Earlier this year, Masta Ace‘s storied troop, Masta Ace Inc. celebrated their 20th anniversary since the release of their sophomore album, Sittin’ On Chrome. July of 2015 also observed the 25th anniversary for the release of Ace’s debut album, Take a Look Around. The latter was released in 1990 through iconic label Cold Chillin’ Records – and marked a period when the Brooklyn wordsmith went by Master Ace.
Since parting ways with Masta Ace Inc. in 1995, the Juice Crew emcee has gone on to release 2001’s Disposable Arts and 2004’s A Long Hot Summer. Both albums would receive critical acclaim, and both were stellar concept projects. A Long Hot Summer, which was a prequel to the former, followed Ace’s journey during one long, hot summer in Brooklyn – and featured fan favorite cuts like “Good ol’ Love,” “Beautiful,” “Da Grind,” “Soda & Soap” (with Jean Grae) and “Bklyn Masala.”
Now, Below System Records is reissuing this classic solo outing from Ace on CD. You can also purchase it via UGHH or HHV. All copies come with two bonus tracks: “Globetrotter” and “GMO” – the latter which we’ve featured below for your listening pleasure.