One of my favorite rap albums of all time. So many memories of playing this in the summer, hanging with your boys, and staying out late.
Crunching Numbers: Masta Ace Videos (via @getondowntweets)
To celebrate the re-release of Masta Ace Incorporated’s criminally underrated album, “Sittin’ on Chrome“, we decided to re-visit the album seventeen years from its original release.
As we cracked open the Limited Edition 3CD Boxset and the nostalgia of the 90′s coursed through our veins, we realized a couple of things. First off let’s be clear, Ace one of the most unheralded, slept-on MC’s- period. From his early days as a member of the Juice Crew, on through to his most recent collaboration album with MF Doom, Ace has never really received the shine he deserved. In a career which has spanned over four decades, he is continuously overlooked and rarely included on the ever-so-prestigious list of ‘Greatest Rappers from Brooklyn’.
Now this album in particular, has not only held up over time, but actually, it has gotten better! The production, which was mostly handled by Ace himself under his moniker, Ase One, had a super West Coast sound and coming from a Brooklyn cat at that time, this was unfamiliar territory for an East Coast rapper. (Yes, this is before Going, Going, Back Back, To Cali Cali..)
As we continued our trip down memory lane, we had another important revelation. In re-familiarizing ourselves with the album, we realized what a serious influence all things car-related had on many of his tracks. You can feel it in the bass-thumping, trunk-ready beats. You can hear it in the verses of the songs. Duh, it’s even clear in the song names and album title. Whether it was rims, cars with kits, low riders, drop tops, Ace and the I-N-C both obviously had an affinity for whips, dudes loved ‘em all.
At this point we decided it would be fun to do a bit more investigating. So, as we’ve done in the past, we took to YouTube and dug through the collection of his videos from that era. What we discovered was that not only did his music hold a great influence of the car lifestyle, but his videos did too !! Car Shows, kitted-out whips, fly sports cars, trucks, rims, tricked out classics appear everywhere! See for yourself how the numbers breakdown. [Read More…]