Mase famously left hip hop back in 1999 to become a pastor, and now, he’s returning to the pulpit at a church in Atlanta.
The Harlem rapper’s latest endeavor was announced in a video posted by Atlanta’s Gathering Oasis church.
“I really see this generation being turned back to God’s hands,” Mase said during a conversation midway through the video.
“I think there’s been a major challenge with the city, like being able to direct people back to God and I really welcome the challenge.”
“It’s just amazing how the whole thing came to pass,” Mase said of his new role. “It’s just amazing to see how God just has a plan and we’re all in his plan.”
Mase, who was born Mason Durell Betha, hit it big with hit songs from 1997, like "Been Around the World,” 1997’s "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down” and the number one hit "Mo Money Mo Problems,” which also included The Notorious B.I.G. and Diddy.
His final album was 2004’s Welcome Back.
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