Welcome Back (Mase song)

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"Welcome Back"
Mase - Welcome Back single.jpg
Single by Mase
from the album Welcome Back
B-side "Breathe, Stretch, Shake"
Released May 25, 2004 (2004-05-25)
Format
Recorded 2004
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:22
3:45 (radio edit)
Label Bad Boy
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) The Movement
Mase singles chronology
"Get Ready"
(1999)
"Welcome Back"
(2004)
"Breathe, Stretch, Shake"
(2004)

"Get Ready"
(1999)
"Welcome Back"
(2004)
"Breathe, Stretch, Shake"
(2004)
Music video
"Welcome Back" on YouTube

"Welcome Back" is a song by American rapper Mase. It was released as the first single off his third studio album Welcome Back. It marked the first single that Mase had released since 1999's "Get Ready", after he had taken a 5 year hiatus from the music industry. The song was produced by Corron Cole and James Bunton of The Movement and samples "Welcome Back", the theme from the TV show Welcome Back, Kotter by John Sebastian.[1]

"Welcome Back" garnered positive reception from critics who praised its catchability. The song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and number 32 on the Hot 100 chart. It also reached number 17 on both the Hot Rap Songs and Rhythmic charts respectively. The song has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting sales of over 500,000 units in the United States. "Welcome Back" also reached the top 40 in countries like New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The accompanying music video for the song, directed by Chris Robinson, parodies the opening to the children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic's David Jeffries praised the track for being reminiscent of early Mase, saying that it's "lyric-filled, driven but effortless, and has a crafty interpolation of a pop tune, this time the Welcome Back Kotter theme."[2] Jessica Koslow of HipHopDX put it alongside "Breathe, Stretch, Shake" as being "sure-fire radio/club joints."[3] Rashaun Hall of Billboard said the production work by The Movement on the sample produced "infectious results."[4] Chadwicked of Tiny Mix Tapes praised Mase for maintaining his rap flow while under a different image, saying that "It proves that a man such as Mase can rhyme over a sample from Welcome Back Kotter, dress up like Mister Rogers in the video, and have an 80-year old female back-up dancer, and still be taken seriously and appreciated."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Welcome Back" debuted at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of June 5, 2004.[6] It reached number 40 the week after and peaked at number 32 the week of June 19,[7] staying on the chart for eleven weeks.[8] On the Hot Rap Songs chart, it debuted at number 13 for the week of June 5, 2004.[9] Three weeks later, it peaked at number 8 the week of June 26.[10] It debuted at number 46 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and then moved to number 23 for the week of June 5, 2004.[11] Four weeks later, it reached its peak at number 17 for the week of July 3, 2004.[12] It reached that same position on the Rhythmic chart for the week of July 10, 2004.[13] The song also charted in New Zealand, debuting at number 4 and staying there for four weeks,[14] remaining on the chart for seventeen weeks.[8] In Switzerland, it debuted at number 25 and stayed there for eight weeks and reached number 51 in Germany, with chart progression lasting for seven weeks.[8]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Chris Robinson,[15] the video is a parody of the opening to the children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The video also features Wyclef Jean pulling up in his Pagani Zonda and also features cameos from Sean Combs, Styles P, Amerie, Pee Wee Kirkland and Fatman Scoop.

Live performance[edit]

On August 20, 2004, Mase performed the song live on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.[16]

Remix[edit]

"It's Alright"
Song by Kanye West featuring Mase and John Legend
Released March 22, 2005
Recorded 2004
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:52
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) West

The official remix to "Welcome Back" is titled "It's Alright", and it is by hip-hop artist Kanye West, with Mase being a featured artist along with singer John Legend. It was featured on the bonus CD of West's 2005 video album The College Dropout Video Anthology.[17]

Formats and track listing[edit]

Europe CD[18]
  • 1. "Welcome Back" (Radio Edit) – 3:45
  • 2. "Welcome Back" (Main) – 4:23
Europe CD (Promo)[19]
  • 1. "Welcome Back" (Radio Edit) – 3:45
US 12"[20]
  • A1. "Welcome Back" – 4:22
  • A2. "Welcome Back" (Instrumental) – 4:22
  • B1. "Breathe, Stretch, Shake" (featuring P. Diddy) – 3:17
  • B2. "Breathe, Stretch, Shake" (Instrumental) – 3:17

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mase's 'Welcome Back' sample of John Sebastian's 'Welcome Back'". WhoSampled. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ Jeffries, David. "Welcome Back - Mase". AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ Koslow, Jessica (September 14, 2004). "Mase - Welcome Back". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ Hall, Rashaun. "Welcome Back". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on September 4, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ Chadwicked (December 14, 2006). "Mase - Welcome Back". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. June 5, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. June 19, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c "Welcome Back (song) by Mase". aCharts.co. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hot Rap Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. June 5, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Hot Rap Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. June 26, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. June 5, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. July 3, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Rhythmic Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. July 10, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  14. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 13, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Chris Robinson". mvdbase.com. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  16. ^ "34TunesOnTV". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. August 16, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Kanye West - The College Dropout Video Anthology (DVD)". Discogs. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Mase - Welcome Back (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Mase - Welcome Back (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mase - Welcome Back (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Musicline.de – Ma$e Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  22. ^ "Charts.nz – Ma$e – Welcome Back". Top 40 Singles.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ma$e – Welcome Back". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  25. ^ "Mase Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  26. ^ "Mase Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  27. ^ "Mase Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  28. ^ "Mase Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  29. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 2004 – The Official New Zealand Music Charts". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 2004". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  31. ^ "American single certifications – Mase – Welcome Back". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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