Local hip-hop artist Young Mass says he “… can’t take this disrespect from none of them stick-up-the-ass Aftermath niggas.” He’s talking about onetime collaborators Dr. Dre and Dre’s studio staff at Aftermath Entertainment. “Karma swings around, regardless of who a muthafucka is. Dre, Jay-Z, Pac, Big, them, me, whoever. Every label has felt the karma for being on top and treating niggas like shit.”
Mass took part in recording sessions at the Aftermath studio for Dre’s new album Detox. Keith Woods at Massterpiece Entertainment says Mass is angry about “the disrespect Dr. Dre and the Aftermath staff showed for Mass’s musicianship.” Mass got to know Dre during his three years of employment at Dre’s Rockhardbody gym in Woodland Hills.
“Mass was invited into Aftermath’s studio,” says Woods. “After laying down some of his best lyrical work, Mass was unexplainably blackballed from the studio.”
Furthermore, “Many of Mass’s masters are being bogarted by several studios he recorded at over his five-year recording career with Digital Underground. Various songs had to be withheld from Mass’s self-titled debut album due to the poor quality of the copies in Mass’s possession.…
“Mass is also perplexed at why he has not been receiving royalties and/or proper credit for work on several projects, including his production work on the Sex and the Studio XXX DVD series and 25 to Life video-game soundtracks.”
On the upside, according to Woods, rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight came to San Diego’s downtown club Aubergine on May 1 to talk with Mass about possibly executive-producing Mass’s next album.
Mass says a follow-up meeting with Knight was scheduled in L.A., but it was delayed after a May 10 altercation at a Hollywood nightclub that left Knight bloodied and lying on a sidewalk.
– Jay Allen Sanford