Cam'ron And Mase Pay Tribute To OJ Simpson: "Thank You Uncle O"

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O.J. Simpson appears in District Court during his trial at the Clark County Regional Justice Center September 26, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart are standing trial on 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy related to a 2007 confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel. Steve Marcus-Pool (Photo credit should read Steve Marcus/AFP via Getty Images)
Cam'ron and Mase reflect on the passing of their frequent podcast guest.

Cam'ron and Mase have rebranded themselves as podcasters. The titans of New York rap have found tremendous success with their sports talk show It Is What It Is, and part of their success stemmed from their ability to book huge guests. The first guest they ever booked? O.J. Simpson. The controversial NFL star was actually one of the most frequent co-hosts on It Is What It Is, which meant his recent passing at age 76 hit the show hard. Cam and Mase took to Instagram to pay their respects.

The duo posted a montage of It Is What It Is episodes featuring O.J. Simpson, along with a caption that expressed their sadness. "We just want to say thank you to Uncle O for gracing us with your presence," they wrote. "You were definitely one of a kind, you became Uncle O to use cause it was like having a real uncle around. You were very funny and down to Earth." Cam and Mase then detailed the circumstances in which they first linked up with Simpson. Unbeknownst to longtime listeners, the "Juice" was one of the first co-hosts that were ever considered for the show.

Cam'ron And Mase Praised O.J. For His Humor

"When we signed our deal the first co-host we thought about having was Uncle O," they revealed. "We said oh we gone break the internet with #OJ and that we did. You helped make our show 10x better and everyone loved you." Cam'ron and Mase concluded their heartfelt message by giving thanks to Simpson for his insight and his willingness to poke fun at himself. "We will cherish these last memories we were able to share with you," the duo added. "You will forever be apart of the It Is What It Is family."

Unsurprisingly, the episode of It Is What It Is that aired April 12 (two days after Simpson's passing) was dedicated to him. Cam'ron, Mase, Treasure "Stat Baby" Wilson and special guest Maurice Clarett spoke at length about the NFL star's impact on the show. They also praised his sports acumen and his ability to speak candidly and convincingly on the subject of football.

O.J. Simpson's family confirmed his death via X (formerly Twitter). They are asking that the public "respect their wishes for privacy and grace" at this time.

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Danilo is a writer based out of San Diego. He graduated from the Art Institute of Tucson with a B.A. in digital media, and has since forged a career as a pop culture journalist. He covered hip-hop for Heavy.com, Rhyme Junkies and PopMatters prior to joining HotNewHipHop.com. Danilo's top five is constantly changing, but Biggie and Slug from Atmosphere remain permanent fixtures. His favorite rap album of all time is "Late Registration" by Kanye West, and that stays the same.