Today In Hip-Hop: Ma$e Releases ‘Welcome Back’

On this day, August 24, in hip-hop history... 2004: It remains one of hip-hop's greatest curiosities but Mason Betha's voluntary departure from the music industry to become a pastor seems as strange now as it did then. For a man who stylizes his rapper name with a dollar sign in place of the "S", Ma$e's exit seems as strange and shocking as anything that happened in hip-hop. It would come as no surprise to music fans that Pastor Betha would return to the music game in 2004 with the release of his third album, Welcome Back. Eschewing the materialism and profanity of ...

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