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Rapper Ma$e performs to empty venue at London comeback gig

HEYDAY: Rapper Ma$e, right, with former label boss, P Diddy

FORMER CHART-topping rapper Ma$e was dealt a humbling blow when his comeback concert in London attracted a crowd of just 150 people.

The American artist turned pastor, who enjoyed the height of his success in the Nineties when signed to P Diddy’s Bad Boy label, had been expected to sell out southeast London’s IndigO2 venue, which has a capacity of 2,350.

He had originally been billed to appear alongside fellow New Yorkers Fat Joe and Foxy Brown, but Joe was denied access into the UK, and mixed reports claim that Brown was allegedly kicked off the bill by Ma$e himself. Other reports claim she was the one who cancelled.

But despite the sparse crowd, the rapper embodied the mantra ‘the show must go on’ and performed hits from his winning back catalogue, a move that was commended by fan @MarvAbbey.

He wrote on Twitter: “Foxy Cancelled and Fat Joe was refused entry to the UK... there was about 150 people in Indigo and Ma$e still performed. I rate that.”


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The ill-fated gig, was originally scheduled for September 29, but was pushed back to November 3 due to visa complications.

Attendees who paid £75 for their tickets took to social media to share images of an empty concert hall and voice their disappointment.

UK artist J Spades commented: “Mase & Fat Joe concert had bad promotion to start with! They should have had UK opening acts c’mon now!”


HUMBLING EXPERIENCE: The sparse crowd

Ousted Foxy Brown added to the furore by uploading an image of Mase on stage. The caption read: “GOD don’t like ugly Pastor Mase!”

Ma$e, real name Mason Durell Betha, first found fame in 1993 as Bad Boy's premier artist under P Diddy. Some career highlights include his first solo album Harlem World debuting at number one in the US Billboard charts and selling 270,000 copies in its first week.

The New York rapper's career took a drastic turn when in a 1999 radio interview he announced his retirement from rap music to pursue “a calling from God”.

He has since gone on to lead an international ministry while still making occasional musical guest appearances.

The events promoters were contacted by The Voice, but declined to give a comment.

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