The beef between Mase and Cam’ron seems to have come to a head, after the two went toe-to-toe, dropping individual diss tracks less than 24 hours apart. Trouble between the two Harlem rappers first started out in the early ’90s, while they were working together as members of the hip-hop group, Children of the Corn, founded by the late-Big L.
Before [Murda] Mase signed with Sean “Diddy” Combs and Bad Boy Records, and before [Killa] Cam went on to create The Diplomats with co-founder Jim Jones, they were part of a group of neighborhood friends who were trying to get a record deal by peddling mixtapes out the back of their trunk. Unfortunately, the Children of the Corn did not stay together for very long. In 1997, Derek “Bloodshed” Armstead was killed in a car accident and two years later, in 1999, Big L was shot and killed by an unknown assailant.
After releasing two chart-topping albums, Mase retired from rap in 1999 to become a pastor in Atlanta, Ga. He briefly returned in 2004 with his third studio album, Welcome Back, a product of his newfound Christian persona. Rumors that a bounty was put out for him, had some speculating that Mase went to join the priesthood out of fear, as insinuated in Cam’s 2002 track “Welcome to New York” featuring Jay-Z.
“You get jammed with them jammers, blammed with them blammers. Hot here. Ask Mase, he ran to Atlanta.”
The beef between the two seemed to subside for a brief moment in 2009, when Cam’ron agreed to make an appearance on the single, “Get It” by producer Big Ran. Since then, Mase has only released two other singles from his long-awaited studio album, Now We Even, which he first announced in 2013, shortly after announcing his departure from Bad Boy Records.
Earlier this month, Cam’ron released his first mixtape in four years, The Program, featuring the intro track “It’s Killa,” which details his relationship with Mase, how he would help him out of a jam, and how after Bloodshed and Big L died, he split from the crew.
Mase, of course, did not take this song lightly… returning with his own diss track, “The Oracle,” which jumps on Cam for making threats. “I let too much pass and I was gonna continue to let it pass but when somebody don’t stop—I had to just spank him one time,” Mase says in the SoundCloud description. “It was really the point when Cam’ron said he had to kill me. I let a lot of things slide, but when you start getting to the body harm aspect of it, I can’t let that slide. That’s really all it’s about.” The track is vicious… from bars about Dame Dash, 50 Cent, and Juelz Santana to the outrageous claims that he slept with Cam’s sister, it is really a song that defines how some beef just doesn’t die.
Less than 24-hours after the song went up, Cam fired right back with a track called “Dinner Time,” produced by The Heatmakerz. The track, less subtle in its approach, but equally as vengeful knocks Mase for his record deals and sexual tendencies.
It seemed that the nearly two-decade-long beef may have finally subsided when Cam’ron posted a photo of Mase’s tweet on his Instagram. In the photo, @rsvpmase says “you’re still my brother if you would like to be… this was just for bragging rights” #mase #theoracle.” In response, we see @mr_camron say “yea. this was fun… u still my bro too. Glad I get to brag lol. So when you leaving Harlem again? 2mr?”
After getting a regram from Funkmaster Flex, @rsvpmase commented “We’re not cool. I shook his hand cause I won. That’s it. As a man that’s what you do after you win unanimously.”
For now, Murda Mase clearly feels like he won the battle. But has he won the war? Can Killa Cam look past the blatant arrogance and forgive the pastor? We will just have to wait and see.
LISTEN: “THE ORACLE” AND “DINNER TIME”