Last week Diddy was honored with the Icon Award at the Clive Davis pre-Grammys and according to Yahoo! Entertainment, called out The Recording Academy for overlooking hip hop artists.
During his impassioned acceptance speech, Diddy stated, “Black music has never been respected by the Grammys to the point that it should be.” The hip hop mogul continued, “This thing been going on, and it’s not just going on in music, it’s going on in the film, it’s going on in sports, it’s going around the world. And for years we’ve allowed institutions that have never had our best interest at heart to judge us. And that stops right now.”
Diddy ended his speech by setting a timetable, “I’m officially starting the clock — y’all got 365 days to get this shit together.”
Today, Mase did some calling out of his own as the former rapper took to Instagram to address Sean “Diddy” Combs directly. Mase posted, “@diddy I heard your #Grammy speech about how u are now for the artist and about how the artist must take back control. So I will be the first to take that initiative.”
He went on to say, “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 the change you can make a change today by starting with yourself.”
Mase accused Diddy of having past business practices that “purposely starved your artist…the very same artist that helped u obtain that Icon Award on the iconic Badboy label.” Mase closed out his Instagram rant with a demand of his own, “GIVE THE ARTIST BACK THEIR $$$. So they can take care of their families.”
Thus far, Diddy has yet to respond, but we’re hopeful that these two can sit down and hash out their differences. After all, “nobody wins when the family feuds.”
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Noname Drops “Song 33” in Response to J. Cole Diss
Chicago musician Noname has responded to J. Cole in her latest release “Song 33.” If you recall, two days ago we broke down the Noname/J.Cole beef and why many were calling Cole’s controversial song “Snow on Tha Bluff” misogynist and patriarchal. Noname appears to address the diss track and more on her latest release “Song 33.”
As soon as you press play the track hits you right in the feels. A sample saying “Oh, I have ambitions, dreams / But dreams don’t come cheap” opens the song, then immediately we listen to Noname discuss the patriarchal society in which Black women are forced to exist – a society that undervalues and ignores Black women. She said Oluwatoyin Salu’s name.
I saw a demon on my shoulder / it’s looking like patriarchy
Like scrubbing blood off the ceiling and bleaching another carpet
She takes aim at J. Cole for staying silent while Black women routinely “go missing,” yet immediately having something to say when she called him out on it.
One girl missing another one go missing / One girl missing another
But niggas in the back quiet as a church mouse / Basement studio when duty calls to get the verse out
Noname lists all the brutalities happening to Black people and Black women while at the same time, calling him to action. She reminds us Black women are going missing.
I guess the ego hurt now / It’s time to go to work / Wow
Look at him go / He really ‘bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?
When it’s people in trees?
She then criticizes the internet at large for being too easily distracted by the “beef” and losing sight of “the new world order.”
It’s trans women being murdered and this is all he can offer?
And this is all y’all receive? / Distracting you from the convo wit organizers
They talkin abolishing the police
This the new world order
Noname has always been an outspoken champion for Black women’s rights, often bringing attention to crimes committed against Black women that regularly go unheard. In her response to J. Cole, the musician again uses her platform to not only highlight the inherent patriarchy that causes so many Black female victims of violent crime to go unnoticed and forgotten, but to also galvanize Cole, to publicly and boldly challenge him and everyone listening to be the vanguards of a more just and equitable society.
Noname’s call to action is one that has been repeated by women of color for years. Tarana Burke (below), a woman of color and the founder of the “Me Too” Movement, initially began saying the phrase to remind women of color that they are not alone when they struggle with coping with sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Kimberlé Crenshaw (below), another woman of color and an outspoken feminist and civil rights activist, coined the term “intersectionality” to explain the myriad obstacles Black women face in society and how those obstacles compound on one another to create a unique brand of discrimination against them.
As we take each and every day, but especially this Juneteenth, to reflect on the painful history of the United States and remember the priceless cost of freedom, we must heed Noname’s call and begin to acknowledge the ways we Black Americans are not free, the ways Black women are not free.
And we must do it in a QUEEN TONE!!!
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