Brace yourself, hip-hop fans, because on Wednesday "RapFix Live" is bringing Harlem World to your world when Ma$e makes his very first appearance alongside show host Sway Calloway at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com.
It's been nearly a decade since M-A-dollar sign has granted an in-depth sit-down. It's all a part of "The Big & Best of 2012: A Year End Celebration Presented by T-Mobile," an unprecedented, cross-network, eight-hour digital live-stream event that will highlight the music, personalities and pop culture moments that defined the past year.
As an underground MC in New York City's Harlem neighborhood, Ma$e cut his teeth rhyming alongside the likes of Cam'ron and Big L, but made it to the big time in 1996 when he signed to Bad Boy Records and appeared with the Notorious B.I.G. on R&B quartet 112's "Only You" remix. The next year he landed a #1 single alongside Diddy on Puff's single "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" and continued to appear alongside the music mogul on singles like "Been Around the World" and Biggie's "Mo Money Mo Problems."
By the time Ma$e dropped his multi-platinum debut, Harlem World, in October 1997, he was the biggest rookie in rap music, but he left it all behind in 1999 right after he released his sophomore follow-up, Double Up. The rapper with the million-dollar smile traded the recording booth for a pulpit, moving to Atlanta and dedicating his life to God. It was an unprecedented move, but fans have never forgotten his legacy. Ma$e made a return with 2004's Welcome Back and would later align himself with 50 Cent's G-Unit label, but he didn't stay for long.
This past summer Ma$e reemerged in rap with a spirited verse on Wale's "Slight Work" remix and then on G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer track "Higher" with Pusha T and The-Dream. Could a full-time return to hip-hop be on the horizon for the Harlem favorite? Tune in to "RapFix Live" on Wednesday to find out.
Throughout the day fans can catch multiple performances from the likes of Bruno Mars and Miguel as well as an exclusive interview with Taylor Swift. A$AP Rocky will also join in the festivities, appearing on "RapFix Live" and delivering a special live performance as well.
"It's been an amazing year largely due to the support of MTV," A$AP Rocky said. "Seems only fitting to end the year throwing down in their backyard."
The special live stream will begin on 12/12/12 at 12 p.m. ET and play out across our digital properties including MTV.com, VH1.com, CMT.com and ComedyCentral.com. It will include eight hours of original programming and highlights spanning the year on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, CMT and MTV2.
Catch Ma$e and A$AP Rocky on "RapFix Live" tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com as part of our eight-hour live stream, "The Big & Best of 2012." And be sure to join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive. Submit your questions for the artists to @MTVRapFix!