Welcome Back

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Squeaky-clean but viable rap music.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Exemplary, actually.


Mase makes a point of keeping it clean.


CD includes an insert ad for Bad Boy clothing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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!

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHamelbum April 9, 2008


Great rap for kids of all ages.
Adult Written bylinkinjayz April 9, 2008

Mase=Great 4 All Ages

One of the best rap albums period.
Written byAnonymous April 19, 2011

Finally a rapper without a pottymouth!

I love the title track! Great for the youngsters!
Kid, 10 years old April 2, 2011

not bad,but not good either

really i just don't like it

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

Music details

  • Artist: Mase
  • Release date: August 24, 2004
  • Label: Bad Boy Entertainment
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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