Mike Madriaga 11:30 a.m., July 22
Imprisoned Rapper Young Mass Writes Message From Jail
“Slick Rick, 2Pac, C-Murder, Mystikal, and Lil Kim have all had different post-incarceration paths,” says Massterpiece Entertainment head 40 Oz Chris of Young Mass' latest legal problems. “No one can predict the aftermath of Mass’ incarceration, but I know we can all be prepared for an e-ticket ride.”
Mass -- real name Derrick Lee Stanton, Jr. -- was arrested near Las Vegas for the second time in ten months. The 24-year-old was detained on January 27 for first-degree kidnapping, one count of using coercion and/or force, and a domestic violence charge of battery. All charges are pending investigation.
The arrest stemmed from an incident involving a woman who appeared in Mass’s video for “They Aint Gon’ Last,” the first single (via Island Def Jam Digital) from his planned album Carnage 2012. Referred to in a police report as “Stacey,” the brunette is seen in the video “singing” a repeating chorus about “a million dollars” and “fighting like Rottweilers,” while accepting an envelope stuffed with money.
Lyrics include Mass rapping, “Had that ass screaming like I whipped it with a pistol, she hit me with the info, text me, ‘Baby, I’m a nympho.’”
After being held at the Clark County Detention Center (where O.J. Simpson was booked in 2007) for several weeks, the kidnapping charge -- which would have carried a sentence of five years to life -- was dropped, in favor of a domestic violence conviction. Mass has been sentenced and will be officially released January 6, 2012, perhaps earlier with good behavior.
In a message sent from behind bars, Mass says "Memorys [sp] of my life, and career include a whole lot of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Shock G once told me the things I experience in the world would make my music have it's [sp] own DNA. This experiance [sp] is going to make me an animal with a very unique story, and opinion to share with the world. I'm writting [sp] some crazy, crazy songs right now. The real fun will start upon my release!"
Mass was previously arrested in Las Vegas in early 2010, reportedly on a domestic issue and for giving false information to the police. Shortly before his January 2011 arrest, he had dropped the “Young” from his name and was calling himself simply “Mass,” while also recording the Carnage 2012 album.
According to 40 Oz Chris, that album is “still in limbo. We have the last Young Mass album that was to be called Hysteria. I am not sure yet if this album will ever see the light of day. but it would be a shame if it did not. The project featured a collaboration track with Mitchy Slick that came in late from the Best Of Daygo City [local band compilation] sessions called ‘Nobody Knows (The Trouble I've Seen).’”
Mass (aka, Fifth Element), for a time the youngest member of the rap and hip-hop collective Digital Underground, moved from Chicago to San Diego when he was 10.
At the 2003 “Gutfest” in Mission Bay Park, Digital Underground producer and performer Shock G (aka, Humpty Hump of “The Humpty Dance”) discovered the 16-year-old, later including Young Mass on two tracks of his 2004 CD Fear of a Mixed Planet: “Cherry Flava’d E-mail” and “Hold Me Down Up.”
Young Mass' self-titled CD was released in early 2008.
Rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight came to San Diego’s downtown club Aubergine on May 1, 2008, to talk with Mass about possibly executive-producing Mass’ next album.
Mass says a follow-up meeting with Knight was scheduled in L.A., to discuss his career contentions, but the meeting was delayed after Knight’s altercation at a Hollywood nightclub May 10 that left him bloodied and laying on a sidewalk. Says Mass, “If my big homie Suge can lend me some assistance on these issues, and the new album, my skills will handle the rest.”
Mass' debut album received a nomination for Best Hip-Hop Album at the 2008 San Diego Music Awards. In early 2009, his song "Emotions" was chosen for the Jake Records compilation CD Westside Bugg Presents: The Best Of The West. The album features collaborations with Bugg and various west coast artists he's worked with, including San Diego's own Jayo Felony as well as Digital Underground, Numskull, and others. A video for "Emotions" was shot in Reno, Nevada in early 2009.
The debut solo album by B-Real (Cypress Hill), Smoke N Mirrors (Duck Down Records), features a song produced by Young Mass called "Get That Dough," featuring songstress Mimi. The song is a variation of Mass's track "On The Grind," from his self titled debut (which also featured Mimi on vocals).
In 2009, the Young Mass mix tape Uggly included an unreleased reference track, “Misery,” which Mass recorded for Dr. Dre’s long-unreleased album Detox, produced by a Huntington Beach producer named Cras Bangaz. Mass decided to release it after artists like Ludacris [“OG’s Theme”] and T.I. [“Coming Back”] leaked their own Detox reference tracks, after giving up on Detox ever seeing the light of day.
In summer 2010, Mass (unofficially) wrote and recorded a theme song for the famously unreleased video game Starcraft: Ghost, originally announced for a 2002 debut. “Stop Playin” is about the psychic espionage operative star, Annabella ‘Nova’ Terra, aka Agent 12-862, a sexy female ghost.
Mass’s song places Nova in fictional San Diego locales like Mitchy’s Clack Clack, a Southeast bar named for local hip-hop hero Mitchy Slick and referenced as serving the best Framberry drinks in the Starcraft universe. “We’ve had no interaction with the game company, [but] the game and Nova have a cool cult following that we are intent on keeping alive.”