Mase took to social media to offer his thoughts on the pervasiveness of gang culture in hip-hop and why young black men need to avoid that life.

"I know what I’m about to say is unpopular but it still needs to be said," wrote Mase. "The weakest thing a black man can do today is join a street gang."

"The person who you’re riding for today ends up getting a bag to kill you or sending you to jail," Mase continued. "Think about it what type of person would ask you to hurt your own people and take an oath to be there for your gang only to end up not being there for your children and family. I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THAT. Maybe that’s why I NEVER THOUGHT PEOPLE IN GANGS WERE TOUGH! If you’re thinking about becoming one don’t! I RESPECT A MAN THAT CAN STAND ON HIS OWN."