Harlem World

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Harlem World
Studio album by Mase
Released October 28, 1997 (US)
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Hip hop, Pop rap
Length 66:04
Label Bad Boy Records
Producer Sean "Puffy" Combs (Exec.), The Hitmen (Including Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie(Exec.), Steven "Stevie J" Jordan & Nashiem Myrick), Jermaine Dupri, The Neptunes, Dame Grease, Mo-Suave-A
Mase chronology
Harlem World
(1997)
Double Up
(1999)
Singles from Harlem World
  1. "Feel So Good"
    Released: October 14, 1997
  2. "What You Want"
    Released: January 13, 1998
  3. "Lookin' at Me"
    Released: July 6, 1998

Harlem World is the critically acclaimed multi-platinum debut album by Harlem rapper Mase, released October 28, 1997. The album was nominated at the 41st Grammy Awards for Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

Background[edit]

Seen as Puff Daddy's new protégé since the passing of The Notorious B.I.G., Mase rose to fame after being a member of Children of the Corn with fellow Harlem rappers Big L and Cam'ron. After the death of Bloodshed and the subsequent disbanding of the group, Mase was signed to Bad Boy, catching the public eye when appearing on the track "Mo Money, Mo Problems" from Biggie's 1997 album Life After Death. Puff Daddy began to promote Mase as the new premier act of Bad Boy and within a year had released "Harlem World", a successful album spawning hits such as "Feel So Good" (U.S. #5), "What You Want" (U.S. #6), and "Lookin' at Me" (U.S. #8).

Mase released his first solo LP, Harlem World, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Pop and R&B LP charts selling over 270,000 copies in the U.S. its first week of release; it has since gone on to sell 3.3 million copies in the United States. Joining Mase on his solo LP was a long list of rap elite including Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, The Lox, Lil' Kim, Total, and his close friend DMX. The album featured production by Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Steven "Stevie J" Jordan and (then unknowns) The Neptunes. Mase told MTV about his first solo effort: "Well, basically what I'm trying to establish is a strong identity and foundation for Mase so a lot of people could know that Mase is his own person and Mase can do other things besides rap and music and things in that nature."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (A-) link
Entertainment Weekly (B+) link
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars link
Muzik 4/5 stars link
Rap Pages (favorable) link
RapReviews.com 3.5/5 stars link

Entertainment Weekly said of the album: "...creatively refreshing, well-crafted lyrics... rap's newest bad boy more than holds his own on his solo debut... his distinctive marble-mouthed drawl... creates a regular-guy persona all too rare in hip-hop."Muzik (4/9, p.84) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Harlem on the rise? Most definitely." Rap Pages (1/98, p.105) - Solid Material - "...Creatively refreshing, well-crafted lyrics and a high-energy track over a hyped beat easily make this..."

In 2008, the single "Feel So Good" was ranked number 67 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Track listing[edit]

# Name Producer(s) Featured Guest(s) Time
1 "Puff's Intro" Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen Puff Daddy 1:40
2 "Do You Wanna Get $?" Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen Kelis (uncredited), & Puff Daddy 3:49
3 "Take What's Yours" Nashiem Myrick for The Hitmen DMX 3:45
4 "Mad Rapper (Interlude)" The Madd Rapper 1:13
5 "Will They Die 4 U?" Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen Puff Daddy & Lil' Kim 4:04
6 "Lookin' at Me" The Neptunes Puff Daddy 4:15
7 "White Girl (Interlude)" 0:52
8 "Love U So" Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen Billy Lawrence 3:12
9 "The Player Way" Mo-Suave-A 8Ball & MJG 4:13
10 "Hater (Interlude)" 1:00
11 "Niggaz Wanna Act" Dame Grease Busta Rhymes 4:09
12 "Feel So Good" Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen Kelly Price 3:24
13 "What You Want" Nashiem Myrick for The Hitmen Total 4:02
14 "Phone Conversation (Interlude)" 1:49
15 "Cheat on You" Jermaine Dupri Lil' Cease, Jay-Z & 112 3:15
16 "24 Hrs. to Live" Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen, Dame Grease Black Rob, DMX & The LOX 4:16
17 "I Need to Be" Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen Monifah 5:12
18 "Watch Your Back (Interlude)" 0:56
19 "Wanna Hurt Mase?" Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen 4:23
20 "Jealous Guy" Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen 112 6:25

Samples[edit]

"Do You Wanna Get $" By Peter Brown "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me"

"Feel So Good" By Kool & The Gang "Hollywood Swingin" and Bad Boy by Miami Sound Machine

"Love You So" by Teena Marie "Square Biz" and "Ooh Boy" by Rose Royce

"Jealous Guy" sampled "Jealous Girl" by Another Bad Creation

"Will They Die 4 U?" sampled "Everything Good to You (Ain't Always Good for You)" by B.T. Express

"Puff's Intro" sampled "Joy" by Isaac Hayes

"Wanna Hurt Mase?" sampled "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club

"I Need to Be" sampled "Tomorrow" by The Brothers Johnson

"24 Hrs. To Live" sampled "Moses Theme" by Frankie Bleu

"What You Want" sampled "Right on for the Darkness" by Curtis Mayfield

"Cheat on You" sampled "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson

"Lookin' at Me" sampled "Illegal Search" by LL Cool J

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Top Rap Albums 1
Canadian Album chart 55

Singles[edit]

Single Information
"Feel So Good"
  • Released: October 14, 1997
  • Billboard Hot 100: #5
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #5
  • Hot Rap Singles: #1
"What You Want"
  • Released: January 13, 1998
  • Billboard Hot 100: #6
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #3
  • Hot Rap Singles: #3
"Lookin' at Me"
  • Released: July 6, 1998
  • Billboard Hot 100: #8
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #8
  • Hot Rap Singles: #1

Personnel[edit]

  • Barry White - Grooming
  • Eightball & MJG - Performer
  • Billy Lawrence - Performer
  • Busta Rhymes - Performer
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs - Producer, Mixing, Performer, Executive Producer
  • DMX - Performer
  • Jermaine Dupri - Producer, Mixing
  • Kelis - Performer
  • Ben Garrison - Engineer
  • Tony Maserati - Mixing
  • Michael Patterson - Engineer, Mixing
  • Herb Powers - Mastering
  • Phil Tan - Engineer, Mixing
  • Doug Wilson - Engineer
  • Total - Performer
  • Nasheim Myrick - Producer
  • Monifah - Performer
  • 112 - Performer
  • Jay-Z - Performer
  • Lil' Kim - Performer
  • Deric Angelettie - Producer, Associate Executive Producer
  • MJG - Performer
  • Prince Charles Alexander - Mixing
  • Carlos "6 July" Broady - Piano, Producer
  • Lisa Peardon - Photography
  • Kelly Price - Vocals
  • Lane Craven - Mixing
  • Groovy Lew - Stylist
  • Marcus Logan - Marketing
  • Mase - Rap
  • LOX - Performer
  • Pharrell Williams - Producer
  • Stephen Dent - Engineer
  • Jimmie Wilson - Engineer
  • Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence - Producer
  • J-Dub - Programming
  • Chad Hugo - Producer
  • Dame Grease - Producer
  • DJ Iroc - Scratching
  • Richard "Younglord" Frierson - Producer
  • Lil' Cease - Performer
  • Black Rob - Performer
  • Cudda Love- Manager
  • Kelly Mack- Road Manager
  • Supa Sam- Road DJ
Preceded by
The Album by The Firm
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 15–28, 1997
Succeeded by
Higher Ground by Barbra Streisand

See also[edit]