After the death of The Notorious B.I.G., Sean Combs quickly thrust Mase into the spotlight that was 1990s Bad Boy Records. In a matter of months, he went from a street rapper to the top of the hip hop world. At the peak of his popularity, Mase announced that he was retiring from rap.
Abruptly, Mase left New York City and he opened a church in Atlanta. For the next five years, Mase worked as a pastor. There were many doubters of Mase until his ministry became widespread. Mase worked hard as a pastor for five years until he decided to return to rap after talking with Nelly.
While he was promoting his album, Welcome Back, it was clear that he was involved in some sort of dispute with Sean Combs. Mase said that he would not appear on stage with Combs again until he got saved, too. But, the next year, Mase attempted to join G-Unit Records and made a cameo appearance in 50 Cent’s video. It was during this time that he retired from the ministry.
Since he had tried to leave Bad Boy, Combs froze Mase. He would not allow him to appear on music from other artists and he was not allowed to record a new album. This led to Mase fighting to get off of the label and a very public feud between Mase and Combs. A few months ago, the two men ended their feud and Sean Combs allowed Mase to work with other artists again.
In September, Sean Combs moved Bad Boy Records to Interscope for distribution. Under the terms of the deal, some acts signed under Atlantic, including Mase, ended up being moved over to Interscope. Now that he has the freedom to record music, Mase has been working hard.
Before the end of 2010, Mase hopes to release his currently untitled album on Bad Boy Records.