View Full Version : Mase skipped welcome back concert, but Ja Rule was a special guest...

09-27-2004, 04:45 PM

09-27-2004, 05:16 PM
On Saturday night, fans flocked to Long Island, New York, ready to embrace Mase at the Welcome Back concert that was supposed to celebrate his return. For weeks, ads on radio and TV bragged of a bill that would include Fat Joe and the Terror Squad, Elephant Man, Mobb Deep and Lil' Flip, with Mase as the headliner.

But those who came out to see Mase found out that the star of the show was not there. Signs in front of the Nassau Coliseum alerted fans that the blinging showstopper would not be performing and they had the option to get their money back.

"Bottom line, we got a signed contract from him for the show," promoter Naquan Busby said Monday (September 27). "Mase was the only act on the whole bill that was paid 100 percent of his money upfront. He got it, every dime. Homeboy was paid. He disappointed his fans. He disappointed everybody."

Busby said that in addition to wiring Mase's $45,000 performance fee to an account, he also sent the MC plane tickets to travel from Atlanta to New York. Mase never got on the plane. The promoter said he got word from Mase's camp on Friday that the rapper wouldn't appear and would be spending time with his wife and newborn son instead.

Mase was unavailable for comment Monday, and his managers were still preparing an official statement at press time. Representatives at Bad Boy Records had little to say about the matter, issuing a statement to MTV that said, "We don't coordinate our artists' paid appearances. They go through management."

As for the show itself, most of the complaints from those who attended had to do with poor organization, not the roster. There were long lapses between performances, and the crowd had to wait several hours from the 7 p.m. start of the show until the bigger acts like Mobb Deep, Elephant Man and the Diplomats who served as last-minute replacements for Mase got on the mic.

There was a special surprise that was well received, however. Ja Rule came out as a guest of Fat Joe's Terror Squad and the two performed their underground humdinger "New York." The show lasted until 1:30 a.m.

The backlash from the Welcome Back concert is not over, according to its promoter. Busby said he was able to recover only $26,000 of his money and will be suing Mase for the rest.

yep he should sue mase - they paid and him and didn't perform.

Ja rule and Fat Joe must jave been disapointed.

Good to see new york being performed - but no jada?

i think mase only came back for the money - I reckon after 5 years he started to run out of money and then decided to come back to the game - that's why i don't like mase

good to see ja and joe there - peace

09-27-2004, 06:08 PM
got a good reception thats what we want to hear.

09-27-2004, 07:19 PM
nice to hear... nice to see ja nd ts performing together