Ma$e Talks About JAY-Z’s 1997 “Imaginary Player”

While many were eager to tune in to Ma$e’s Million dollars worth of game interview to learn more about the shady $5,000 deal he struck with Fivio Foreign, the podcast episode is packed with other interesting moments — including one in which the Florida native finally addressed the rumors that JAY-Z was taking him on a number nearly two and a half had been verbally abused decades ago.

On 1997’s “Imaginary Player,” Hov rapped, “Those aren’t Rolex diamonds, what the hell did you do with those?” which Ma$e (and others) viewed as a line aimed at the former Bad Boy.

The following year, he responded with “What we hear is platinum that, platinum this / platinum whips, nobody ain’t got no platinum hits” on his “Love Me” verse, though he now admits he was a little “out of pocket” the time.

“I think I said something on a record and people said it to Hov, when really I was just trying to be the best,” Ma$e told Gillie da Kid and Wallo during their chat.

“Because me, Hov and Busta, we all fell on the same day. And after my joint sold, I was just talking crazy all over the place, so maybe I’m out of pocket. I was 19, 20, I can feel it! “

The interview also revealed that Ma$e recalled being early in the bust-down trend thanks to inspiration he found in a custom piece for Biggie Smalls created by Jacob The Jeweler.

“Jacob had made a watch for Big where it had diamonds in the center and I said to Jacob, ‘Yo Jacob, I want to do diamonds on the whole watch,’ the 46-year-old recalls. I thought, ‘Yo, this is crazy.’ When he said, “Those are Rolex diamonds,” they were still real diamonds; they just weren’t factory.”

Ma$e then confirmed, “[JAY-Z] was talking about me because at the time I don’t think anyone saw anyone get that flamboyant with the Rollie.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, the “Feel So Good” performer discussed his feud with Cam’ron and admitted he was very hurt by the situation – read more here and watch Ma$e’s full performance at Million dollars worth of game below.


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