Cam’ron Explains Why He Brought Ma$e On For "It Is What It Is"

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Cam'ron during Olympus Fashion Week Fall 2005 - Zac Posen - After Party at Glo in New York, United States. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)
Cam’ron says that he owes it to Ma$e to bring him onto, "It Is What It Is."

Cam’ron says that it was only right for him to bring Ma$e on his new sports talk show, It Is What It Is. Sitting down with Good Day New York for recent a interview, the New York rapper explained that he's reinvented himself.

“So look, Hip Hop is 50 years old and I’ve been doing this [25 years], so if you don’t reinvent yourself, you’ll be looking at a 1997 Cam’ron,” he said. “I’m like, ‘I love sports and I need to be on television.’ People always offer me things to do on television. So I’m like, ‘Let me create my own show, not somebody giving me a show, and see how it goes."

Cam'ron At A Knicks Game

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Cam'ron attends Utah Jazz v New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 4, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)

As for the decision to work with Ma$e on It Is What It Is, he explained: “Ma$e got me my first record deal, ever. So doing this show and creating this show and having him be a part of it, it felt like I’m giving back to him for helping me even be an entertainer. I may not have been where I’m at if [Ma$e] didn’t take me to Biggie Smalls [The Notorious B.I.G.] and get me my first record deal… I wanted to pay him back, and hopefully, this show will do that.”

Cam'ron launched It Is What It Is on the Come And Talk 2 Me YouTube channel back in January. In the short time since, it's massed 7 million total views. On the show, he and Ma$e discuss topics from across the sports landscape.

Cam'ron On His Relationship With Ma$e

Cam’ron and Ma$e haven't always been the best of friends. Despite collaborating on “Horse & Carriage” back in 1998, they had a falling out in the 2000s. They went on to trade multiple diss tracks about each other in 2017. It wasn't until 2022 that they finally squashed their beef.


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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.