Double Up

Double Up

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by Mase
     
 

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Following his smash HARLEM WORLD, Mase takes his stardom to a conceptual stage with two discs. It's an aptly named double-dose of his nonchalant mic style. The less polished edges on "Make Me Cry" and "You Ain't Smart" highlight a sparser, harder-hitting mode of production that is Puffy-light and Mase raw. The infectuous "If You Want Party"

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Following his smash HARLEM WORLD, Mase takes his stardom to a conceptual stage with two discs. It's an aptly named double-dose of his nonchalant mic style. The less polished edges on "Make Me Cry" and "You Ain't Smart" highlight a sparser, harder-hitting mode of production that is Puffy-light and Mase raw. The infectuous "If You Want Party" helps the dimpled player maintain his smooth operator image while "Mad Rapper" gets to the core of what the records all about -- street legit skills. Underground hip hop fans may have long regarded him with skeptical eyes and ears. And on "Stay Out of My Way" Mase addresses his detractors with even more confidence and jazz infused cool than he had on HARLEM WORLD. Most interesting are his observations on celebrity and street notoriety, on interludes like "Awards Show," "PD Press Conference," and "Jail Visit." He may be a long way from his cameo on The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems," -- and he did blow up in a ball of glitter -- but DOUBLE UP comes on strong.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shortly after he completed his second album, Double Up, Mase announced his retirement from hip-hop. He chose to follow the path of the Lord, which didn't just mean that he could no longer rap -- he no longer had the desire to do so. Frustratingly, the album finds Mase continuing to improve, but falling short of delivering a stunning farewell that could stand as his last testament. Double Up pretty much recycles the same hooktastic pop-rap formulas as Harlem World, following Puff Daddy's design of borrowing the best, regardless of the source (for example, Gary Numan provides the basis for one cut), and turning it into radio-ready party music. While this is pleasing to the ear, it tends to be a little monotonous and too predictable, especially when compared to Mase's raps. True, he still favors a flat, slow delivery but there's a growing undercurrent of distaste for hip-hop clichés, a feeling which, ultimately, led to Mase throwing in the towel and turning to God. Certainly, this gives Double Up more lyrical drama than the average hip-hop album, and it's often enough to keep it compelling when the music flat-lines. Still, there's still the sneaking suspicion that Double Up could have been more -- either an excellent pop-rap record with no flab, or a convincing statement of purpose, evidence of why Mase had to leave hip-hop behind. As it stands, it's simply a good sequel to a promising debut. Which, of course, is all that it needed to be, but in light of Mase's retirement, it's hard not to want more.

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Release Date:
06/15/1999
Label:
Bad Boy
UPC:
0786127302929
catalogNumber:
73029

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Double Up 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd rules
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mase is too nice! I love his lyrical genius, and smooth flow, with that R and B beat. Mase be doing his thing. I recommend this CD because of the diversity of the tracks and the quality rap that Mase spits out for you. Stories as real as the streets. Hot beats and hot rhymes tossed in the blender, Mase gives it to you. And don't forget. Double up ;-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
ma$e is da man, n u lot dnt giv him da credit he deserves!! this album deserves full credit n he goes out with a bang!! a slightly different style 2his 1st album, but still hot!! gr8 tracks include: Get ready, Make me cry, do it again, from scratch!! n .....stuff it they r all gd!!! get dis album, hes hot. pretty boy ma$e! watch out 4 loon hu appears in dis album, hes on the rise!! bad boy 4 life!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Album was aight but Mase is One of my favorite rappers cause he looks so good so you know i had to support my baby.I wish he didn't leave the industry but I respect his decision
Guest More than 1 year ago
Double Up waz 1 of tha worst albumz I've heard since Hammer Dont Hurt'em. Thiz waz not original at all. Hiz flow, hiz delivery, hiz lyricz, hiz hookz, and hiz beatz are worst than hiz first project which waz also somethin' terrible. I see alot of people givin' thiz guy credit cause they think he'z cute or what ever, but not me because im gonna tell tha truth about thiz LP. That s**t about him retirin' because he wantz to follow THE LORDS foot stepz are not accurate. He waz talkin' about retirement right after hiz first album which showz he doez not have no luv fo' Rap/hiphop.He just wanted hiz 15 minutez of fame. I hope thiz fool iz happy. How could you end your career with thiz trash. If I waz a entertainer I could not end my career on thiz note. I give thiz project 1 star, but if I could thiz project would'nt of gotten a star at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
pretty good especially #15