Vincent Mason

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Maseo
Maseo2 (300dpi).jpg
Mason performing at the Fillmore in San Francisco, July 2009
Background information
Born(1970-03-24) March 24, 1970 (age 43)
GenresHip hop
OccupationsMusician
Associated actsDe La Soul
WebsiteDe La Soul official website
 
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Maseo
Maseo2 (300dpi).jpg
Mason performing at the Fillmore in San Francisco, July 2009
Background information
Born(1970-03-24) March 24, 1970 (age 43)
GenresHip hop
OccupationsMusician
Associated actsDe La Soul
WebsiteDe La Soul official website

Vincent Lamont Mason Jr. (born 24 March 1970),[1] is a rapper, producer, DJ and one third of hip hop group, De La Soul.[1] Mason is also known as Maseo, P.A. Pasemaster Mase and Plug Three.[2]

Career[edit]

Kelvin Mercer ("Posdnous", "Plug One", "Plug Wonder Why", "Mercenary") and David Jude Jolicoeur ("Trugoy the Dove", "Plug Two", "Dave") were already friends when Mason joined the pair to form De La Soul in 1987.[2] The trio came to the attention of Prince Paul, then a member of Stetsasonic, with a demo recording of "Plug Tunin'".[2] Paul facilitated a record deal for Mason and his colleagues with the Tommy Boy label and produced their first album, 3 Feet High and Rising.[1]

Mason's role in De La Soul is primarily that of a DJ, with Mason stating that he is “a b-boy to my heart”, drawing inspiration from life experience and contemporary global events.[3] However, Mason has also featured as a vocalist on songs such as "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" (from De La Soul Is Dead)[4] and for De La Soul's guest appearance on the Jungle Brothers recording, "Doin' Our Own Dang".[5] Mason also recorded the introductory laugh for De La Soul's collaboration with Gorillaz, "Feel Good Inc.".[6]

Mase is a member of the Spitkicker collective, a group of artistically-minded people who release work by Spitkicker artists and engage in social, community-based activism.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Mason is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. His son, Tre Mason, is an All American football player, running back, at Auburn University.[8] Tre was a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.

Aliases[edit]

All three members of De La Soul have a variety of known aliases and nicknames used throughout the group's career. The following are the most significant:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: De La Soul". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c shopdelasoul.com (2008). "Biography of De La Soul". shopdelasoul.com. shopdelasoul.com. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Ashley Hyshka (21 September 2011). "De La Soul member DJ Maseo hits up Saskatoon". The Sheaf. The Sheaf. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey) Lyrics". Lyrics Depot. LyricsDepot.com. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jungle Brothers - Doin' Our Own Dang Lyrics". LYRICS007 - We Do Better Than James Bond. LYRICS007.COM, Inc. 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Stephen Carlick (15 October 2010). "Gorillaz Air Canada Centre, Toronto ON October 14". exclaim.ca. Exclaim!. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Spitkicker.com". myspace. Myspace LLC. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Staff (14 Feb 2011). "De La Soul’s DJ Maseo keeps it old school, just wants to be Tre Mason’s dad". The War Eagle Reader. Retrieved 4 May 2012.