Welcome Back Five years after abandoning the rap world to minister for God, Mase is back to his radio-ready shtick of mining recognizable melodies for his club… 2004-08-24 Mase Hip-Hop/Rap
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Welcome Back (2004)

Mase | 'BACK' TO THE BEGINNING After five years Mase turned his back on God to return to the rap world
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'BACK' TO THE BEGINNING After five years Mase turned his back on God to return to the rap world

Details Release Date: Aug 24, 2004; Lead Performance: Mase; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Five years after abandoning the rap world to minister for God, Mase is back to his radio-ready shtick of mining recognizable melodies for his club cuts. By playfully recasting such oldies as the ''Welcome Back, Kotter'' theme (the title track) and Madonna's ''La Isla Bonita'' (in ''My Harlem Lullaby''), he proves he's better suited for the party than the pulpit. But the newly redeemed MC hasn't given up preaching completely, and righteousness is most un-Welcome Back.

Originally posted Aug 20, 2004 Published in issue #779-780 Aug 20, 2004 Order article reprints