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HIP-HOP SUPERSTAR MASE RETURNS WITH HIS RELEASE WELCOME BACK. Multi-platinum selling artist Mase, is gearing up to dominate the music world once again with his first single also titled "Welcome Back". The hit single "Welcome Back" is a fun summertime groove which uses a clever Welcome Back Kotter sample. The single "Welcome Back" is only the beginning. You can expect new classic Mase grooves suitable for all ages. "Welcome Back" will definitely reaffirm Mase's position as a leading force in Hip-Hop. "WELCOME BACK" MARKS THE RETURN OF GOOD SPIRITED MUSIC THE MAKES YOU DANCE, COURTESY OF MASE.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • ASIN: B0002QO4J0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For all you haters that's dissing Mase just because he ain't trying to be a pimp or a gangsta need to shut up. I don't like pop rap, but somehow I really dig Mase. He rhymes so lazily that it's irrisistable at time. I first noticed this when I heard "Feel So Good" from his debut album. "Welcome Back" isn't a classic, but it is one of the highlights of this year along with a few others.

1)Welcome Back- Even though it's getting a little boring from being overplayed, this is still a great song. I heard this song on a local rap channel and immedietely digged it.

2)Breathe, Stretch, Shake- The club banger on the album. I have a feeling Mase wanted to do at least one banger to get more people to buy the album. This is a great song but why does it say it features P. Diddy. All he does is yell a little bit every once in awhile.

3)Keep It On- The chorus sounds a little off-beat but it still works because of Mase's style. He basically tells women to keep their clothes on and that there's more ways of having fun besides sex.

4)My Harlem Lullaby- I really like this song. The chorus is pretty good. The song basically is Mase thanking everyone who supported him throughout his life.

5)I Owe- The chorus doesn't sound like something Mase would do, but the song's still good. It has a strange feel to it and is basically Mase telling everyone he owes them the truth.

6)Wasting My Time- In this song, Mase tells all the obsessive girls that they're wasting his time because he's married now.

7)Gotta Survive- The deepest song on the album and might just be the best song. Mase discusses his life, his retirement from rap to become a minister, and his return to serve God.
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When i first heard mase was coming back i was thinking "no explicit lyrics and married now i though it was going to suck". I want out to buy the album because i'm a big fan of mase. When i heard the whole album i was like whooe this is a great albut. What the hell was i thinking. I give mase mad props and wish him luck.

Best songs on the album:

1. My harlem lullaby(my favorite song on the album)5/5

2. Wasting my time 4/5

3. Welcome back 4/5

4. Into what you say4.5/5

5. Breth, strech, shake

6. Money comes and goes 5/5
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A Kid's Review on September 21, 2004
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I could honestly say that this is a cd with all songs actually worth hearing .Every song has a hot beat ,and mase every beat hot .Harlem Lullaby is crazy ,probelely hottet song on the cd ,and Do You Remeber is hot to .Get this cd ,its not often when you get a cd where every song is hot .
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I'm sure everyone knows Mase's history, but you have to admit that it was surprising to see him return to the rap scene. It's obvious that he isn't trying to give up on his faith, as Welcome Back doesn't contain any profanity, but it doesn't contain much quality either. Yeah, it's better than Double Up, but is that really saying much?

Now, Mase was never really the dopest rapper in the world, and on this album, things haven't changed much. To be honest, calling the album average is kind of pushing it. Since this is a Bad Boy record, some of the things on here are formulaic; above all else being obvious samples. The title track, for instance, is based on John Sebastian's theme song of the same name. And then there are times where Mase actually samples his OWN songs, like "The Love You Need", which contains elements of "What You Want".

The bad attempts at interpolating lyrics into tracks don't stop there, either. "My Harlem Lullaby" finds Mase singing the tune to Madonna's "La Isle Bonita", and "Keep It On" is based on Jermaine Stewart's "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off". Speaking of that, for some strange reason the liner notes state that the sample comes from "We Don't Have to Keep Our Clothes On" (read that aloud: does that even make sense?). It looks like producer Tyrice Jones didn't do his research. By the way, Mase's song takes the original song completely out of context, because Jermaine's version was an anti-sex song, while Mase's version is about keeping his music playing.

Another problem on this album is that Mase relies too hard on weak braggadocios to get his point across, like "In my former life I did more Cris than Aguilera" (from "Into What You Say").
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Mase is doing something in Rap right now, which is going cause alot of negative energy among hardcore Hip-Hop heads. He is coming back to Hip-Hop, same as before - minus all the sex, drugs, violence and cursing he previously threw at the listener effortlessly. One might then wonder: when stripped of all that defined him as a Bad Boy labelmate, how can he be the same Mason Betha that we all loved back in 1996? Simple: He still has that effortless lazy flow, he still knows how to ride a beat better than 90% of todays MC's and most importantly he still has that teenage charm (Even though he is now into his 20's). The album opens with the late Summer anthem "Welcome Back" in which a quick paced party beat is torn to shreds by Mase's hungry flow. As soon as this ends, "Breathe, Stretch, Shake" (which is the albums only real club track) destroys any skepticism that Mase can't hold it down for feel good music anymore. "My Harlem Lullaby" is by far the best track on the album. This song is dedicated to the fans and people in Mr. Betha's life that didn't abandon him when he abandoned Rap. His singing has improved, the melody is spectacular and the beat is one of the best to be released in a long time. "Gotta Survive" is a slightly hardcore song, lyrically focused, in which he delves into the hate that plagued him while he was gone, and still follows him now that he's returned. The final track, "Do You Remember" featuring Cardan is reminiscent of his 96 days where Mase softly sings along "Do you remember the way I used to be, back in 96 when I made you move your feet" - If you don't remember, you'll definitely be reminded. The only setbacks that keep this from being a five star album, is the abundance of love songs. Mind you, they are mostly good songs save for one of them (Number six on the albums track listing). But hey, Mase is a lover not a fighter. In a world of subpar Hip-Hop, Mase's "Welcome Back" is a must have and I recommend it to any pre-96 Hip-Hop veteran.
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