2017 has been a petty ass year. Just when we thought things have simmered down Ma$e and Cam’ron have reignited some throwback beef that is so much juicier than it sounds. I say that because Ma$e and Cam’ron are hardly marquee names anymore, but perhaps hats why they both had a little time for old beef.
Background from Ambrosia For Heads~
Twenty years ago, Ma$e and Cam’ron were band-mates in Children Of The Corn. Both artists are from neighboring blocks in Harlem, and also played basketball together in their youth. As New York’s Rap community found new stars by the late 1990s, each MC signed major solo deals. In fall of 1997, Ma$e broke through with quadruple platinum #1 debut Harlem World for Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records. Less than a year later, Cam’ron stepped forth with Confessions Of Fire. The LP dropped through Undeas/Epic, tied to Lance “Un” Rivera, another close Notorious B.I.G. affiliate.
While Ma$e helped set Cam’ up on his first single “Horse & Carriage,” the two men have had an odd relationship seemingly ever since. There have been disses as far back as Cam’ron’s 2002 “Welcome To New York City,” and reunion efforts such as 2009’s “Get It.”
Now it would assume that all of this would have been far behind the two rappers. What’s bringing all this old mess up? It would appear that Ma$e is coming out of the blue with everything. But appearances can be deceiving.
Earlier this year, during a controversial Instagram Live chat, Cam’ron accused Ma$e of leaving New York for Atlanta in Y2K as an effort to get away from the streets. “[I] can’t even get mad at Ma$e. You know why? Let me tell you something. I used to be mad at Ma$e because I was younger than Ma$e. But I know ni**as 28, 29, 30 that can’t handle having $10 million. That ni**a Ma$e was 22 years old with $10 million, my ni**a. He went triple-platinum when he was 21 years old, my ni**a, that’s a lot to handle.”
He added, “Ma$e wasn’t coming outside — that sh*t just got a little aggressive. You go triple platinum, sh*t gonna get aggressive. Ni**a said, ‘F*ck it man, you know what? It’s a lot of violence going on around me. I’m gonna take these chips I got, and I’m going to church.’ And I used to be mad at him about it, but hey, I see where he’s coming from. I wouldn’t go that far where he went, but I see the play.” Between 1999’s Double Up and 2004’s aptly-titled Welcome Back, Ma$e formally retired while on Funkmaster Flex’s April 20, 1999 HOT 97 show.
He soon relocated to Georgia, and enrolled as a freshman at Clark University. He would also pastor for El Elyon International Church. Over time, the church expanded to campuses in Atlanta as well as Phoenix, Arizona. In 2014, he reportedly cut ties with the church following his divorce.
I was at Clark Atlanta University when Mase enrolled and it was quite the scandal at the time. Way before Nick Cannon was enrolling at Howard you didn’t see many black millionaires enrolling in school like regular Joes. So to learn that Mase was there as a young man with $10 million bucks who wanted to get away from hoodlums is kinda admirable. Why Cam is so fixated on it now is weird, but he brings up even more in his newly released mixtape The Program where he “spills tea” on a 1997 event involving Harlem World’s own.
“’97 huh, drugs I moved a big amount / Chick in my crib I ribs them up to dig it out / Then Ma$e called, said ‘Yo, I’m stuck inside some b*tch’s house’ / Her boyfriend at the door, could I hurry up and get him out / Aight, what’s the address? Homie said ‘Kingsbridge’ / That was great I had some ni**as right on Bainbridge / Yeah, we play but believe it ain’t no game, kid / Hopped off the elevator, aimed it at that lame lid / I ain’t give a damn, yeah Cam, I was gung-ho / Got this ni**a home and he passed me a hundo ($100 dollars?!) / Told him straight-up I ain’t feeling him / Let me curve this ni**a ‘fore I end up killing him / I would make 80K on a lazy day / Then I watched him play Pop Lotti against Baby Maine / At this time I’m moving heroin in Maryland / They both died and this ni**a turned reverend.”
Cam’ron has had a lot of time for Ma$e…so Ma$e made a little for him on The Oracle and it was.not.pretty. One thing you never wanna do in life is start a public drag session with someone you’ve known for over 20 years. The only thing worse would be getting into it with your mama, but I’m sure she’d show you more mercy than what Mase showed Cam’ron. Unlike that contrived Remy beef on Shether, where you don’t even get the feeling that Remy knows Nicki and she seems to be blaming Nicki for ruining her career and trying to kill someone, these two men know a lot about each other and the beef goes deep.
“I know you need money I get it / I know your digital sales, I know about your digits / I know Sony Red don’t want to see your sh*t distribute / I know it’s crickets so f*ck it, use my name so they can click it / I made you, I raised you, why would I play you? / When you dealing with this power ni**a, Flex can’t save you.”
I’ll just say this. Ma$e has ALWAYS had a better flow than what some of his commercial hits exhibited, but getting saved boosted his savagery to biblical proportions. And i’m HERE.FOR.IT.
Apparently Cam’ron is as well because he just sent a message letting us know he’s with the Shyts.