After a five-year break spent pursuing religion, rapper Mase will release a new album, "Welcome Back," Aug. 24 via Fo' Reel Entertainment and Bad Boy.

After a five-year break spent pursuing religion, rapper Mase will release a new album, "Welcome Back," Aug. 24 via Fo' Reel Entertainment and Bad Boy.

The title track, which samples the theme song to the '70s TV show "Welcome Back Kotter," peaked in recent weeks at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart and No. 17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally. The Chris Robinson-directed video was the 17th-most played clip on BET last week.

Fo' Reel flagship artist Nelly joins Mase on album cut "I Still Love You." Other songs featured on the 12-track set include "My Harlem Lullaby," "Wasting My Time," "The Love You Need" and "Gotta Survive."

Mase shot to fame in the late '90s on the strength of his debut album, "Harlem World," which has sold 3.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. He bowed out of hip-hop shortly after the release of 1999's "Double Up" and has since established S.A.N.E. Ministries in Atlanta, where he served as Pastor Betha. He also released a book, "Revelations: There's a Light After the Lime."