Is Hip Hop Up for Another Mase Return?April 19th, 2012
By Dan Reagans
“Don’t leave while you’re hot that’s how Mase screwed up.”
That was the true to life line Kanye West spit on the poignant “Devil In A Blue Dress,” referring to Mase’s early retirement from the rap game in 1999. Fortunately, the former Harlem Bad Boy turned pastor may be setting up to prove Yeezy wrong. Then again, we’ve seen this scenario before. M. Dollar Sign has never had trouble catching our interest, the real question is if we can keep his.
Earning his fair share of music news mentions this week, the perpetually on-again-off again Harlem rapper seems to be back at it. According to a few recent in-studio flicks with Rick Ross, French Montana, Rico Love and Omarion, hip hop’s prodigal slow flowing rhyme slinger is giving this music thing another go.
“Mase sounds good, like he never left. His flow is crazy.” French Montana revealed to XXLmag.com in an interview about the origin of the photos.
French boasted about two recorded tracks with the Reverend, hinting that the new material could possibly end up on his debut Please Excuse My French and Ross’s long delayed God Forgives, I Don’t.
While it’s good to hear that the Harlem good fella is back in the booth, one can’t help but abstain from getting too hyped about the news. In the past few years, Mase has become known for his questionable music alliances and hasty exits from hip hop. Although it’s too early to call it a comeback again, if it were, this would be Mason’s third return to the hip hop scene.
After retiring in 1999 then returning in 2004 with the bubble gum effort Welcome Back, the Bad Boy rapper attempted to jump ship in 2005, reemerging with 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew. Even though things never seemed to fully pan out for the Harlem rapper, you’ve got to give him his props. Not every veteran MC can come back and collaborate with the genre’s hottest names time and time again. Kanye’s smash “Jesus Walks” and “Lean Back” by Fat Joe and his Terror Squad crew were just a few of the summer remix smash’s Murda Mase was recruited for in ‘04.
Despite being your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper, Mase seems to be his own worst enemy after crippling his rap stature with disappearing acts. Still not being able to recapture the same kind of buzz garnered by his debut classic Harlem World, the ”Feel So Good” rapper still possesses some kind of pizazz. Even after being the target of a few character assassination attempts via his old Harlem pals Dipset and Loon, Betha’s star power hasn’t been tarnished as much as one might expect.
He always manages to captivate us all for a short spell like a shooting star. Whether he happens to be in the right places at the right time or whatever other reasons you can fathom, Betha has become that distant relative who always manages to get back in our good graces after some shady behavior. One thing is for sure, can’t nobody hold him down when it’s time to split. Hopefully we can get some good music before he’s gone with the wind again.