Years before Masta Ace would link with Paula Perry, Lord Digga, Leschea and the trio that is Eyceurokk – Ace was down with the Juice Crew, Marley Marl and Cold Chillin’, making his official debut on the posse-cut of all posse cuts, “The Symphony.” And by chance, at that.
In 1990, he would go on to release his debut album under the name Master Ace. You’re an OG if you know this fact.
Fast forward to the early 90s, and two years after debuting their hard-as-nails SlaughtaHouse LP – Masta Ace Inc. would follow it up with Sittin’ On Chrome, released on May 2nd, 1995 on Delicious Vinyl.
Both albums would explore the violence epidemic which was growing exponentially in rap music, especially the West Coast’s heavy, “gangster music” influence. Sittin’ On Chrome would spawn underground singles such as “The I.N.C. Ride,” “The B-Side,” “Sittin’ on Chrome,” “Freestyle?,” “Born To Roll” and my personal favorite, “Ain’t No Game.”
Still keeping the bass-heavy tactics used from their debut, and imploring a satirical take on “gangsta rap,” Masta Ace Inc.’s Sittin’ On Chrome would go on as yet another classic Hip-Hop album that would stand the test of time.
As Ase One begins this interview, “It does not seem like 20 years to me. It really doesn’t.” It’s hard to fathom an underground Hip-Hop album that both seemed to go totally under the radar, yet influence so many styles of rap has stood the ultimate test next to iconic pieces like The Infamous, OB4CL, Illmatic and more.
We’ll let Ace explain in his words what the album means to him, and how it defined the sounds of New York, the West Coast and Hip-Hop culture/music in general during his sit down with WatchLoud. You can read their excellent piece on “How Masta Ace Challenged The “East Vs West” Beef With Sittin’ On Chrome” here as well.