Mase, born Mason Durell Betha on August 27, 1975, is an American rapper known for his music from the mid- to late 90s to the early 2000s. His 1997 album “Harlem World” was certified quadruple platinum by RIAA, and his albums “Double Up” and “Welcome Back” were certified gold. Mase began rapping as a hobby he partook in with his friend Cam’ron. The two donned the names Murda Mase and Killa Cam, respectively, and formed a group called Children of Corn alongside Big L, Herb McGruff, and Bloodshed. Mase soon got signed to Bad Boy Records and began his career under the mononym ‘Mase.’ He went on to release successful albums like “Harlem World,” “Double Up,” and “Welcome Back.”
Mason Durell Betha
August 27, 1975
Mase was born in Jacksonville, Florida to P.K. and Mason Betha, alongside his twin sister, and grew up with four other siblings. After his father left the family when Mase was just three years old, his mother moved Mase and his siblings to Harlem, New York. Though Mase showed interest and promise in Basketball, he realized that his dream of playing for the N.B.A. would not be possible and he consequently shifted his focus to pursuing his music career full time.
He initially began rapping as a hobby with his friend Cam’ron. The two donned the names Murda Mase and Killa Cam, respectively and formed a group called Children of Corn alongside Big L, Herb McGruff, and Bloodshed. The group was managed by Damon Dash for a brief while. Mase soon signed with Bad Boy Records, after meeting and rapping for Puff Daddy at the Hard Rock Cafe. Mase also featured on many songs with other artists from his label, including Puff Daddy’s ‘Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,’ and Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.’ His 1997 debut album, “Harlem World,” was certified quadruple platinum by RIAA, and his second and third albums “Double Up” and “Welcome Back” were certified gold. In 1999, Mase retired from music for the next five years to enroll in college and follow a “calling from God.” Though things initially went well for him after his 2004, conflicts with Diddy and Cam’ron marred the later years of his career. Mase was married to Twyla Betha for over a decade but the couple divorced in 2014.
Murda Mase and Killa Cam form a group called Children of Corn
Mase signs a deal with Bad Boy Records.
Mase releases his debut album “Harlem World.”
Mase returns to music after a five-year hiatus with his third album “Welcome Back.”
Why We Love Mase
He is a talented musician
Mase is undoubtedly a talented musician. His music resonates with many generations.
He’s a great writer
Apart from his musicality, he is also a phenomenal writer. This is why his lyrics have been referenced by many rappers.
He is a multi-dimensional person
Despite, and perhaps because of, his flaws, Mase is a multi-dimensional person. He is very vocal about his love for music and God.
5 Surprising Facts
His first stage name
Mase’s first stage name was Murda Mase.
Kanye West loves him
West has called Mase his favorite rapper of all time.
He is a minister
Mase is also an ordained minister.
He attended university briefly
Mase attended the State University of New York for a while before dropping out to focus on music.
...And Clark Atlanta University
During his hiatus, Mase attended classes at Clark Atlanta University.
Is Mase retired?
Not anymore. After a five-year hiatus, he released another album.
Who has beef with Mase?
Mase is known to have beef with rapper, Diddy.
Is Mase related to P Diddy?
No, he is not.
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