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Off the Charts and On the Road; No Way Out Tour Features The Tip-Top of Hip-Hop
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Musical recordings; Rap music
Author: Harrington, Richard
Date: Nov 26, 1997
Start Page: B.07
Section: STYLE

When was the last time a tour came through town with six acts that have albums in the Top 30? That's how it will be with the No Way Out Tour at USAirways Arena on Friday. It's built around Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs's triple-platinum debut and albums by Mase, Jay-Z, Usher, Busta Rhymes and the Firm (whose Foxy Brown is in the show).

Mase, "Harlem World" (Bad Boy). Mase's debut recently opened atop the charts, its path greased by the laid-back rapper's guest spots in chart-topping hits (and videos) for boss Puff Daddy, the late Notorious B.I.G. and Mariah Carey. Mase's current hit, "Feels So Good," is a good-natured celebration of success and its attendant materialism. That is the dominant mood on the album, despite tracks like the edgily paranoid "Wanna Hurt Mase?," "Will They Die 4 U?" (with Puff Daddy and Lil' Kim) and "24 HRS. to Live."

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