Ma$e Disses Cam’ron For 4 Straight Minutes & He Gets Absolutely Savage (Audio)
Twenty years ago, Ma$e and Cam’ron were band-mates in Children Of The Corn. Both artists are from neighboring blocks in Harlem, and also played basketball together in their youth. As New York’s Rap community found new stars by the late 1990s, each MC signed major solo deals. In fall of 1997, Ma$e broke through with quadruple platinum #1 debut Harlem World for Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records. Less than a year later, Cam’ron stepped forth with Confessions Of Fire. The LP dropped through Undeas/Epic, tied to Lance “Un” Rivera, another close Notorious B.I.G. affiliate.
While Ma$e helped set Cam’ up on his first single “Horse & Carriage,” the two men have had an odd relationship seemingly ever since. There have been disses as far back as Cam’ron’s 2002 “Welcome To New York City,” and reunion efforts such as 2009’s “Get It.” It’s never quite clear where these two childhood friends and now Rap stars stand. However, on November 24, 2017, “Murda” Ma$e has made it known that he has no use for “Killa Cam.” The just-released song “The Oracle” drops, and this is far from pastor-speak. Ma$e goes all the way in.
In the four-minute diss, Ma$e accuses Cam’ of incest, hard times financially, and cooperating as a snitch. He airs out Cam’ for setting him up, giving Santana a bad deal, and says the 2005 shooting in Washington, D.C. was gang-motivated. More than just Cam’, Ma$e takes a shot at the newly-reformed clique of Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey, and their litany of affiliates: “I’m the pretty ni**a, wrist litty, sun-wear / ‘Diplomat’ only meaning that you ain’t from here / You had a run here but y’all ni**as is done here / All these pretty women and y’all ni**as bringing guns here / You way past the gun line / Every time you talk of me you sound like one-time.” The former member of Bad Boy and G-Unit charges on, “I know you need money I get it / I know your digital sales, I know about your digits / I know Sony Red don’t want to see your sh*t distribute / I know it’s crickets so f*ck it, use my name so they can click it / I made you, I raised you, why would I play you? / When you dealing with this power ni**a, Flex can’t save you.”
At its close, the song shouts out two late rappers: Big L and Harlem World member H.U.D. (fka Huddy Combs) whose 2010 fatal car accident and funeral sparked problems between Cam’ and Ma$e.
Ma$e asserts himself as the king of Harlem at a time where it’s been more than 13 years since he’s released an album. In recent years, the rapper-turned-pastor made appearances alongside Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, and on Kanye’s Cruel Summer compilation.
On Cam’s newly-released The Program mixtape, the Dipset rapper brought up Ma$e on track “It’s Killa.” He raps of a 1997 incident, “’97 huh, drugs I moved a big amount / Chick in my crib I ribs them up to dig it out / Then Ma$e called, said ‘Yo, I’m stuck inside some b*tch’s house’ / Her boyfriend at the door, could I hurry up and get him out / Aight, what’s the address? Homie said ‘Kingsbridge’ / That was great I had some ni**as right on Bainbridge / Yeah, we play but believe it ain’t no game, kid / Hopped off the elevator, aimed it at that lame lid / I ain’t give a damn, yeah Cam, I was gung-ho / Got this ni**a home and he passed me a hundo ($100 dollars?!) / Told him straight-up I ain’t feeling him / Let me curve this ni**a ‘fore I end up killing him / I would make 80K on a lazy day / Then I watched him play Pop Lotti against Baby Maine / At this time I’m moving heroin in Maryland / They both died and this ni**a turned reverend.”
Earlier this year, during a controversial Instagram Live chat, Cam’ron accused Ma$e of leaving New York for Atlanta in Y2K as an effort to get away from the streets. “[I] can’t even get mad at Ma$e. You know why? Let me tell you something. I used to be mad at Ma$e because I was younger than Ma$e. But I know ni**as 28, 29, 30 that can’t handle having $10 million. That ni**a Ma$e was 22 years old with $10 million, my ni**a. He went triple-platinum when he was 21 years old, my ni**a, that’s a lot to handle.”
He added, “Ma$e wasn’t coming outside — that sh*t just got a little aggressive. You go triple platinum, sh*t gonna get aggressive. Ni**a said, ‘F*ck it man, you know what? It’s a lot of violence going on around me. I’m gonna take these chips I got, and I’m going to church.’ And I used to be mad at him about it, but hey, I see where he’s coming from. I wouldn’t go that far where he went, but I see the play.” Between 1999’s Double Up and 2004’s aptly-titled Welcome Back, Ma$e formally retired while on Funkmaster Flex’s April 20, 1999 HOT 97 show.
He soon relocated to Georgia, and enrolled as a freshman at Clark University. He would also pastor for El Elyon International Church. Over time, the church expanded to campuses in Atlanta as well as Phoenix, Arizona. In 2014, he reportedly cut ties with the church following his divorce.
While Ma$e comes out of his latest hiatus for this diss, it’s been a busy season for Cam’ron. He released a new olive-branch song (“Once Upon A Time”) with Jim Jones (billed as The Diplomats), and reunited onstage with Dipset in NYC earlier this week.