Song: Pusha T f/ The-Dream, Ma$e & Cocaine 80s "Higher"
Ma$e's comeback is somewhat surprising, but once again, Kanye proves his powers. While Ma$e's verse relies on somewhat dated, though still very welcome flow, his style is always on point. Calling up the old “1, 2” mixing terms of the first MCs, Ma$e reminds how this comeback is his second in the decade, after his Welcome Back album never took off.
Going further, the New Yorker realizes and fixes the surprising absence of a New York rapper in the core of G.O.O.D. Music. (Q-Tip does not feature on the album.) West and Common were raised in Chicago, Pusha T lived in Virginia Beach, and Big Sean grew up in Detroit. When 'Ye allowed Ma$e to record a verse, he finally let “Manhattan,” a New York native, join on a song. It's truly symbolic of the crew's full circle influence.