Timeline of Ma$e’s Post Retirement Career

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    Timeline of Ma$e's Post Retirement Career
    On April 1999, top-selling Bad Boy artist Ma$e revealed that he was retiring from rap to become a born-again Christian, claiming he found God. However, 13 years and three returns later, the Harlem cat proved that leaving the game for good—despite it being for religious purposes—was harder than one would think (who retires from rap anyway?). After announcing his return to rap a few weeks ago, following his appearance on Wale's “Slight Work (Remix)” and phone-in interview with <a href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2012/04/mae-addresses-comeback-mmg-rumors-and-more-with-hot-97s-funkmaster-flex/">Funkmaster Flex</a>, the rapper-turned-pastor-turned-rapper again made it even clearer last night (June 3) at Hot 97's Summer Jam concert, as he hit the grand stage with French Montana, Wale and Big Sean to perform his verse off the aforementioned track. Though it isn't clear how long this go-around will last, <em>XXL</em> constructed a timeline on the post-retirement career of hip-hop's once favorite playa turned pastor turned playa MC reborn.—<em>Ralph Bristout</em> (<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/xxlralph">@XXLRalph</a>)
  • Ma$e-Announces-Retirement
    April 20th, 1999 — Announces Retirement
    Ma$e announces his retirement from rap during an interview with Funkmaster Flex on New York's Hot 97, revealing that he found God and also declaring “Ma$e” dead.
  • Double-Up
    June 15th, 1999 — <em>Double Up</em> Releases
    Despite announcing his retirement, Ma$e's sophomore LP <em>Double Up</em> releases and sells a total of 420,000 copies.
  • Ma$e Enrolls
    August 19th, 1999 — Enrolls At Clark Atlanta University
    After moving from Harlem to Atlanta, the former rapper (at the time) enrolled at Clark Atlanta University to pursue a bachelor's degree in education.
  • Pastor Ma$e
    December 10th, 2000 — Becomes Pastor Mason Betha
    Ma$e is ordained by Pastor Jonathan Carter, as a pastor of East Atlanta's Siloam Baptist Church.
  • SANE-Ministries
    January 2001 — Starts S.A.N.E. Ministries
    Finds S.A.N.E. (Saving a Nation Endangered) Church international and Mason Betha ministries in Atlanta.
  • Ma$e-Twyla
    May 20th, 2001 — Announces Engagement
    After first meeting each other at the Siloam Baptist Church in Atlanta, Pastor Mason Betha announces his engagement with girlfriend Twyla McInnis to his church.
  • Ma$e-Revelations
    October 30, 2001 — Releases Autobiography
    Ma$e releases an autobiography, <em>Revelations: There's a Light After the Lime</em>.
  • Ma$e-Honorary-Doctorate
    2002 — Earns Honorary Doctorate
    Receives an Honorary Doctorate of Theology from St. Paul's Bible Institute in New York, NY.
  • Ma$e-Diddy
    May 2004 — Rejoins Bad Boy Records
    Betha returns to rap and announces <em>Welcome Back</em> album to drop on Bad Boy Records.
  • Mase-Jim-Jones
    July 29th, 2004 — Cam'Ron And Jim Jones Square Off On Hot 97
    During an interview with Hot 97's Morning Show, Ma$e engaged in a heated conversation with longtime friends Cam'Ron and Jim Jones after detailing the reason for his spilt with the crew. “I don’t like you. You shouldn’t have came out your mouth. I’ll put some dentures in your mouth,” exclaimed Jones. “Go back down south with your congregation.” Ma$e brushed off the insults later on in the interview stating, “I love them dudes. It’s just sad when people don’t understand.”
  • Welcome-Back
    August 24th, 2004 — Releases <em>Welcome Back</em>
    Backed by singles “Welcome Back” and “Breathe, Stretch, Shake”—both cracking the top 10 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot Rap Tracks chart—Ma$e’s third studio album <em>Welcome Back</em> releases to sales of about 188,000 copies its first week, on the way to 550,000 in total. After the album’s release, Betha hooked up with Kanye West for remixes to “Jesus Walks” and “Welcome Back,” and also joined Fat Joe, Eminem and Remy Ma for the "Lean Back (Remix)." Soon after this return however, Ma$e would go on another rap hiatus.
  • Ma$e-G-Unit
    August 2005 — Returns and Aligns with 50 Cent & G-Unit
    After making a surprise appearance with 50 Cent and G-Unit on the Anger Management 3 Tour, Ma$e returns and releases his debut G-Unit mixtape, <em>Crucified 4 the Hood: 10 Years of Hate</em> along with reclaiming his former Murda Ma$e moniker. During this return, he engaged in beef with Fabolous, Loon and Dipset and eventually would go on another rap hiatus after his G-Unit deal didn’t fall through. The rapper was also rumored to be having a fling with former G-Unit songstress, Olivia.
  • Ma$e-Steve-rifkind
    April 2007 — Steve Rifkind Reveals Ma$e Close to Signing Deal with SRC Records
    During an interview with <em>XXL</em>, SRC Records’ Steve Rifkind revealed that Ma$e was close to signing a deal with his label. The rapper even released a new song titled “Extra Ordinary.” “We are closing the Ma$e deal. His album is crazy. We are doing a production and distribution deal with him. We don't have a date for the album yet, but it will be out by the end of the year. It's all brand new material," Rifkind disclosed. However, the album and deal would not follow through and Ma$e would once again leave the game.
  • Ma$e-Tran
    May 15th, 2007 — Gets Caught Searching For A Transvestite
