Ma$e Considers Kanye West Deal After Bad Boy Release

By Nadeska Alexis with reporting by Sway Calloway

For Ma$e, the Bad Boy era has finally come to an end. Though the Harlem rapper hasn’t released music via the label in years, it was only a few days ago that Diddy officially released him from his contract, as he revealed on Wednesday’s episode of “RapFix Live.”

“I’ve been in that contract for 16 years,” he told Sway, adding that Diddy finally cut him loose. “The other day he let me out of it, so big shout-outs to Diddy, I guess he woke up feeling good and he wanted to do something good.”

Now that Ma$e is free he’s not looking to sign a new deal immediately. “At this point, I don’t really want to be under nobody from the aspect of being tied in a long, long contract,” he said. “It’s kinda like breaking up; you don’t want to jump into a new relationship.”

Still, he does have one potential home in mind: G.O.O.D. Music. Back in 1999 Ma$e gave Kanye West a shot, letting him produce music for Harlem World’s group album The Movement and this year the Harlem rapper appeared on Ye’s Cruel Summer compilation, rapping on “Higher.”

“One of his first beats was on the Harlem World album and I believe it was genuine on my part, so if he turned around and helped me, it would just be like karma,” Ma$e said, adding that he loves Kanye’s work and counts G.O.O.D. signee Big Sean as one of his favorite rappers.

“I’ma have to go somewhere. I would entertain that,” he said of potentially signing to  G.O.O.D. “I love Kanye, I love what he does musically, I love his ability to push the envelope. I like to be around people that’s not afraid to be different.”