Who remembers the era of the shiny suits and the 80s hits that were sampled in hip-hop in the late 90s? After the death of legendary rappers Tupac Shakur in 1996 and The Notorious B.I.G. in 1997, hip-hip was mourning and hip-hop needed a change. On the west coast, Death Row records was collapsing due to the departure of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, and the death of Tupac, and on the east coast Nas was a bit MIA, Jay-Z was still finding his way up. Gangsta Rap was too much the hip-hop due to the violence and deaths. Diddy who just lost his best artist and his best friend, felt he lost everything, but we all know Diddy, he can't stop, and he won't stop. Another artist from his label Bad Boy Records called Ma$e was called to take action to be the next upcoming rapper. From his birth given name, Mason Durell Betha was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and raised in Harlem, New York. He started his rap career as Murda Mase with his childhood friend Cam'ron as Killa Cam. Together they formed the group Children of The Corn with other Harlem rappers like Big L, Herb McGruff, and Bloodshed. The group was managed by Damon Dash at the time but in 1996, Mase was introduced to The Notorious B.I.G.'s road manager who took Mase to Atlanta where he met Jermaine Dupri and Puff Daddy. After rapping for Diddy, Murda Mase was signed to Bad Boy Records and Diddy shortened Murda Mase to only Ma$e with a dollar sign for the S to be a better marketable rapper. Ma$e was later featured on 112's "Only You" remix featuring him and Biggie, he did two hit joints with Diddy called "Around The World" and "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money, Mo Problems" with Diddy. After being featured on many Bad Boy hit records and the tragic death of The Notorious B.I.G., it was time for Ma$e to release his first album called Harlem World which was dropped under Bad Boy Records and Arista on October 28th, 1997. The album features, Puff Daddy, DMX, The Lox, 112, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Total, Pharrell Williams, Lil' Kim, and many more. I always liked Ma$e when I was a kid, but I never had a chance to listen to his whole discography, except for his hits which is the reason I decided to pick Harlem World for this throwback review.