Of all the jabs Cam’ron and Ma$e have lyrically punched at each other in their abrupt public rap spat, the Bad Boys Records OG and his clerical controversy is a clear shot, especially after how much money his pastoral role earned him was brought into question.
But for Cam and anyone else wondering whether or not he’s making a killing off the church, he’s now clarifying why grabbing coins from his spiritual leadership position is just as rational as any other occupation.
Murda Ma$e dropped by with Angie Martinez to discuss the beef and the constant picking at his pastor role. Not only is Cam a little outdated with digging up his history as a man of the church, according to Ma$e, but it’s also not even worth the discussion considering that everyone gets paid for what they do best.
“You make money at anything you’re good at,” he responded with Angie. “If you’re a good doctor, you make money.”
He paralleled his dual roles in hip-hop and church to another industry jack-of-all-trades, 50 Cent. By Ma$e’s logic, the world knows all about the Get Rich Or Die Tryin rap star’s former life as a drug dealer, who is now an elite industry businessman and shareholder in the VitaminWater brand. Adding Jay-Z to that category for his history as a street hustler, Ma$e continues explaining that artists’ ties to hip-hop should not discredit them in other fields — philanthropic or otherwise.
“Don’t make it now a curse because I did it,” he concludes.
He adds that like his fellow industry mates, he, too, decided he would offer a helping hand in the community at the height of his career, and that choice shouldn’t be demonized due to his rap affiliation.
Listen to Ma$e’s full conversation with Angie and his position on the intersection of hip-hop and philanthropy below.
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