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Welcome Back



Squeaky-clean but viable rap music.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Exemplary, actually.

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Mase makes a point of keeping it clean.

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CD includes an insert ad for Bad Boy clothing.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mase "retired" from the music world several years ago to join the ministry, and is now back with squeaky-clean but viable rap music -- proof that it can be done!

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What's the story?

Coming out of a \"retirement\" of several years, Mase is back with a new attitude. After a couple of hugely successful projects (\"Harlem World\" sold something like 4 million copies), the former Puff Daddy sidekick left the music business to pursue a career in the ministry, and his new album WELCOME BACK is self-consciously (and self-referentially) squeaky-clean in every possible way.

Is it any good?


Mase has a laconic vocal style that can get monotonous after a while, but he's articulate and his songs are easy to understand. He seems serious about his mission and his ministry, while continuing to write viable and interesting lyrics.

The title song, "Welcome Back," is an irresistible confection that uses the "Welcome Back Kotter" theme song as a counterpoint to the artist's self-congratulatory re-entry as a recording artist. Lovely background vocals and cleverly layered tracks help the song -- and its message -- shine. The rest of the album is less interesting, but well produced and sincere. Mase's message and ministry will make Welcome Back especially appealing to Christian families.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why so many other rappers think you need to use violence and sex to make good music.

Music details

Release date:August 24, 2004
Label:Bad Boy Entertainment
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old April 19, 2011

Finally a rapper without a pottymouth!

I love the title track! Great for the youngsters!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old July 18, 2010

Good album for anyone :)

Mason (Mase) is a talented singer/rapper. Its good to know theres a positive rapper out there. This album doesn't swear to. Suitable for youngers (7-10) . Although kids/tennagers that are older might like it to. I know i like it and im 12. So its for anyone really :)
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Kid, 10 years old April 2, 2011

not bad,but not good either

really i just don't like it


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