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Mase

Mase
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Mase Biography

Ma$e (born Mason Durrell Betha on August 27, 1978 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American rapper, best known as a successful artist on Sean Combs' (Diddy) hip hop label Bad Boy Records during the late 1990s. Since 2005, Mase has become a free agent and is currently in talks with G-Unit Records.

Raised in Harlem, New York, Mason Betha began his music career as a hardcore gangsta rapper. While in the proto-supergroup "Children of the Corn", he called himself Murder Mase, rapping alongside Big L, Cam'ron, McGruff and Bloodshed. In 1996, Mase travelled to Atlanta in hope of meeting producer Jermiane Dupri. Instead, he ran into Sean Combs and rapped for him on the spot in a nightclub. Puffy instantly signed Mase to Bad Boy records. His image was refined as Diddy set about developing a marketable pop rapper out of an artist formerly known for violent imagery in his lyrics. In 1997, Ma$e caught one of his first breaks when Puffy decided to put Mase into 112's Only You Remix which instantly showcased the young rappers talent. In that year he recorded and released his first album, Harlem World, which became a multiplatinum success, and featured the hit single "Feel So Good", which included a prominent sample of Kool & the Gang's "Hollywood Swinging" and the chorus from Miami Sound Machine's "Bad Boy". Other successful Harlem World singles included "What You Want" (featuring Total), "Lookin' At Me" (featuring Puff Daddy, produced by The Neptunes), and "24 Hours To Live" (featuring The Lox, Black Rob, & DMX). Notably popular among mainstream audiences, Mase became one of Bad Boy's premiere acts. Read Full Bio >>


Mase Photos

  • Sal Masekela

    The Life Rolls On Foundation's 9th Annual Night by the Ocean - Arrivals

  • Sal Masekela

    8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival - Opening Night Celebration - Arrivals

  • Maserati

    AVN Adult Entertainment Expo 2012 - Day 1

  • Giselle Masedo (33) and Pamela Pelayo (301

    2011 Track and Field - CIF Los Angeles City Section Cross Country Championships - November 17, 2011

  • Sal Masekala

    1st Annual Cartoon Network Hall of Game Award Show - Arrivals

  • Ruba Blal, Julian Schnabel and Jasmine Al Maseri

    67th Annual Venice Film Festival - "Miral" Photocall

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