After five years of leading his own ministry and rap retirement, Mase is back with the same skills and the same lazy yet on-point delivery, but lyrically it's a whole new ballgame. Yes, he raps about Jesus, but no more than some thugs do. No, he doesn't want your drugs, booze, or loose women, but living the good life rarely sounds this fun, this hip. Don't think Mase is going to be joining the Partridge Family anytime soon; he's not naïve enough and his portrayal of day-to-day life on Welcome Back is real. Rather than going the "it says in the Good Book" route, Mase focuses on the consequences of a thug lifestyle throughout the album, without a cuss but with plenty of street smarts. The title track is the bouncy, sticks-in-your-head reminder of everything great about Mase. Like his past hits it's lyric-filled, driven but effortless, and has a crafty interpolation of a pop tune, this time the Welcome Back Kotter theme. Producers Rick Rock and the Movement take the Bad Boy Records way of borrowing from the pop world and pump new life into the tired technique more than once. "My Harlem Lullaby" uses Madonna's "La Isle Bonita" as a springboard, while "Keep It On" does some brilliant digging and uses Jermaine Stewart's cautionary chestnut "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" for its beat (the liner notes claim the sample is from "We Don't Have to Keep Our Clothes On" for some bizarre reason). Unfortunate, but Welcome Back runs out of steam toward the end, and spreading out some of the "don't sleep on this" material from the beginning would've worked wonders. It makes this the least necessary Mase album, but half the tracks point to a future that is brighter than ever.
Performance CreditsMase Primary Artist,Rap
Sean "Puffy" Combs Rap
Rick Rock Various,Track Performer
Erica Dymakkus Background Vocals
Technical CreditsJohn Sebastian Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Movement Audio Production
C.P. Love Executive Producer
Sidney Barnes Composer
Bruce Gaitsch Composer
Patrick Leonard Composer
Michael Masser Composer
Gregg Perry Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Executive Producer
Rick Rock Producer,Audio Production
Bob Brass Instrumentation
Harve Pierre Executive Producer
Mason Betha Composer
T. Jones Composer
C.Carroll Cole Composer
Tyrice Jones Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Chad Hamilton Composer,Producer
Tanapan "Bang" Puangpakdee Art Direction
Brass N Blues Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Man your cd is not that good.I got tired of it in 2 days. You should stick to the good stuff with your old school flow.
Mase. Man, u don't even know how long i've been waiting for his return. When he started to preach in his church I came 1 service and the sermon was all about his life in the rap game. It reached out to me and taught me that you can still be a great rapper without talking about guns, girls, and that is how i started making hip-hop instrumentals and rapping. Welcome Back was the greatest CD to come out this year. Mase is my inspiration, it's my dream to make a song with him. I'm glad he's back and i hope he's here to stay.
Mase is a good example for kids. People say that just because he's keeping his music clean that it is bad. Good music is Good music. Period. If you need alot of cussing to enjoy your music you need this album the most. His clean lyrics and Mase's unique style make this album great. Let me be the first to say Mase, WELCOME BACK.
Sup Mase The Cd was creative on your part. The topics he picked were well thought of, and planned out. Mase did a great job without foul lyrics. But if your a person that loves hardcore rap this isnt the Cd your looking for, it's something for you to just chill and listen too. This Cd also has a few Club bangers. So in other words good job and keep up the good work. 1
I've listened to this entire CD on another site, and it's awesome!! The songs are clever, catchy, and all with no foul language! Thanks Mase for such a great album, and for filling a void in the music world!! You can bet I'll be picking this one up on Tuesday.
I love this album sooooo much. My favorite track is number 7. Gotta Survive. I love almost every song on this album. Out of 12 tracks I like 9. That is great for him coming back after 5 years. I actually like this album better than any other Mase album. I'm happy he's back and the image he's come back with. The music game needed this album. Maybe it will change the music world and make artist step up their game.You dont need foul language to make a good album. Mase has definately shown that. GO BUY THIS ALBUM. WELCOME BACK MASE WE MISSED YOU.
If you are a true Mase fan as I am, you will be very disappointed with this album. It has a couple of good songs, and a couple is two to be exact. The beats are bad - the raps are eh, and not because he kept it clean. I don't like all the cursing anyway...buy if you want...but trust me.
Mase is back! This album isn't a classic but it is great music. My favorite tracks are the first two singles, "Gotta Survive", "Harlem Lullaby", "Do You Remember", and "Money Comes and Goes". Mase brings some great, fun music so all you haters shut ya mouths.