Mason Betha, a multi-platinum selling rapper known as Ma$e, reportedly left his position as pastor of his multisite congregation, El Elyon International Church, to focus on his rap career full time.
TMZ reports that Betha has decided to leave his ministry behind following the divorce with his wife, which he kept secret from his church. The Christian Post contacted Betha and his church based in Atlanta but no response was received by press time.
"On-again, off-again rapper/pastor Mase has officially left his parishioners of the El Elyon International Church high and dry ... and has run back to the rap game full time … He's dropped all ties with both churches and is playing regular rap gigs around L.A., jumping back into his former lifestyle hardcore," reports TMZ. more >>
Sway Calloway interviewed Lecrae this week as promotion for his upcoming album Anomaly and asked a few off color questions during the segment.
One of them inquired about if he ever cursed or used the n-word in his music. Lecrae responded honestly.
"I'm good, no need [to curse], it [would be] too controversial," said Lecrae. "Not in my music, [but] you never know what might come out my mouth. I'm not perfect." more >>
When this old man hears a song that he loves come on, he does something that really astonishes the crowd. Sometimes music can speak to us and get us moving, even if we are feeling down -- or in this man's case, disabled. Here is a perfect example of that.
Holding two crutches when he starts to move, then gets rid of them and he feels no pain. You won't believe how well this man can move on the dance floor! Mostly everyone else on the dance floor is young, but the way he moves you can't even tell the difference.more >>
Former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar CM Punk has recently stated that he does not plan to return to the nation's largest pro-wrestling company.
In an interview with CBS-19 at the AP Music Awards at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Punk was asked if he planned to returned to WWE, which he left suddenly over reported creative disagreements with the company.
Lecrae recently stopped by Shade 45's Sway in the Morning to promote his upcoming Anomaly album and during his interview the acclaimed host had some very encouraging words for the rapper.
"You're the evolution bro. You're part of the evolution of what hip-hip was meant to be," said Sway Calloway after Lecrae rapped on the show segment "5 Fingers of Death." "I don't mean to be blasphemous but [hip-hop] brought people together the same way Christianity has. What you're doing with your music and your actions is reassurance for me that [hip-hop] is doing something right."
Sway rose to fame as a hip-hop radio personality in the 1990s and has interviewed a slew legendary artists in the genre including Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. He supports Reach Records artists and has had both Lecrae and Andy Mineo on his show in the past. more >>
Country music star Reba McEntire has recruited people from around the world to create a music video to accompany her new song "Pray For Peace." This is the first song McEntire has released in four years.
McEntire detailed the song's creation on her Facebook page on Monday.
"I feel this song is a gift from God," McEntire's Facebook entry, which has received 164,000 likes since Monday, read. "I have never worked on a song as long as this one. It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artists singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe! It's an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love." more >>