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Mase (or Ma$e; born August 27, 1978) was an American rapper, best known as sidekick to Puff Daddy for a brief period before beginning an solo career. Though his first album, Harlem World, appealed strongly to a mostly new demographic for rap, younger children and pre-adolescents due to its simple rhymes and beats, Mase retired in order to become a preacher just before his second album was due for release. Though critics despised his blatant pop leanings, Harlem World was a huge hit. His second album, Double Up was released despite Mase's stated misgivings considering his newfound religious convictions as he became a born-again Christian. He has since published Revelations: There's a Light After the Lime.