Best known seeing that Puff Daddy’s beloved sidekick, Mase secured his place being a Poor Boy label beloved through some guest appearances in strike singles by various other artists. By enough time he released his debut record, the Poor Youngster promotional machine got effectively already produced him a superstar. His movement was gradual and calm, and his raps frequently unabashedly basic, which helped make him specifically popular with younger portion of Puff Daddy’s pop-rap viewers (they can understand him and rap along). Needless to say, he was under no circumstances much of a crucial favorite for a similar cause, but that became a moot stage when, right before the discharge of his second record, he announced his pension from rap to pursue a profession within the ministry. Mase was created Mason Durrell Betha in Jacksonville, FL, on August 27, 1977. His family members relocated to Harlem when he was five, but at age group 13, he was repaid to Florida amid issues that he was dropping in with the incorrect crowd. He came back to NY two years later on, and started rapping to amuse the other users of his college basketball group. He was an excellent enough basketball participant to earn a scholarship or grant to SUNY, but hip-hop quickly turned out to be even more important; beneath the name Mase Murder, he became a member of a rap group known as Children from the Corn, which disbanded when among its members passed away in a vehicle accident. Mase proceeded to go solo and began making contacts around New York’s hip-hop golf club picture. In 1996, he journeyed to Atlanta for any music conference, wishing to attach with Jermaine Dupri; rather, he fulfilled Sean “Puffy” Combs, who agreed upon him to Poor Boy after hearing him rap. Mase debuted on Combs’ remix from the 112 one “Just You,” and quickly became a near-ubiquitous visitor rapper on Poor Boy releases as well as other Combs-related tasks. He was a acknowledged featured guest for the Puff Daddy smashes “Can’t No one Keep Me Down” and “It’s ABOUT the Benjamins,” managed the very first verse from the Notorious B.We.G.’s number 1 hit “Mo’ Cash, Mo’ Complications,” and produced prominent performances on Mariah Carey’s “Honey,” Brian McKnight’s “YOU OUGHT TO BE Mine (Don’t Waste materials My Period),” Junior M.A.F.We.A.’s “Little Casanova,” and Busta Rhymes’ “YOUR BODY Rock,” amongst others. By showcasing Mase in such high-profile configurations, not forgetting spotlighting him in a number of videos aswell, Combs made certain that by enough time Mase in fact released his very own record, every hip-hop enthusiast in the us would know who he was. Hence, when Mase’s debut record, Harlem Globe, appeared in past due 1997, it had been an instantaneous smash, spending its 1st fourteen days of release together with the Billboard recording charts. It had been a star-studded affair, normally offering Combs (both rapping and generating) along with a galaxy of guests: Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, DMX, Lil’ Kim, Monifah, 112, the L.O.X., Eightball & MJG, Dark Rob, and Lil’ Stop, not forgetting additional production from the Hitmen, Jermaine Dupri, as well as the Neptunes, amongst others. Reviews from the record had been combined; some critics praised Mase’s exclusive rapping design, but others had been far more severe (this writer is rather sure it had been Ira Robbins who known as Mase “the luckiest no-talent sidekick since Ed McMahon”). non-etheless, Harlem Globe was a smash strike, eventually heading platinum four occasions over; its 1st solitary, “Feels SO EXCELLENT” (which also made an appearance around the soundtrack of Cash Speaks), was a high Five pop strike, as well as the follow-up “WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE” was a fast-selling achievement as well. For the time being, Mase’s string of visitor spots continuing unabated, with performances on Brandy’s “The surface of the Globe,” Puff Daddy’s “Lookin’ at Me,” Cam’ron’s “Equine and Carriage,” 112’s “Like Me,” as well as the Rugrats soundtrack cooperation with Blackstreet and Mya, “Consider Me There.” In Apr 1998, Mase produced headlines along with his arrest in NY on disorderly carry out charges (he previously primarily been accused of soliciting a prostitute, which he rejected). However the controversy was short-lived, and by year’s end Mase got come up with his own band of protégés, also dubbed Harlem Globe, who released its debut record, The Movement, in early 1999. With Puffy’s Poor Youngster empire still operating high, Mase’s second record, Double Up, appeared to become another blockbuster. But soon after it was finished (and before it had been released), Mase stunned close affiliates and observers as well by announcing his instant retirement from your music business, phoning it incompatible along with his fresh calling towards the ministry (he’d experienced a eyesight of himself leading people into Hell). He refused to market Two times Up with any live shows, although he do provide interviews on its behalf. Maybe it was having less promotional support, or simply audiences quit their expense in him, but Two times Up produced a disappointing graph debut at quantity 11 upon its summer time 1999 release, in support of reached gold product sales status. Mase worked well thoroughly with inner-city youngsters, became an in-demand inspirational loudspeaker on the spiritual circuit, and released a memoir entitled Revelations: There is a Light Following the Lime. He came back with a fresh album, Welcome Back again, in 2004.