Kanye West has issued an apology of sorts to old school rapper and preacher, Ma$e. After being called out for his hypocrisy by the former Bad Boy Records alum, Kanye said these words over Twitter on Monday…
“Ma$e is right about that line … I always felt funny about that line … Ma$e is one of my favorite rappers and I based a lot of my flows off of him. “I’m the king of, “ooh can I get away with this bars,” so I reap what I sow when the next generation does the same to me.”
What happened?? Over the weekend Ma$e noted over social media the fact that Kanye West thought to ridicule him back when he, like Kanye, decided to give his life to God in the middle of a thriving hip hop music career. Specifically, Ma$e took offense to a line in Kanye West’s 2010 track “Devil in a New Dress” directed at Ma$e saying, “Don’t leave when you hot!”
Ma$e hashtagged Kanye and reminded him he’s not the first rapper to follow God and speak out against the music industry. He told told Kanye, in part…
“I know today you may see it very differently so… You owe me (and my family) a public #apology and then some, if anyone owes you one. For alluding to the fact that me following God at the height of my career was a bad decision.”
Kanye West seems to acknowledge Ma$e’s point by conceding Ma$e is right, but he still stops short of issuing a full throated apology. When you look at what Ma$e is saying versus now how strongly Kanye has come out for God in his career, it does seem he owes Ma$e that apology. You know what they say about “people in glass houses.”
Of course Kanye West has taken to sloppily teaching a master class about artist contract negotiations over Twitter, and railing against the same music industry machine that birthed him. With all of Kanye West’s power and money, it would seem he could be much more effective at changing things in the industry by simply working within it, in lieu of issuing screaming communications through Twitter.
We’ll let you Know if Ye decides to say anything more to Ma$e. Until the next time it drips….