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When you think of legendary Brooklyn emcees, the name Masta Ace should definitely come to mind. He first came to fame as a member of Marley Marl’s highly influential Juice Crew, along with fellow talented artists Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Biz Markie, Craig G, Roxanne Shante, MC Shan and more. In 1988 he featured on the Juice Crew’s posse cut “The Symphony”, a song that is, still to this day, regarded as one of the best posse cuts ever recorded.
Ace was also a member of Crooklyn Dodgers, along with MC’s Special Ed and Buckshot of Black Moon. This was a crew formed specifically around the release of Spike Lee’s movie, Crooklyn. Together they created the title track for the movie, which became an instant hit.
Masta Ace has lasted the test of time, having stayed relevant for over 25 years in the game. In that time he has dropped 8 full length albums, all of which have been well received by fans and critics alike. First up was 1990’s “Take A Look Around”, which produced the singles “Me & The Biz” and
“Music Man”. He then formed his new group Masta Ace Incorporated and dropped the classic albums “Slaughtahouse” (1993), and “Sittin’ On Chrome” (1995), which included the massive tracks “Born To Roll”, “Sittin’ On Chrome”, “Jeep Ass Niguh” and more.
2001 saw him return to solo material with the album “Disposable Arts”, a concept album that follows a young Brooklyn man’s release from prison, his return home, and his life at “The Institute of Disposable Arts”. 2004’s “A Long Hot Summer” is another concept album that follows Ace, an underground rapper, through his long hot summer in Brooklyn.
In 2008 Masta Ace formed his new supergroup eMC, which included fellow rappers Stricklin, Wordsworth & Punchline. Together they created the album “The Show”. Like Ace’s previous albums, this is a thematic concept album that tells a story. The album’s story follows a day in the life of eMC doing a show on the road.
One year later in 2009, Ace teamed up with Boston legend Edo.G to whip up the album “Arts & Entertainment”, which included the hit single “Little Young”. In 2012’s Ace dropped his last album “MA Doom: Son Of Yvonne”, another concept album, this time dedicated to Masta Ace’s departed mother.
It follows a short story of Masta Ace’s upbringing, and has Ace rhyming over MF Doom production.
8 albums, countless features, and a heavy touring schedule for the last 25 years have cemented Masta Ace as one of Hip Hop’s living legends.
Masta Ace is joined by long time collaborator and EMC cohort Stricklin, alongside acclaimed Canadian born / NYC based hip-hop producer Marco Polo.
Tix can be found at the following!
Monday June 10th
@ Rocket Bar (Adelaide)
supported by Kimence + DJ Sanchez & DJ Dialect
www.moshtix.com.au (On Sale Soon)
Wednesday June 12th
@ Transit Bar (Canberra)
Thursday June 13th
@ The Standard (Sydney)
supported by Mr. Clean, Mike Who, Frenzie
Friday June 14th
@ Civic Hotel (Perth)
supported by tba
(tickets on sale soon!)
Saturday June 15th
@ Trans (Brisbane)
supported by Kings Konekted, Rezadent & Sus One, Exit Strategy and DJ Immaculate