Biggie Smalls Reportedly Assisted Ma$e by Hiring Him as a Ghostwriter for Lil Cease
Lance “Un” Rivera reveals how Biggie’s act of generosity helped alleviate Ma$e’s financial struggles following a disadvantageous deal with Bad Boy Records.
Biggie Smalls, also known as The Notorious B.I.G., was renowned for his loyalty to his friends and family. Recent revelations shed light on a remarkable incident when Biggie provided assistance to Ma$e during a challenging financial period. Ma$e, facing the consequences of an unfavorable contract with Diddy at Bad Boy Records, received a lifeline through a ghostwriting opportunity.
In an exclusive interview with Lance “Un” Rivera on VladTV, a surprising revelation emerged about the legendary rapper Biggie Smalls. It turns out that Biggie once came to the aid of fellow artist Ma$e during a period of financial struggle. Ma$e, burdened by an unfavorable deal with Diddy at Bad Boy Records, found solace through a ghostwriting opportunity that Biggie facilitated.
As Rivera explained, Puff Daddy’s signing of Ma$e led to speculation about the nature of his contract. Unsurprisingly, Ma$e faced similar contractual constraints to Biggie, as did The LOX and other artists associated with Bad Boy Records. Recognizing Ma$e’s predicament, Biggie decided to collaborate with him on the remix of 112’s “Only You,” an opportunity that provided much-needed financial relief for Ma$e.
Thanks to Biggie’s intervention, Ma$e wrote the hit song “Crush On You” for Lil Cease’s album. It’s reported that Biggie authorized a payment of $7,500 per record, resulting in a total of six records. The track featured three verses by Lil Cease, while Biggie contributed to the chorus. Interestingly, the original album version shipped to Lil Kim did not include her vocals, but she eventually joined the project and penned her own verses.
Lance Rivera, entrusted with directing the music video, incorporated elements inspired by the film “The Wiz.” The visual masterpiece showcased Lil Kim, Lil Cease and even included a cameo appearance by Sheek Louch. Released in February 1997, the video emerged just weeks before Biggie’s tragic murder. The collective efforts behind the project propelled “Crush On You” to an impressive No. 4 spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Airplay Chart.
Renowned rapper The D.O.C. shared his personal experience with Biggie, expressing his initial frustration at the musical prowess Biggie exhibited. However, upon meeting him in person, The D.O.C. was struck by Biggie’s humility and authenticity. The genuine rapport they formed during a gathering in Chicago left an indelible impression on The D.O.C., solidifying Biggie as his number-one inspiration.