Mase, born Mason Durrell Betha, reportedly owes the IRS, who filed in Florida, $124,774.85 for three tax years: 2000, 2001, and 2004.
While Mase is yet to comment on his debt, Mase became Diddy‘s breakout new artist for Bad Boy, after the Notorious B.I.G. died in 1997. Debuting with 112‘s “Only You,” Mase gained solid traction as the next big rap artist as he continued to be featured in a slew of hits, including B.I.G.’s “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” and Diddy’s “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down.”
Harlem World, Mase’s debut album that was released in 1997, further solidified Mase’s dominance over the rap game. Opened at No. 1 on the Billboard Pop and R&B charts, it sold 3.3 million copies domestically, with hits such as “What You Want” and “Feel So Good.”
Mase followed World‘s success with Double Up, his sophomore release in 1999. A respectable offering, it debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard charts. Months after this release, though, Mase would announce his retirement so that he could answer “the call from God.”