In 1996, Mase got his break when Sean “Diddy” Combs signed him to Bad Boy Records. “Harlem World”, his first solo record, debuted at number 1 on several charts and has gone platinum 4x’s over.
He had two follow up albums that were met with mixed success.
He eventually left Bad Boy and became a pastor saying that he “retired” from rap.
According to The Yolanda Adams Morning Show, Mase based his preaching on the “virtues of marriage and family values.” His success in music and style in the pulpit allowed him to build a faithful following among parishioners in Atlanta and Phoenix where he built two successful churches.
Before long, however, Mase started to miss the music world and began to work on albums with various artists. The allure of the hardcore rap life would prove to be too much for him as his lyrics started to drift back into the very things he preached against.
Elev8 noted that Ja Rule, a fellow rapper testing the waters of Christianity said, “I’m very confused by what Mase is doing. I don’t know if that’s cool or not. I wouldn’t play with the Lord like that, that’s why I had a talk with Carl [Lentz] (his pastor) and let him know, like, listen I took this walk, but I’m not ready to go all the way, I’m still making rap music.”
In 2012, The Christian Post reported that Mase “said he regretted his transition from a rapper to pastor.”
Over the next three years, a number of his followers would jump ship as they saw his life differ considerably from his messages. Things really started to fall apart about a year ago. TMZ reported in March of 2014 that his parishioners were fed up and would no longer be contributing to his churches.
Most of his success was based on his marriage and the message that revolved around it, so when he filed for divorce, even those that looked the other way when he continued rapping about promiscuity, fornication, and everything that he preached against, found it to be just too much. His double life had finally caught up with him.
Mase decided to move completely back to rap and forget about the churches. TMZ states, “he’s dropped all ties with both churches and is playing regular rap gigs around L.A., jumping back into his former lifestyle hardcore.”
What does Mase have to say to those who feel this way? TMZ reported on June 29, 2015 these words: As for those stalwart loyalists, well Mase says …###them.
Date Posted: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 , Total Page Views: 1019
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