|Studio album by|
|Released||October 28, 1997 (US)|
|Studio||Daddy's House Recording Studio, New York|
|Genre||East Coast hip hop|
|Singles from Harlem World|
Harlem World is the debut album by American hip hop recording artist Mase, released on October 28, 1997, by Bad Boy Records and Arista Records. The album was nominated at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album. It went on to sell 4.8 million copies in the United States, going quadruple Platinum in the U.S.
The album sold nearly 273,000 copies during its first week.
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 175,000 copies in the U.S. its first week of release; it has since gone on to sell 4.8 million copies in the United States. Joining Mase on his solo LP was a long list of rap elite including Jay-Z, Lil' Kim, Busta Rhymes, 8Ball & MJG, The Lox, Total, and his close friend DMX. The album featured production by Combs, Steven "Stevie J" Jordan, Jermaine Dupri, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, 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."
|Robert Christgau||(A-) link|
|Entertainment Weekly||(B+) link|
|Los Angeles Times||link|
|Rap Pages||(favorable) 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.
|1||"Puff's Intro"||Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen||1:40|
|2||"Do You Wanna Get $?"||Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence/Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen||Kelly Price||3:49|
|3||"Take What's Yours"||Nashiem Myrick & Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen||DMX||3:45|
|4||"Mad Rapper (Interlude)"||1:13|
|5||"Will They Die 4 U?"||Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence/Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen||Puff Daddy & Lil' Kim||4:04|
|6||"Lookin' at Me"||The Neptunes||Puff Daddy & Pharrell Williams||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, T-Mix||8Ball & MJG||4:13|
|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, Nashiem Myrick, Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen||The LOX, Black Rob & DMX||4:16|
|17||"I Need to Be"||Carl "Chucky" Thompson for The Hitmen||Monifah||5:12|
|18||"Watch Your Back (Interlude)"||0:56|
|19||"Wanna Hurt Mase?"||Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence/Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen||4:23|
|20||"Jealous Guy"||Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen||112 & Puff Daddy||6:25|
"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
"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
"Lookin' at Me" interpolated "Illegal Search" by LL Cool J
|Canadian Albums (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||1|
|Canada (Music Canada)||3× Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||4× Platinum||4,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
|"Feel So Good"
|"What You Want"
|"Lookin' at Me"
- 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 DeVonte Luv - Scratching
- Richard "Younglord" Frierson - Producer
- Lil' Cease - Performer
- Black Rob - Performer
- Cudda Love- Manager
- Kelly Mack- Road Manager
- Supa Sam- Road DJ
- "Mase's 'World' Makes Its Way Straight to Top". Los Angeles Times. November 6, 1997. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
- "Mase Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
- "Mase Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
- "Mase Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
- "Canadian album certifications – Mase – Harlem World". Music Canada. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
- "American album certifications – Mase – Harlem World". Recording Industry Association of America.