Raptalk.net have been given the chance to talk with Hip Hop legend Masta Ace, for another quick question and answer session. Having released countless albums since 1990, Masta Ace is taking a new direction with his career by forming a new group called eMC consisting of himself, Wordsmith, Punchline & Sticklin. The new supergroup are set to release their debut album early next year entitled "The Show".
Masta sits down to speak on the new eMC project, what hes experienced so far in his career and his plans for the future. Make sure you check out the new eMC track called "What It Stand For?" at the end of the interview.
Dub MD: Masta Ace, What's good?
Masta Ace: All good, working hard to finish up this eMC album!
Dub MD: For those who don't know, could you just give a short review of what you've experienced in your rap career up until now?
Masta Ace: It's impossible to sum up in a few sentences but, 5 albums since 1990, participated on two very famous posse cuts, "The Symphony" 1989 & "Crooklyn" the title cut from Spike Lee's movie in 1996. World touring since 1991 and since 2001 been touring with Wordsworth, Punchline and Sticklin.
Dub MD: Coming from Brooklyn, what do you think of the New York music scene right now?
Masta Ace: Some good, some not so good! but overall New York has lost it's musical identity. There is no New York sound anymore. Most artists try to mesh with whatever is hot. The Dirty South is killing right now so a lot of New York artists feel the need to make those kinda songs.
Dub MD: A lot of people are saying "Hip Hop Is Dead" lately, how do you feel about the current state of hip hop?
Masta Ace: Maybe Hip Hip as we knew it is dead but honestly if the music hadn't evolved some since the early 90's it might be over by now. Some of us that remember that sound really miss it but the music needed to change shape with time. Hip Hop is different not dead!
Dub MD: Do you have a new project in the works? what's it called? and what can heads out there expect from it?
Masta Ace: The new project is a group called "eMC" featuring Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin. The album is being mixed and will be out February or March 2008. It's entitled "The Show".
"Overall New York has lost it's musical identity. There is no New York sound anymore. Most artists try to mesh with whatever is hot. The Dirty South is killing right now so a lot of New York artists feel the need to make those kinda songs"
Dub MD: With this project, what artists & producers are you connecting with this time round?
Masta Ace: We have production by Ayatollah, 9th Wonder, Frequency, The Are, Quincy Tones, Clip & Koolade to name a few. Little Brother, Sean Price and Lady Bug Mecca are featured also.
Dub MD: What's your label situation like just now?
Masta Ace: M3 Records / M3 HipHip.com same label different distribution as my last album.
Dub MD: What do you think is your most defining and unique characteristic that sets you apart from every other emcee out there?
Masta Ace: Being able to adapt and adjust to the changing Hip Hop climate without sounding like a copycat or an out dated old schooler.
Dub MD: If you could describe yourself as an emcee in 4 words, What would they be?
Masta Ace: Intense, Energetic, Perfectionist & Entertainer.
Dub MD: For your fans who haven't seen you perform yet, are you planning a worldwide tour anytime soon?
Masta Ace: November 24th / 25th in Mexico, November 30th / December 9th in Australia. Check the web sites www.mastace.com & www.myspace.com/mastaaceofficial
Dub MD: What is on tap for Masta Ace for the rest of 2007 and beyond?
Masta Ace: Working on a collaboration album with Edo G for next year and a DVD / EP project about my life and career for 2009.
Dub MD: Do you have anything to say to the fans? anything you wanna get off your chest? any shout outs?
Masta Ace: Shout out to eMC crew, Filthy Rich, DJ Rob, Katrina, Karin of Subotage (Germany) and my family!
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