Mase tells MTV News that he’s looking to leave Bad Boy and head over to the G-Unit crew. “When I came back to Bad Boy, they didn’t want me to go where I wanted to go [with the music],” he said about the content of his comeback LP, last year’s ‘Welcome Back’. “They wanted me to do what was safe for them. I had to pretty much sabotage myself. Everybody knows who I am. I ain’t going to be 50. I ain’t gonna be Usher, but right in between.” Read more, including Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ reaction to the news, here.
Jamie Foster Brown of Sister 2 Sister magazine caught up with Mase and asked the rapper about how he acts like he’s in his 40s. “People always tell me I act like a young, grown man,” Mase admitted. “I’ve grown up around older people, so I just have an older way of thinking….from people knowing my story about how I grew up and how I had 11 friends and 10 of them were killed, all at the same time…it just always put me on a different page. I’ve seen so much that it was like, you might as well just have fun. I totally understood that it was no coincidence how, when I was little, my mom sent me to Florida and I ended up coming back [home to Harlem]. I was just always at the right place at the right time. Even in meeting Puff…. I was in Atlanta but I’m not from Atlanta. Even with leaving music and seeing what happened to Shyne [Shyne was imprisoned after he and Puffy were involved in a shooting]. I really believed in my heart that that was my seat, but because I was able to see something that nobody else saw, it made sense when that happened. Like, ‘wow, that would’ve been me. I’m Puff’s ace, so that would’ve been my gun’.” The full story at s2smagazine.com has since been removed.
Rappers on television this week include Eve, who appears on ‘The Late Late Show’ on Monday; Mase, who performs on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Monday; De La Soul, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show’ on Friday; and Petey Pablo, who performs with Ciara on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Friday.
According to AllHipHop.com, Mase’s wife Twyla Betha has given birth to a baby boy about two weeks ago. “First of all congrats to Mase and the whole Betha family on the new baby boy,” the rapper’s DJ, Craig, said. “I don’t have kids to know how it feels but it must be a great feeling to bring a new born in the world [but], as his DJ [I say its time to] Get back to work.”
Rap acts on television this week include Ja Rule, who stops by ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday with his new video; Nelly, who visits ‘TRL’ on Tuesday and performs twice on the MTV show on Wednesday; Talib Kweli, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Wednesday; Lil’ Flip, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Wednesday; and Mase, who performs on ‘Last Call’ on Friday.
Rap acts on television this week include Nelly, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Tuesday and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Thursday; 213, who perform on ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ on Tuesday; Andre 3000 of Outkast, who drops the band’s latest video on ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday; and Mase, who appears on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Thursday.
Contributed by AdamBernard:
If you don’t know Mase’s story by now, well, you’re probably not reading this review, so there’s no point in recapping the events of the past decade or so. ‘Welcome Back’ is the return to airplay of one of radio and television’s favorite artists of the mid to late 90’s, Mase. Oddly enough, Mase was also always one of my favorites. He was never the best lyricist, but I’ve always enjoyed his flow and he’s always said things that have made me smile or laugh. There are VERY few artists I can say that about and let’s face it, it’s great to party, it’s great to talk about social issues, but sometimes you just want to smile. ‘Welcome Back’ is a continuation of this concept. Check out the review here.