    According to reports, the pastor turned rapper was involved in a car accident after allegedly trying to pick up a transvestite in Atlanta, GA. The victim of the accident later appeared on local radio show <em>Ryan Cameron Morning Show</em> and spoke on the incident stating that the girls ran up to her car after accident saying, “Girl, girl, we seen what happened, we seen everything!'”"It's like, five or six of them because they working, so they run up to the car saying, 'Girl, are you OK? He's been circling around here like four times already trying to pick one of these queens up.'"
  • Ma$e-Church
    November 2008 — Opens Church in Phoenix
    Pastor Betha expands his El Elyon International Church (EEIC) to Phoenix, AZ. “It just makes sense that we are on both coasts,” he explained to AllHipHop.com. “Our vision has always been to plant churches all over the world, and Phoenix is the first of many.”
  • Ma$e-Harlem-O
    June 23rd, 2009 — Returns Once Again On Harry O’s “Uptown Boy”
    Signed to Ja Rule’s then Mpire Records, Harry O enlists Ron Browz and Ma$e for the remix to his buzz record “Uptown Boy.” The record marks another return for the <em>Harlem World</em> rapper.
  • Ma$e-DJ-Self
    June 29th, 2009 — Announces Official Return to DJ Self, Jim Jones Apologizes
    After releasing a remix to Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” record Ma$e calls into DJ Self’s radio show to officially announce his return, citing the death of Michael Jackson as his inspiration for doing so. "I'm excited. Mike passed away, it just lit the fire up under me, made me wanna go to the studio and do something,” he said. Soon after he gave a shoutout to his affiliates from Diddy to 50 Cent, the whole Harlem, Cam’Ron and Jim Jones, the latter would call into the Power 105.1 radio show to apolgize to his longtime friend. “What’s good Betha…I apologize for everything I did when I was younger. You can get my number from Self and sh*t like that. Pardon my French. Pardon, pardon me it's monumental that's why I'ma get off it. You already know Betha, it's nothing but love. Self's got my number, I'm jumping off the line. I'll holla, Jones."
  • Ma$e-CAm'ron
    July 11th, 2009 — Ma$e and Cam’Ron Reunite On Record
    Following their infamous Hot 97 spat, the two childhood friends mend fences and collaborate on a new record titled "Get It" which landed on Killa’s <em>Boss Of All Bosses</em> and Ma$e’s <em>I Do the Impossible</em> mixtapes respectively.
  • Ma$e-diddy-Papers
    October 19th, 2009 — Ma$e Asks Diddy To Release Him From Bad Boy Records
    While Diddy was being interviewed live on-air interview with V103’s Ryan Cameron, Ma$e made an impromptu appearance with papers that would allegedly release him from his Bad Boy contract. Diddy caught off guard, signed the papers and later told Cameron after signing, “[Ma$e] has the freedom to go do whatever he wants to do. People have felt like our situation, I may have stopped him or whatever. He can do whatever he want to do If you want them Mase verses get ya hustle on right now.” However, Miss Info would later reveal that the papers he had Diddy signed were just forms that would only allow Ma$e to do songs with other artists and that he was still contractually signed to Bad Boy.
  • Ma$e-French Montana
    October 20th, 2009 — Hops On French Montana’s “New York Minute (Remix)”
    The pastor jumps on the remix to French Montana’s street anthem after the latter’s <em>NY Minute can bring Mase Back</em> line. The two would later drop a video for the remix.
  • I Do the Impossible
    November 20th, 2009 — Drops <em>I Do the Impossible</em> Mixtape
    After weeks of dropping new joints off the project, Ma$e comes through with his first new project five years. As the tape was tepidly received, the rapper deleted his then Twitter account and once again went on another rap hiatus.
  • Ma$e-Rick-Ross-French-Montana
    April 17th, 2012 — Spotted in the Studio with Rick Ross and French Montana
    With rumors swirling about his comeback, a Twitpic photo surfaces of the Harlemite in the studio with Rico Love, Rick Ross, French Montana and Omarion.
  • Ma$e-Jeweler
    April 23rd, 2012 — Reportedly Owes $125,000 in Back Taxes
    TMZ reports that the former Bad Boy chart-topper owes a total of $124,774.85 in back taxes stemming from the years 2000, 2001 and 2004.
  • Slight-Work-Remix
    April 24th, 2012 — Returns On the Remix to Wale’s “Slight Work”
    Amidst rumors of possibly joining MMG, Ma$e jumps on the official remix to Wale’s <em>Ambition</em> album cut featuring French Montana and Bad Boy general Diddy.
  • Ma$e-Comeback
    April 25th, 2012 — Announces Official Comeback With Funkmaster Flex
    “You know, Flex. To keep it 100 with you, nobody’s got more chances like I got. I think meant to do it,” the rapper revealed to Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex about his decision to return to the rap game. “I keep throwing it away, it keep coming back to me. It must be meant."
  • Ma$e-SummerJAm
    June 3, 2012 — Hot 97 Summer Jam Return
    Betha makes his return to the grand stage during French Montana's set to perform his remix verse to Wale's "Slight Work (Remix)"
  • TONY BANKZ

    Mase is my nigga…still lookin swagged up to the max…GET MONEY…

  • po

    working with maybach will get him nowhere

    • Mario

      Completely Agree! I Hate To Say It But He Should Of Stayed With
      Bad Boy!

  • 0moreno0

    I’m glad he’s retiring. bye