Rapper turned preacher is about to go back to rapping again, claiming that he should have never left it. Is he doing too much?
By: Taren Vaughan
Dancing alongside Diddy in shiny suits and steadily flashing his boyish smile, Mase was one of the most popular artists Bad Boy had to offer, aside from the late great Christopher Wallace. Seeing much success as a member of Puff’s camp, the Harlem-raised rap star delivered hits like Feel So Good and had people mimicking his two step move. The instant fame and fortune that he saw was what most artists hope for. But it all led him to seek a higher calling.
Hanging up his Bad Boy jersey for a robe and the Bible, Mase announced to the Hip-Hop community that he had retired from the rap game to preach the word of God.
Believable it was not until we saw this:
Hmm, still weren’t quite sold on the idea even with the suit and Bible in hand, especially since he didn’t stay gone but for so long.
Even after becoming a pastor, Mase just couldn’t say no to his rap roots as he re-entered the music industry, dropping Welcome Back, in light of his return.
Sideways looks, chuckles and heavy criticism definitely came shortly after this announcement dropped.
In an interview that he did with TBN, Mase agreed that it was a sudden change, especially considering the image that he portrayed:
“I went so hard in one direction that people had things to say and rightfully so,”
“I didn’t give myself any room to grow, I went from one extreme to another extreme, I was just so gung ho about what I was learning, that’s all I wanted.
Just because he is stepping into an arena filled with secular music doesn’t mean that he will become a certified heathen. And to ensure that this doesn’t happen to him, he has asked his congregation to pray for him on his journey, one that will be full of temptation and might cause him to backslide. And even his church members have their reservations about it:
“Why is it Christians are more confident in the Devil taking me more than Christ keeping me,” “What I have inside of me is more powerful than anything the world could ever offer me.”
Not questioning his faith in God of course, but I was never totally sold on the thought of Mase preaching from a pulpit.
Should he just stick to preaching instead of hopping in and out of the rap game to satisfy his urges?
Mase was set to perform at Summer Jam 2012 along with a list full of talent.
Is it just me or is this year’s Summer Jam becoming everyone’s shot at a solid comeback?