $2 million.” Nigga, if that shit worth, $10 million that $2 million ain’t nothing. It don’t matter what I got in my pocket. I don’t believe none of them niggas got what they say they got anyways. That’s just me, but these people work hard. Mase’s music ain’t just a reflection of, Mase. This is a reflection of, Bad Boy’s hard work, Puff hard work, all of the stuff that went into making that thing a success. It’s more than just a pen and a writer.



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