Arts & Entertainment [Explicit Lyrics]

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With his acclaimed 2001 release Disposable Arts, veteran MC Masta Ace proved himself a master -- no pun intended -- of the concept LP, stringing the story of a recently released convict back in the world over 24 engrossing tracks. Ever since, Ace's full-length efforts 2004's A Long Hot Summer as well as 2008's The Show with his group eMC, have followed suit, with each individual track acting as an extension of a central narrative. Seen in this light, Arts and Entertainment -- a 50/50 collabo LP with Edo G -- is a bit of a step back. The A & E "Ace & Ed" shtick proves extremely malleable and finds new life in each song, while the album itself is framed by the concept of a TV-addicted couple glued to the tube. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
With his acclaimed 2001 release Disposable Arts, veteran MC Masta Ace proved himself a master -- no pun intended -- of the concept LP, stringing the story of a recently released convict back in the world over 24 engrossing tracks. Ever since, Ace's full-length efforts 2004's A Long Hot Summer as well as 2008's The Show with his group eMC, have followed suit, with each individual track acting as an extension of a central narrative. Seen in this light, Arts and Entertainment -- a 50/50 collabo LP with Edo G -- is a bit of a step back. The A & E "Ace & Ed" shtick proves extremely malleable and finds new life in each song, while the album itself is framed by the concept of a TV-addicted couple glued to the tube. From start to finish, the two old-timers show that the passing years haven't done anything to dull their mike skills. The opening track, "Hands High," is a lively, party-oriented banger. From there, the duo gets a tad righteous alongside the Large Professor on "Fans," a DJ Supreme One-produced love letter to hip-hop fanatics. On "A's & E's," Ace and Ed let loose an impressive barrage of alliteration-fueled verses, while the snarky "Little Young" sees the two seasoned vets running down a thorough list of all the hip-hop artists who utilize "Little" and "Young" in their stage names. Elsewhere, they indulge in memory lane reminiscing on the soulful "Reminds Me," the heartfelt "Here I Go," and the true-school revivalist "Over There." Ace and Ed even try their hand at hipster-hop alongside Chester French and Pav Bundy on the over-the-top album closer "Dancin' Like a White Girl." Consistently above-bar production from the likes of M-Phazes, Frank Dukes, Rain, and Double O of Kidz in the Hall combined with intelligent lyricism from a pair of MC legends make Arts and Entertainment a must for hip-hop purists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • Label: Traffic Ent.
  • UPC: 125211817725
  • Catalog Number: 18177
  • Sales rank: 88,322

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 T.V. Night (0:47)
  2. 2 Hands High (3:41)
  3. 3 Fans (4:16)
  4. 4 A's E's (This What We Do) (4:00)
  5. 5 Rocsi (0:36)
  6. 6 Little Young (3:07)
  7. 7 Reminds Me (2:40)
  8. 8 Black Ice Interlude (0:39)
  9. 9 Good Music (4:02)
  10. 10 Power Out (0:38)
  11. 11 Pass Da Mic (3:13)
  12. 12 Over There (3:12)
  13. 13 Round and Round (3:31)
  14. 14 Hot Wangs (0:45)
  15. 15 Ei8ht Is Enuff (3:11)
  16. 16 Here I Go Again (3:17)
  17. 17 You Me & Some Snacks (0:34)
  18. 18 Dancin' Like a White Girl (5:17)
  19. 19 [Untitled] (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ace & Edo Primary Artist
Ed O.G Indexed Contributor
Maxwell Drummey Guitar
Technical Credits
Rick Essig Mastering
Filthy Rich Engineer
DJ Spinna Producer
Baby Dooks Producer
Double O Producer
Robert Alphonse Art Direction
Baby Dooks Producer
M-Phazes Producer
Frank Dukes Producer
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