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Hip-Hop Legends De La Soul Have a Connection to the 2013 Heisman Trophy

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(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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By Scott T. Sterling

After a stunning performance at this past weekend’s SEC Championship between Auburn and Mississippi State where he set a new rushing record, Auburn running back Tre Mason was today announced as one of six finalists up for this year’s Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious individual in all of college football.

While Mason’s performance on the field is how he’s made his name in the relentlessly competitive world of collegiate sports, the powerful young running back is also something of hip-hop royalty, being the son of Vincent Mason, better known as Maseo, DJ, rapper and one-third of legendary rap innovators, De La Soul, best known for hit singles like “Me Myself & I” and “Stakes is High.”

“I try not to get into my dad’s shine,” the younger Mason said in an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer (via The Big Lead) back in 2011 when he was just a freshman hoping to make the team. “I try to make a scene for myself. I congratulate him on everything he’s accomplished in his life. I try to do the same for mine.”

(Vincent "Maseo" Mason [R] performing with De La Soul. Credit: Sergio Dionisio)

(Vincent “Maseo” Mason [R] performing with De La Soul. Credit: Sergio Dionisio)

 

While a proud father is happy to see his son play the game, the admittedly sports-deficient DJ is much more concerned with the education Auburn has to offer and what opportunities Tre will have after the glory days on the gridiron are behind him.

“You could have said Apple University [before Tre was recruited] and it wouldn’t have mattered to me. I don’t even follow football like that,” Maseo told Auburn’s War Eagle Reader. “My brother is the football specialist, I’m music. I’m being perfectly honest with you, all I care about is the scholarship opportunity being presented for [Tre] to play ball at whatever school he chooses. What mattered to me as a parent was, if he happens to get hurt, will be he able to fulfill  his education. Will the scholarship go away if his career playing football goes away? I think about life after football.”

When it comes to the musical generation gap between father and son, Maseo claimed that while there are some differences, their shared love of hip-hop brings it all together.

“I know he listens to Lil Wayne and Wacka Flocka. He definitely likes the current day rappers, but every now and then I’ll walk in on him and he’ll be listening to Big Daddy Kane or Slick Rick and I’m shocked, completely shocked,” he revealed. “He’s like ‘Daddy, I like Big Daddy Kane, honestly!’ One time I played him a record that Big Daddy Kane came out with before I even came out with a record and he actually thought it was a new record. I was like, ‘Tre, this came out in ’87, ’86.’”

De La Soul will end the year with concerts in Australia (including a New Year’s Eve show Down Under), and his son and the rest of the college football nation will discover who takes home this year’s Heisman Trophy when the results are announced on Saturday, Dec. 14.

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