Rapper-turned-preacher MasonMa$eBetha recently addressed his underlying motives in joining G-Unit.

The former Bad Boy artist spoke on the public perception of himself as an entertainer.

“I think people look at me like I’ve taken the step that people are most fearful of taking,” he says. “It’s not just the giving it up; it’s the sticking with it. Like most people have seen a lot of entertainers entertain the thought, but we haven’t seen many stick with it.”

“In order for people to understand, you have to take them from where you were, to where you are,” he says. “So in taking people from where I was, it would require you to do music that exemplified where you were, then if I would have stayed in it, I was going to musically bring them to where I am. But then I started seeing that what I’m thinking and what they’re thinking is totally two different things.” (Phoenix New Times)

50 Cent urged Mase to join his roster around summer 2005, however, a deal was never officially signed.

“I had a conversation with him,” 50 recalled in a September 2005 interview. “I said, ‘Mase, you was selling 4 million records at that time. If you felt that way [about changing your message] and made an album at the time about the way you felt — wouldn’t you have reached more people than Farrakhan reached with the Million Man March, if you got 4 million people buying your CD?” (MTV)

Mase’s last album dropped nearly five years ago.

Mase worked extensively with inner-city youth, became an in-demand inspirational speaker on the religious circuit, and published a memoir titled Revelations: There’s a Light After the Lime. He returned with a new album, Welcome Back, in 2004. (All Music)

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