Hear A Rare Masta Ace Track From 1987 (Audio)
For more than 25 years, Masta Ace has been a “Music Man.” Back in 1988, Brownsville, Brooklyn’s master storyteller appeared on the archetypal posse cut, Marley Marl’s “The Symphony,” alongside his Juice Crew cohorts.
However, the would-be star of Masta Ace Inc. and The EMC was cutting records in Marley’s basement as far back as 1987. Before he was cashing checks for Prism, Cold Chillin’/Warner Bros., Delicious Vinyl, Fat Beats, and now Penalty Records, the unsigned talent was pure, raw talent.
UnKut.com posted a 1987 demo called “Howard Park,” by Masta Ace. The track was liberated by historian/producer Will C. You can hear a lot of what has been consistent in Masta Ace’s music ever since in this cut when the lyricist was believed to be 21 years old: