Masta Ace

Genres: Urban
Tags: hip-hop rap underground hip-hop hip hop new york seen live Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Duval Clear, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Raised in Brooklyn, Masta Ace became a hip-hop DJ in the 70s before adjusting to MC status by 1983. He won a rapping competition two years later which earned him studio time with producer Marley Marl, before a collegiate interlude followed. He contributed to the In Control Volume 1 set by Marl, and the latter’s label, Cold Chillin’ Records, offered him a recording contract. His 1990 debut album, Take A Look Around, was fuelled by Marley Marl’s funk throb and included the hit duet, ‘Me And The Biz’. Songs like ‘Brooklyn Battles’ attempted to look through the blood and rage circus of urban decadent rap. Masta Ace had earlier contributed to the Brand New Heavies’ Heavy Rhyme Experience: Vol. 1. His second album, released under the Masta Ace Incorporated moniker, was better yet. The title-track, ‘Slaughtahouse’, a clever parody on the absurd machismo of gangsta rap:...

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