Hear Ma$e's First Single in a Decade 'Why Can't We'

Bad Boy alum hopes to get Beyoncé, Diddy, 2 Chainz on 'Now We Even' LP

Mase 'Why Can't We' Stream Now We Even Album
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"Jay said it, Drake said it / Don't be mad now 'cause Ma$e say it / Come to find out I'm 'Ye favorite." Yes, friends, Mason Betha is back and rapping about himself in the third person in 2013. This is good news. Below, you can stream "Why Can't We," a gauzy R&B-laced track that finds the intermittently retired Bad Boy favorite laying down impossibly smooth rhymes that convert his playalistic past into the stuff of deep commitment. This is the good pastor's first official single in a decade and, amazingly, you can hear the "Ma$e be the..." line before he even drops it.

In October, Betha announced on Instagram that his next album will be called Now We Even. He also shared that he's hoping for cameos from the aforementioned dudes, plus Lauryn Hill, 2 Chainz, Seal (!), CeeLo Green, Diddy, Meek Mill, Beyoncé, Fabolous, Dipset, and Ariana Grande. Via Miss Info, you can read his entire hashtag-heavy announcement below. But first, "Why Can't We," featuring Her:

Ma$e on Instagram:

No abbreviations use #NOWWEEVEN that's the only conversation I'm having. y€$ #NOWWEEVEN is the album title... Lets make it happen!!! Right now I'm listening to all my early freestyles & songs... This got to be something special. A couple free shows & visits #NOWWEEVEN. I'm listening also to Life after Death, All Eyes On Me and Reasonable Doubt... Just so u know what I'm thinking. #NOWWEEVEN.

@iamdiddy should be on MY album unless he gets saved and leave music... LM_ _ O #NOWWEEVEN. TO ME @Mr_Camron IS HOMETEAM. SO "NO" we don't have any beefs. I can only comment on what is factually correct! #NOWWEEVEN. @iamdiddy I forgot I was the first SeanJohn super model... we should definitely be even!!! #NOWWEEVEN.

@jimjones DM me I'm getting on The Ghost of RP... #NOWWEEVEN. This is what my ideal album would look like: @MsLaurynHill @2Chainz (@S_C_ or @Drake) @Seal @CeeLoGreen @iamdiddy @meekmill (#1 @Beyonce or #2 destiny child) @ArianaGrande & dipset @myfabolouslife y€$ #NOWWEEVEN is the album title... Lets make it happen!!!

When its personal the money doesn't even matter. ONE THING I WONT DO AND THAT APOLOGIZE FOR GOING AFTER MY FULLEST POTENTIAL... #NOWWEEVEN

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