Recently, Mason “Ma$e” Betha revealed that what seems like a Christmas gift from Diddy: freedom from his Bad Boy Records contract after 16 years. His career includes solo hits (“Feel So Good”), standout cameos (The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”), and one of the most influential debut albums of the 90s (Harlem World). Still, it’s been more than a decade since Ma$e has been hot, and it’ll be an uphill battle before he returns to the top of the Billboard charts. Fortunately, he has more assets than many other emcees, young and new: a flow that is still intact, years of industry wisdom, and the respect of some of his genre’s most revered, successful acts. We’ll see what Ma$e has up his sleeve but for now check out our suggestions of a to-do list for rap’s newest veteran free agent.