In an industry where who you know and where you're from could mean more than what you can do, it takes more than an average rapper to transform from a small town kid with a dream into a success story. Although 24 year old Richard Ward II, better known to his fans as Mason Caine, is an Atlanta native raised in the urban cities of Chicago and Cincinnati. His reputation as an MC gained the most notoriety while residing in the little-known town of Hudson, Florida. Mason Caine has proven to be that rare breed of artist whose fast-growing success is owed not to his surroundings, but to his own "masonry," as his name implies, and honing of his craft. The Florida hip hop scene was new to Caine, an artist used to an underground climate and a battling atmosphere. However, Caine’s Midwest consciousness and intellect was soon matched with a more colorful wordplay and southern gangsta style, making him as versatile as his background. His reputation as the uncontested battle rapper to beat spread quickly and reached the ears of the then up and coming rapper, Laws (currently signed to Warner Bros and J.U.S.T.I.C.E League.) As the two best lyricists in the Tampa bay area, the two moved past their initial rivalry and joined forces with other local artists, including rapper BKraze as well as producers L.A. The Craftzman, and Feb 9, to form Phan 4 Entertainment. Caine also became a member of Pasco County rap crew, Juice City. Performing at local venues such as Orpheum, Empire, The 2008 Tampa Music Conference, and sharing the stage with musical legend KRS-One, Caine became a staple in Central Florida hip hop.
In a city full of egos, Mason Caine has successfully gained the respect of his competitors as a lyrical force gaining unstoppable momentum. To date, Caine has released numerous independent projects, such as "The Legislation"(featuring Shut-it-Down Squad's DJ Silent Rage). Mason Caine also has released the phrased 'Mini Mixtape' titled "I Am Number 4". Mason Caine recently released an additional 'Mini Mixtape' titled "Heart Of The City"(with Shut-it-Down Squad's DJ Ritz). Currently, Caine’s newest release "Big Daddy Caine" is circulating the internet and radio. As his musical progression continues and with the backing of some the industry's "heavyweights", These successful ventures provided the opportunity for Mason to perform at the A3C (2011) and SXSW (2012) music festivals. Mason Caine is laying the foundation to be one of the next major contenders in hip hop.
Featured on song “Hustle” on J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League/Warner/Asylum artist
Laws 4:57 & 5:01 Overtime (Mixtape) - 2010
Featured on song “Streets” on Universal Music Group Artist, Marpo’s “Knockout” (Album) - 2010.
I Am Number 4 - (Mixtape) - 2011
"Randy Savage" Feat. Laws - (Radio Single) 2011
DJ Ritz & Mason Caine "Heart of The City" (Mixtape) - 2011
Big Daddy Caine - (Radio Single) - 2012
South By Southwest recap: Tampa Bay bands shine in Austin's spotlight
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"....For lone hip-hop representatives Laws and Mason Caine of Pasco County, the SXSW experience was ..."....For lone hip-hop representatives Laws and Mason Caine of Pasco County, the SXSW experience was all about representing the Bay and rapping for whoever wanted to listen. It also involved some sprinting down a bustling Sixth street to make their next set time, moshing with Academy Award-winner and Three Six Mafia rapper Juicy J, and being on a bill with Brother Ali and Mobb Deep..."
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Born in Atlanta, raised in the midwest and now calling New Port Richey home, rapper Mason Caine is p...Born in Atlanta, raised in the midwest and now calling New Port Richey home, rapper Mason Caine is part of the crew known as Juice City, a foursome of up-and-coming Pasco rappers who've been making some solid noise north of the Pasco-Pinellas line.
He's got a fan and partner in Laws, the Spring Hill rapper who's earned acclaim from XXL and URB. And he's happy to spread the love to others in his Juice City crew. On his excellent, funky jam Death of Swag, he gives them a shout out: "And then I let the four blast / my team's the black Beatles / who's your cast?"
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