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Mason Durrell Betha, 27 August 1978, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. By the time rapper Ma$e launched his solo career, he was already an A-list celebrity among hip-hop fans by dint of appearances on gold and platinum singles by Puff Daddy (Cant Nobody Hold Me Down), Brian McKnight (You Should Hold Me), 112 (Only You) and Notorious B.I.G. (Mo Money Mo Problems). He had also performed live at the MTV Video Music Awards alongside Sting and Puff Daddy in consort with the latters extended musical family (the Bad Boy posse). Ma$es solo debut, Harlem World, eventually emerged in 1998 via a contract with Arista Records. The US number 1 album was produced by Deric Angelettie, Stevie J., Ron Lawrence and Carlos Thompson and others, collectively known as the Hitmen. Among the guests were Jermaine Dupri, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Lil Caesar, Black Rob and Puff Daddy. The highlights included Feel So...