A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.