Pastor Mason Betha Returns to Rap Music and Regrets the Transition of Becoming a Pastor: Does Religious Influence from Other Pastors Taint A Person’s Good Will to do for God?
“..Getting money like I’m jewish/…got a cult following of bad broads like i’m Buddhist,” Betha rapped. ” ..Think your (crew is staying foolish) if your crew don’t have a Judas/ Get you wetter than a venue… howling like a Hindu.”
Betha asked Hip-Hop radio DJ Funkmaster Flex for help with a comeback in a radio interview last month where he spoke about his initial choice to leave the rap industry alone to honor God as a preacher.
“I thought I could do more than rap and I just so happen to be right. I see different artists making clothing lines and people respected it,” Betha said in the interview last month. “Rap has always been about using your talents for doing more. I’m just the one that got criticized for doing more than was unexpected. I think I overachieved.”
He says he regrets leaving hip hop to become a pastor but in his next statement, he’d rather choose God. Which one is it Mase? You can’t have it both ways!
“I’m taking all the limitations off, they’re gonna have to pray for me,” Betha told the Hot 97 radio personality.”If I had to pick the two I’d still pick God over music any day.”
Wow! Mase is really, really confused. We think he was not making the money he wanted in preaching and has found himself over the years dipping and dabbling in rap music. We also have a feeling he probably misses the rap game. The disturbing part is what he stated about still choosing God over the music. It’s a shame that after all of these years of ‘preaching’ he couldn’t see HIM as the priority in the first place. We know that Bishop Eddie Long and his scandalous antics, encouraged Mase to continue to rap while preaching. Now that is a tragedy.
Another tragedy is Mase grew up in the late Apostle Johnnie Washington’s church, Tabernacle of Prayer for All People in NY. Johnnie Washington preached the full gospel. So frankly, Mase knew better than this.
It kind of makes us think about how years ago, funk singer James Brown asked the Pope at the time if he should be singing gospel instead of secular. In James Brown’s memoir I Feel Good, he stated:
“I took a trip to Rome during one of my down periods a few years ago, and had the good fortune to be greeted by the pope,” says James Brown. “The pontiff shook my hand three times, and I told him I had been thinking about leaving the music business, and to my surprise, he advised against it. I asked him why.” Source
The Pope replied stating that he could reach more people if he keeps doing what he’s doing. Just as Bishop Eddie Long misinformed Mase, even the Pope did the same to James Brown. We think people need to seek God first instead of these religious figures who may not have their best interest. This can be difficult because some are revered so highly but when you are not led by God first, we all can fall prey to this kind of injustice in the church.