|Mase Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9¾ in|
|Date of Birth||August 27, 1975|
Mase is an American rapper, songwriter, and minister. He has released albums and songs like Harlem World, Double Up, Welcome Back, Lookin’ at Me (ft. Puff Daddy), Feel So Good (ft. Kelly Price), What You Want (ft. Total), Get Ready (ft. Blackstreet), All I Ever Wanted (ft. Cheri Dennis), Keep It On, Get It (ft. Cam’Ron and B. Rossi), Nothing (ft. Eric Bellinger), and Breathe, Stretch, Shake (ft. P. Diddy). Moreover, Mase’s work has inspired a number of rappers and Kanye West once credited Mase as his favorite rapper ever.
Mason Durell Betha
Mase, Murda Ma$e, Ma$e, Pastor Mason Betha
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Mase graduated from the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics in 1994. He then got enrolled at the State University of New York on a basketball scholarship. However, he dropped out to pursue a career as a rap artist.
In 1999, he got admission to Clark Atlanta University as he tried to leave his career as a rapper behind.
Rapper, songwriter, and minister
- Father – Mason “Father Lucky” Betha
- Mother – P.K. Betha
- Siblings – Stason Betha (Fraternal Twin Sister). He has 4 other older siblings.
Mase has been represented by Bad Boy Entertainment.
Bad Boy, Atlantic Records, E1 Music, Ice Age Entertainment, WestSide, Rich Fish
His net worth had been $8 Million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 9¾ in or 177 cm
82 kg or 181 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Mase has dated –
- Karrine Steffans – The former stripper and video vixen Karrine Steffans claimed in her autobiography that she had a fling with Mase. In her memoir, she praised Mase for being well endowed but slammed his personality.
- Brandy Norwood (1998) – Mase reportedly hooked up with recording artist Brandy Norwood in 1998. It was claimed that they had grown close while working on her single, Top of the World.
- Twyla Betha (2001-2012) – Mase got married to a woman named Twyla Betha in 2001. Over the course of their marriage, Twyla gave birth to two children. However, they decided to split up in 2012 but their divorce wasn’t filed for another two years. This created a controversy as Mase was accused of maintaining a charade just for the sake of his image and to sell his book. Initially, it was reported that he had filed for divorce in Atlanta. Sources claimed that her alcoholism was to blame as he had had enough after she was busted for driving under the influence. In his divorce filings, he had asked for full custody of their children. In response, she filed for legal separation in San Diego and also asked for full physical custody of the children along with spousal support.
Race / Ethnicity
He has African American ancestry.
- Often has a pencil mustache
- Mostly seen wearing a baseball cap
- Short cropped hairstyle
He is a devout Christian. In fact, he serves as a pastor of the El Elyon International Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Best Known For
- The popularity of his studio album, Harlem World, which went on to win a Grammy nomination and was certified quadruple platinum
- The commercial success of his music albums, Double Up and Welcome Back. Both albums were certified as gold.
In October 1997, he released his debut studio album, Harlem World. One of the featured singles, Feel So Good, was a huge hit and has achieved cult status. The single was placed in the 67th spot on the list featuring the “100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop”, which was compiled by VH1 in 2008.
In 2017, he made his theatrical film debut in the comedy flick, Girls Trip.
First TV Show
In 1997, Mase made his first TV show appearance as himself on The Chris Rock Show.
- Mase didn’t know his father while growing up.
- Mase’s mother raised him on her own.
- He had a very rough childhood and grew up in a crime-ridden neighborhood. According to reports, 8 of his 10 childhood friends were killed while the remaining two were sent to jail.
- When he was 3 or 4 years old, his mother moved her family from Jacksonville to Harlem in New York City to flee from her abusive husband.
- Mase spent most of his early teen years indulging in wrong activities such as gambling and running the streets. He was also cutting school classes.
- His mother got concerned about his demeanor and, at the age of 13, sent him to Florida. However, he returned back to New York when he turned 15 years old.
- He was signed up with Bad Boy Records by Sean Combs after he rapped for Combs at the Hard Rock Café. The record deal was worth $250,000.
- In April 1999, during a radio interview, he revealed that he was retiring from rapping as he felt that he was leading people to hell. He also declared that it was time for him to serve God.
- He released his 2nd studio album Double Up on June 15, 1999, via Bad Boy Records and it includes songs like No Matter What, Make Me Cry, If You Want to Party, Another Story to Tell, Blood is Thicker, All I Ever Wanted, and You Ain’t Smart. The album peaked at number #2 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) chart and at number #11 on the US Billboard 200 chart as well as was certified ‘Gold’ by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
- In the summer of 2004, he made his comeback to rapping by releasing the single Welcome Back.
- His 3rd studio album Welcome Back was released on August 24, 2004, and it peaked at number #3 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) chart and at number #4 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Also, it was certified ‘Gold’ by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
- In 2010, he published his autobiography, Revelations: There’s a Light After the Lime.
- He appeared as himself in the 2017 comedy film Sandy Wexler, starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn, and Lamorne Morris.
Featured Image by Mase / Instagram