This weekend (24th July 2015 to be precise) marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of Master Ace’s (later Masta Ace) seminal debut for the Cold Chillin’ label ‘Take A Look Around’. The second Marley Marl prodcued album we’ve mentioned in as many weeks, this album has a much lighter, more soulful feel than the likes of ‘Intelligent Hoodlum’. It’s arguably similarly varied lyrically however, with a bias toward social commentary, there are also a couple of straight up party tracks and a decent dose of humour (see Me & The Biz). The 15 track album is not short on singles: ‘Together b/w Letter to the Better’ preceded the album, released on Prism in 1989. A remix of the B-side appears on ‘Take A Look Around’. ‘Music Man’, ‘Movin On’ and ‘Me & The Biz’ were all released subsequently. ‘I Gotta’ (which formed the B-side to ‘Me & The Biz’ was released separately as an A-Side in the UK, with UK only remixes from London’s Brixton Bass.
The album comes in at #22 in Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1990. ‘Me & The Biz’ comes in at #35 in Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1990. The Brixton Bass Remix of ‘I Gotta’ features on our Classic Material Edition #4 mixtape.
No official Youtube stream for the album currently exists, although you can find a pretty reliable stream of the full LP on Youtube here.
[Purchase physical copies / check release details on Discogs here]