To maintain any sort of relevance and longevity in todayâ€™s music landscape speaks for itself, but to do so for two decades speaks volumes; with the union of two of Hip-Hopâ€™s most respected and beloved emcees, Masta Ace and EDO. G, those unique talents are on full display as they combine to form A&E and will release a new LP Arts & Entertainment (which will be released nationally on 10-6-09).
Over the course of their illustrious careers, Masta Ace and EDO. G have moved the masses and influenced countless (Eminem counts Masta Ace as one of his biggest influences). From his auspicious origins as a member of the legendary Juice Crew, Masta Ace has given us numerous classics, from perhaps the greatest posse cut of all time (â€œThe Symphonyâ€ and perhaps another contender with â€œCrooklynâ€) to stand out singles from his highly-acclaimed solo-LPâ€™s including, â€œMusic Man,â€ â€œMe & The Biz,â€ â€œSlaughtahouse,â€ â€œBorn To Roll,â€ â€œJeep Ass Nigguh, â€œSitting On Chrome,â€ â€œGood Olâ€™ Loveâ€ and â€œBeautifulâ€ to just name a few. Aceâ€™s last two solo-LPâ€™s Disposable Arts and Long Hot Summer ended up on many prominent â€œBest Ofâ€ lists for those years.
EDOâ€™s catalog is equally as impressive! Genuinely considered the Godfather of Boston Hip-hop, EDO. G has crafted numerous classics (â€œBe A Father To Your Child,â€ â€œI Got To Have It,â€ â€œBug-A-Booâ€ and â€œLove Comes And Goesâ€ among others) and in 1991 “I Got To Have It” hit number one on the Billboard and YO! MTV Raps countdown. EDOâ€™s debut, Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto, sold over 600,000 units on the strength of his flawless portraits of inequalities in Roxbury and became his city’s first and only rap artist to ever go Gold. In the 15 years since, EDOâ€™s dropped four heralded LPs and two EPs, toured the world extensively, and collaborated with the likes of Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Nottz, KRS One, Common, Guru, Brand New Heavies, Sadat X, Black Thought and many, many others.
While EDO and Masta Ace have collaborated before previously, including a track, â€œWutuwanknoâ€ from Aceâ€™s A Long Hot Summer and â€œWishingâ€ from EDOâ€™s My Own Worst Enemy LP, their collaboration project Arts & Entertainment pairs them together for an entire LP and finds them collaborating with Large Professor, Posdnus of De La Soul, DOITALL of Lords Of The Underground, KRS-One, Chester French and Floetryâ€™s Marsha Ambrosious.
Using the better part of the last 18-months, EDO and Masta Ace were able to circumvent criss-crossing schedules, touring, and their own recording schedules to record over 30 tracks for Arts & Entertainment, though the beginning stages did have Masta Ace worried initially â€œto be honest, I was hesitant at first, because I didnâ€™t think weâ€™d be able to pull it off (logistically), but now I could not be more excited, because its so good!â€
For EDO, the pairing takes on a more historical perspective â€œfor me, this is the culmination of two legendary artists getting together for the right reasonâ€”to make a great album. We did not get together for the money, we got together to give fans the best LP of 2009. Ace and I are still at the top of our game lyrically and musically.â€
Masta Ace and EDO. Gâ€”there Art is your Entertainment!
Track listing and Credits for Masta Ace & EDO. Gâ€™s â€œArts & Entertainmentâ€:
1.) Hands High (produced by M-Phazes)
2.) Aâ€™s &Eâ€™s f/Marsha Ambrosious (produced by Baby Dooks)
3.) Fans f/Large professor produced by (DJ Supreme One)
4.) Little Young produced by (M-Phazes)
5.) Ei8ht Is Enough (produced by Frank Dukes)
6.) Good Music f/Posdnus of De La Soul (produced by DJ Spinna)
7.) Pass The Mic f/KRS-One (Produced by Double-O of Kidz In The Hall)
8.) Reminds Me (produced by DJ Supreme One)
9.) Round And Round f/DOITALL of Lords Of The Underground (Produced by DJ Supreme One)
10.) Over There (produced by M-Phazes)
11.) Here I Go f/Jamelle Bundy (produced by Rain)
12.) Dancing Like A W.G. f/Chester French & Pav Bundy (produced by Pav Bundy)
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