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Profiling Mason Derelle Beth, American Pastor, Author, and Former Rapper

Mason Derelle Beth
Mason Derelle Beth

 

Mason Derelle Betha is an American preacher, author, and former rapper who was born as a fraternal twin with sister Stason on August 27, 1975. Ma$e Betha, better known by his stage name, was born nearly two months preterm to Mason and P.K. Betha in Jacksonville, Florida. Sabrina, Michael (“Mike”), Anthony (“Ant”), Yolanda, and Stason (“Baby Sta$e”) were his two brothers and three sisters. Betha’s mother moved the family to Harlem, New York, when he was five years old, to escape domestic abuse.

Betha played basketball at Manhattan Center High School during his first of two senior years, helping his team reach the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) finals before losing to Brandeis High School. Betha had to retake his senior year after missing too many days of school during basketball season. He subsequently attended State University of New York at Purchase on a basketball scholarship before dropping out at the conclusion of his second year to pursue a full-time music career.

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Betha and her buddy Cameron Giles formed the rap group Children of the Corn (which is short for Corner). Sean “Diddy” Combs discovered the young rapper, signed him to “Bad Boy Records,” and asked him to do the rap introduction on the single “Only You,” which led to collaborations on Combs’ “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” and “It’s All About the Benjamins,” as well as Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money, Mo Problems” and Mariah Carey’s “Honey.”

Mason, now known as Ma$e, released his debut album, Harlem World, in 1998, which resulted in three Top 10 singles: “Feel So Good,” “What You Want,” and “Lookin’ at Me.” In the United States, Harlem World sold 4.8 million copies. He was then requested to record “Take Me There,” the theme song for Nickelodeon’s Rugrats television show, in 1999. On March 9, 1999, the single “Ma$e presents Harlem World – The Movement” was released by Betha’s All Out Records label.

Then, on April 4, 1999, Betha abruptly and unexpectedly announced his departure from the music profession to focus his life on God on New York’s Hot 97 radio station. After leaving the hip-hop scene and walking away from a million-dollar contract with Diddy’s Bad Boy record company, Betha released his second album, Double Up.

Betha began studies at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, in August 1999, studying business and mathematics. He established a non-denominational movement called S.A.N.E. (Saving a Nation Endangered) Ministries and held services on the Clark Atlanta University campus. Betha married Twyla McInnis in August 2001.

Then, on April 4, 1999, on New York’s Hot 97 radio station, Betha abruptly and unexpectedly announced his exit from the music industry to spend his life on God. Betha released his second album, Double Up, after leaving the hip-hop scene and rejecting a million-dollar contract with Diddy’s Bad Boy record label.

Betha began her studies in business and mathematics at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, in August 1999. He founded the non-denominational S.A.N.E. (Saving a Nation Endangered) Ministries and performed services on the Clark Atlanta University campus. In August 2001, Betha married Twyla McInnis.

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