Today in Hip Hop History: October 28, 1997
Hip Hop artist Mase released his debut album, Harlem World, through Bad Boy Entertainment in 1997. At the time Mase was seen as Puff Daddy‘s prodigy after the unfortunate passing of Notorious B.I.G. in 1997. The debut album contained production from The Hitmen, Jermaine Dupri, The Neptunes and others. It featured outside vocals from DMX, Lil’ Kim, 8Ball & MJG, Busta Rhymes, Black Rob and many more.
Harlem World saw the release of four different singles; “Feel So Good,” “24 Hrs. To Live,” “Lookin’ at Me,” and the classic “What You Want.”
Harlem World peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and U.S. Top Rap Albums Chart in addition to moving over 270,000 total copies within its first week. It has sold over 4 million copies to this day, making the album RIAA Quadruple Platinum Certified.
Mase represents an interesting figure in hip hop. After taking over Bad Boy Records with his high volumes sales and classic debut album, he retired from the rap game in an effort to pursue God. The rapper then returned years later and retired again. Following his second comeback he has since featured on several R&B songs and released a few albums to moderate success.