Ma$E Is Honored With His Own Day In Harlem

Ma$E Is Honored With His Own Day In Harlem

Throughout his career, Ma$e has passionately represented Harlem, New York, and now his hometown is doing the same.

Tuesday’s proclamation ceremony outside of Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater gave the former Bad Boy hitmaker his own day in New York City (January 24).

Kevin C. Riley, a member of the New York City Council, presented the 47-year-old (actual name Mason Betha) with a framed proclamation designating January 24 as “Ma$e Day” in Harlem.

Ma$e’s “great achievements and enduring contributions” throughout his career as a multi-platinum musician, performer, songwriter, label executive, and pastor are recognized in the proclamation, which is issued in conjunction with Hip Hop’s 50th birthday this summer.

“I want to thank all of you for coming out here today, but most of all, I want to say this because this really matters in our community: a win only feels great when you win with family,” he said.

“Today, I have my whole family here – my wife of 22 years and a bunch of people in the crowd, a bunch of great artists…  “Thank you, and thank you Harlem for making me great.”

He added: “And most of all, my pastor is here.” This is the guy that prayed for me when I left Hip Hop, so y’all all wanna know who changed me? “This is the guy that changed me.”

Ma$e graced the mic and spoke briefly in front of a crowd of relatives, friends, associates, and fans while accompanied by his wife and two sons.

Just a few days after the ceremony, Ma$e will perform his greatest songs at the Apollo Theater with fellow New York legends Cam’ron and Jadakiss.

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