Monday, December 3, 2012

The Masta Ace Project Part 3: Sittin On Chrome

1995 saw Ace's third album, as well as the last one under the "Masta Ace Incorporated" name. Following the release of this album, Ace would go on sort of hiatus until his return in 2001.

Release date- May 2, 1995

Let's take a ride shall we!

The I.N.C. Ride (Masta Ace & Lord Digga, Produced by Louie Vega)
Louie Vega provides a nice West Coast styled track, which nicely samples Dre's "Nuthin But A G Thang" and the Isley Brothers "For the Love of You". Nice song to ride to and kick the album off. 4 out of 5

Eastbound (Masta Ace, Lord Digga, & Paula Perry, Produced by Ase One)
The crew continues to ride on this dope track, 95 style, ha ha! 4 out of 5

What's Going On!" (Produced By: Bluez Brothas & Ase One)
Another nice song with a cool call and response hook. 4 out of 5

The B-Side (Masta Ace, Leschea, Paula Perry, and Lord Digga, Produced by Ase One)
The beat to this sounds almost identical to the beat on "The I.N.C. Ride", but it's another nice one with the crew, doing it from the Brooklyn side of things.. 4 out of 5

Sittin On Chrome (Produced By: Ase One)
Ace's infatuation with a nice ride continues on this very good song, along with the memorable Michele' sample. 4 out of 5

People In My Hood (Produced By: DJ U-Neek)
This apply titled song serves as somewhat of a precursor to the type of concept songs that would define Ace's albums. A very descriptive MC. 4.5 out of 5

Turn It Up (Leschea, Produced by Ase One)
Leschea does a decent job on this solo spot. The nice beat and her vocals make you want to turn this up. 4 out of 5

U Can't Find Me (Masta Ace & Lord Digga, Produced by Ase One)
Decent song, but nothing special. Probably the non-sleeper song on the album. 3 out of 5

Ain't No Game (Masta Ace, Paula Perry, Leschea, & Lord Digga, Produced by Ase One)
The standard crew cut here, and it's not a game. 3.5 out of 5

Freestyle (Produced By: Bluez Bruthas)
TIGHT freestyle from Ace, which is something he clearly knew how to do back in the day. Well, it may not be an actual freestyle here, but play along, lol! 4 out of 5

Terror (Masta Ace, Lord Digga, & Leschea, Produced by Ase One)
Ase One was clearly the highlight when it came to the production on this album, and this was another very good track from him. The title of this song would make you think something else, but it's actually on a different level. 3.5 out of 5

Da Answer (Masta Ace & Leschea, Produced by Ase One)
"Music is the answer", yes indeed. 3.5 out of 5

4 Da Mind (Featuring Cella Dwellas, Produced by Ase One)
This is a decent song with the basically short lived duo Cella Dwellas 3.5 out of 5

Born To Roll (Produced By: Ase One)
This was already included on the "Slaughtahouse" album. 

The Phat Kat Ride (Masta Ace & Lord Digga, Produced by Louie Vega)
This is basically a remix/part 2 to "The I.N.C. Ride", and it's just as good. 4 out of 5

Oh man, I'm actually slightly torn on the rating for this album. It starts off on an awesome note with SEVEN hot tracks, but once we hit the middle portion of the album, things start to slow down a bit. It doesn't affect the quality of the album overall. Although I didn't own this in 95, that year was SUCH a memorable year for me that I instantly get that vibe even when I listen to an album that I didn't own at the time from that year. That's a good thing too. I like this one a little more than "Slaughtahouse". I was close to raising it to 4.5 stars, but it's going to sit comfortably at a solid 4 stars, which is a step up from my initial 3.5 star rating.

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