It's '97, yeah, Harlem on the rise
And you don't really want no problem wit us guys
Mason Durell Betha (born August 27, 1977), better known by stage name Mase (stylized Ma$e), is a rapper and pastor. He hails from Harlem, New York City, New York. He was once signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’s label Bad Boy Records. He was introduced as Bad Boy’s next big artist during the summer of 1996, when he was featured on the remix to 112’s debut single, “Only You”. With his slow flow Mase quickly developed a crossover fan base as he was featured on original tracks and remixes by popular R&B artists such as Brian McKnight, Mariah Carey, Keith Sweat and Brandy, among others. Puff Daddy (Diddy), featured Mase on “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” from The Notorious B.I.G.’s double-disc album Life After Death (1997), the album’s biggest hit single. By the time Mase released his own debut album, Harlem World, in late 1997, the rapper had become Bad Boy’s premier artist, filling the void left by the death of B.I.G.. He was married to Twyla Betha and leads an international ministry while still making occasional musical guest appearances.