DJ Premier & Evidence Add A Chapter To Masta Ace & Marco Polo’s Breukelen Story
There are very few Hip-Hop artists who started in the 1980s that are arguably making some of the best music of their careers in the late 2010s. Masta Ace is one of those MCs. Throughout the last 30 years, Ace has always remained relevant. The Brooklyn, New Yorker, who used to produce under the alias Ase One, gave an amazing NPR “Tiny Desk” concert in 2018, as well as dropping A Breukelen Story with producer Marco Polo. That Fat Beats Records album was named one of Ambrosia For Heads‘ best of last year.
While there are plenty of highlights on the album, “Eat,” featuring Evidence and DJ Premier, arrives as a bonus carryover that has amazing quality. The song is special for a number of reasons. The beat is quintessential Preemo. Twenty-five years after Ace left a message on Premier’s answering machine for “Aiiight Chill,” the chemistry shows patience and preparation. The way the Gang Starr musical half chops and loops the sample is unmistakable. Meanwhile, the drums somehow sound dirty and clean at the same time.
Ace kicks the intro verse and the closer, while Evidence gets down between the hooks. Both spit standout punchlines but the Brownsville vet demonstrates his witty wordplay in his verse: “Evolve and transcend / But always keep it tucked like trans men / Everywhere this man’s been / Fans know, my catalog thicker than Land’s End.”
Masta Ace has confirmed that a video for his and Marco’s Pharoahe Monch-assisted “The Fight” is coming soon. Heads can see Ambrosia For Head‘ extensive conversation with Ace and Polo (as well as a separate, interview) at AFH TV. We are currently offering free 30-day trials.