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— by Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Chris Steible

Pastor Mason Betha's well-being has just been threatened and he's holding a heavy conversation with a higher power. He's pleading with the Lord for forgiveness and guidance, and he needs it immediately.

But the man the streets first came to know as Murder Mase, and whom the masses later embraced as Bad Boy Records' "M-A-dollar sign-E," isn't in church, and he isn't praying for himself.

His interview on New York radio station Hot 97's Morning Show has been interrupted by calls from guys he used to consider friends and even brought on tour with him: childhood chum Cam'ron and Cam's fellow Diplomat Jimmy Jones. The two are not agreeing with Mase's recounting of the past — specifically, what led to Mase and Cam's late-'90s falling out — and have called up to the station to give their side of the story.

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Mase detailed the sour feelings that occurred when he asked for a $50,000 appearance fee to do a cameo in Cam's 1998 debut video, "Horse & Carriage." Betha chalked it up to a business move; Cam felt betrayed. Jones is the first to call and is definitely the more antagonistic of the two Dip Setters.

"Don't play with me, brother! Ain't nothing changed!" Jim yells into the phone — and onto the airwaves — like a schoolyard bully. "I hope [you] got some of them boys with badges, 'cause I will do it to you, duke. You dig? I don't like you. You shouldn't have come in here and opened your mouth about Cam. You should have kept doing your music and preaching."

"I forgive you, sir," Mase responds with a casual air of surprise in his voice. "Wow, you changed, sir. Father, forgive Jimmy."

When Cam phones in, there are no threats of violence, but he too calls Mase — a man he played basketball with in high school, a man he and the late Big L were once in the same rap group with — a liar and a hypocrite, and paints the picture of Mase being disloyal and abandoning his friends. Killa's most scathing indictment of his former friend has come via the record "Father Forgive Us," which first showed up on Jones' Ambitionz of a Gangsta mixtape. On it, Cam raps, "This [is] my call about a false prophet, all profit/ ... What you offering? Put it right in offering/ Then take it all: Cash, credit, silver, down to porcelain."

"Me and Cam never sleep at all," Jones says later, recalling what prompted his hot-tempered call. "Cam called me like, 'Turn the radio on. This n---a is talking foolish, real greasy.' I'm just listening, like, 'Man, I can't have this go down in my city.' I do wish I could have handled it a little bit different. That puts a stain on my thuggin' for coming at the young preacher like that. But he was talking reckless."

Years ago, Murder Mase probably would have called up DJ Kay Slay or DJ Clue and served up a freestyle dis record to combat his foes that same night. The Ma$e who donned shiny suits with Puff Daddy might've been more confrontational during the interview, egging Cam and Jimmy on by comparing record sales and mass appeal. But the peaceful pastor of today did none of that: He turned the other cheek, only addressing the situation when asked about it in interviews. Even then, his words have no malice.


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