- 21 & over
HAUTE SAUCE: MA$E
In 1996, just two years out of high school, a young rapper from Harlem named Mase found his way down to a rap convention in Atlanta. Shortly after meeting and rapping for Sean "Diddy" Combs ("Puff Daddy" at the time) in a Hard Rock Hotel, he was signed to a $250,000 contract with Bad Boy Records. Just two weeks later, Mase debuted on the remix of 112's single, "Only You," and quickly became one of the most influential artists on possibly the most influential label of the 1990s. His rise was meteoric. He secured fame laying down verse after verse as a guest, commanding the spotlight on tracks like "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down," "It's All About the Benjamins," and the timeless Biggie party anthem "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems."
By the time his debut album was released, he was already a full fledged star. Harlem World appeared in late 1997 and went platinum four times over; its first single, "Feels So Good," went top-five on Billboard. Mase's flow was slow and relaxed, and his raps often unabashedly simple, but the quality was undeniable. How many people actually belonged going verse for verse with Biggie? Just before the release of his second album, he announced his retirement from rap, cementing one of the fastest, most dramatic swings most can remember in the history of popular music. The three-year long wild ride ended in 1999 when he traded in his mic and tour bus for the good book and the pulpit because he wanted to help people find a better path and believed that the life he'd been rapping about "wasn't real."
In 2004, Mase made a successful return to the world of music with "Welcome Back." Armed with a new perspective on life and a new approach to hip hop, Mase spent much of the 2000s sorting through reconciling wanting to feel good about his contribution to music and the world and a recording contract dispute with Bad Boy. This brings us until just a few years ago. He's recently been back in the studio and while we're hoping for an album as soon as possible, we're unbelievably excited to host the birthday party and a special performance by one of Harlem's finest, Mase.
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Also, Happy birthday Austin Santiago!
Q Nightclub presents Haute Sauce! Capitol Hill’s Saturday night party blends the heat of summer and the style of couture beach life with music we can all get behind.
- Ticket Price: $30.00 - $35.00
- Door Time: 10:00 PM
- Show Type: DJ
21 & over