Murda Ma$e Isn’t Tripping Off the BS
Throughout the years, Ma$e has caught a lot of heat. His first wave of critics spoke up when he left the rap game to pursue a spiritual life back in 1999, leaving behind his position at Bad Boy Records as well as his own record label, All Out Records. The next wave hit when he left his ministry at S.A.N.E. Church in Atlanta and made a comeback to the game in 2004 with his third studio album, Welcome Back.
Now, Ma$e is caught in a tense situation with Cam’ron. Friction between the two has existed for years, but after Cam’ron stirred the pot between them with his track “It’s Killa” on his most recent project, Ma$e fired back with his own response, “The Oracle.”The next day, Cam took another shot at Ma$e with his next diss track “Dinner Time.” Although Cam screenshotted and posted a brief exchange between the two on Instagram that suggests that the beef may have been squashed, Ma$e’s most recent interview with Angie Martinez shows that it may not be completely settled, where he said “If it doesn’t stop, it’s gonna end bad for him.”
Murda Ma$e vs. Pastor Ma$e
A common theme in their ongoing feud has been Ma$e’s role in the church, illustrated in Cam’ron’s “Take Em to Church” track on his Purple Haze album from 2004. It came up again in “Dinner Time.” Among other things, he accuses Ma$e of being a corrupt pastor and a “false prophet,” which are essentially the same issues the public has criticized him of as well.
In a recent interview on VLADTV, Nick Cannon accused Ma$e of misleading people. Cannon notes that he was supportive of both “Murda Ma$e” as well as “Pastor Ma$e”, but believes Ma$e crossed a line when he reverted back to violent material after his comeback to hip-hop. Cannon questioned his character as a man of God, and referenced statements made by Ma$e in his 2001 book in which he said that he was definitively done with rap.
Cannon added that he understands the duality involved between the flesh and the spirit, and stated that he looks forward to Ma$e’s discussion of that fact, which he believes would be helpful to people. What Cannon and other critics may have missed is was what Ma$e has been saying in interviews like the Angie Martinez Show.
Ma$e stated that after 20 years of turning the other cheek to Cam, he felt that he was allotted the chance to respond as a man, rather than a preacher. As for his return to hip-hop and leaving his church, he says that he can still be spiritual as well as an artist, and that he has grown rather than gone back on his word:
“When I first started, I used to say you can’t do this and you couldn’t do this, because you were in church, so I do understand that, but that’s me talking as a 20 year old. If I’m in something for that many years, Im not gonna still have the same view.”
Ma$e Explains Further
Ma$e did an interview on TIDAL’s Rap Radar the next day, and addressed some of the same issues brought up on the Angie Martinez Show. Over the course of the 90 minute interview, Ma$e discussed in detail about how he came to be involved with the church, and talked about how the history of spirituality in hip-hop.
“You remember DMX used to get on stage, and he would do all these crazy songs. But then he would pray, and it would be so moving to people, because the dopest MCs always had a spiritual sense to them… So people that argue with that, they don’t know hip-hop.”
Regardless of all that Ma$e has to say, it’s doubtful we’ll ever know just how much truth Cam’ron’s accusations hold throughout all the shots he’s taken at him, as well as the truth behind his past in the church. However, if you take the time to listen to all Ma$e has had to say, he drops some serious knowledge that is sure to resonate with hip-hop fans and churchgoers alike.
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