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Format: CD
Sku: 60371704
UPC: 731454208222
UPC 14: 00731454208222
Release Date: 11/30/1999
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro ~ Rakim
2. Flow Forever ~ Rakim
3. When I B On The Mic ~ Rakim
4. Finest Ones - (featuring Clark Kent) ~ Rakim
5. All Night Long ~ Rakim
6. State Of Hip Hop Interlude ~ Rakim
7. Uplift ~ Rakim
8. I Know ~ Rakim
9. It's The R ~ Rakim
10. I'll Be There - (featuring Nneaka Morton) ~ Rakim
11. It's A Must - (featuring Rahzel) ~ Rakim
12. Real Shit ~ Rakim
13. How I Get Down ~ Rakim
14. L.I. Interlude ~ Rakim
15. Strong Island ~ Rakim
16. Waiting For The World To End ~ Rakim
17. We'll Never Stop - (featuring Connie McKendrick) ~ Rakim

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Rakim (vocals); DJ Clark Kent (vocals, drums, programming, scratches); Rahzel (vocals, sound effects, beat box); Nneaka Morton, Connie McKendrick (vocals); Punch (various instruments, programming); Ron Lawrence (keyboards, bass); Naughty Shorts, Big Jaz (keyboards, programming); Kevin Osborne, Ted Berkey (keyboards); DJ Slice (bass, scratches); Andy Katz (bass); Trevor Randolph (drums, programming); V.I.C. (percussion, programming); 45 King (programming).
Muze PNote Producers include: DJ Premier, Ron Lawrence, Jaz-O, Clark Kent, Big Jaz.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Cus, Andy Katz, 45 King.
Muze PNote With an MC as talented as Rakim is, there is always the threat that the production will not live up to his superior lyrical flow. 1997's THE 18TH LETTER may not have been the classic record hip-hop purists were waiting for, but it definitely didn't disappoint. 1999's THE MASTER is a pleasant reminder that Rakim is still at the peak of his game.
Muze PNote So how does the production fit into the equation? Luckily, the producers assembled for this go 'round are reverent enough to not take their opportunities lightly. DJ Premier comes correct as always with two solid tracks, "When I B on Tha Mic" and "Waiting for the World to End." Other standouts include Punch's party anthem "All Night Long," Big Jaz's "It's a Must" (featuring guest vocal scratches by Rahzel), and Amen-Ra's "Uplift." But it's the 45 King who produces the most timeless track, "How I Get Down," which has a nostalgic feel without sounding dated. It's this song that reminds us of the early days, and what hip-hop used to be, and what it has become. Rakim remains one of the few MC's who manage to ease the blow of change while keeping rap moving forward at the same time.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Rahzel
Muze Guest Artist Clark Kent
Muze Guest Artist Nneaka Morton
Muze Guest Artist Connie McKendrick

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 3-Old School Rap
Muze Music Compilations Full Clip-A Decade Of Gang Starr (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Chant Down Babylon
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Jody Watley-Millennium (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rotten Apple (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Lincoln Lawyer (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Roots
Muze Music Compilations Hunting Party
Muze Music Compilations Organization Of Pop:music From The Fi
Muze Music Compilations Essential Hip Hop Vol 6
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 2.1 (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)

Associated Artists and Works

B., Eric
Paid in Full ~ B., Eric
Paid In Full (Expanded Edition) ~ B., Eric
Follow The Leader (Expanded Edition) ~ B., Eric
B., Eric (Dance)
Linkin Park

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/29/1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1999
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5420822
Music Label Name Label : Universal Distribution
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731454208222

Professional Reviews

Q (2/00, p.92)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...[his] nasal, elongated New York vowels, simple cadences and tough monotone defined the state of the art....The best tracks feature the best guests and producers, with DJ Premier injecting adrenalin into 'When I B On Tha Mic'..."

Muzik (2/00, p.72)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...Next to most of its contemporaries this album stands out as a wonderful example of a man at ease with his lyrical art....There is the odd treat, like the single 'When I Be On The Mic'....Other gems include the Rahzel collabo 'It's A Must'..."

CMJ (12/20/99, p.22)
- "...Rakim melts the mic on the aptly titled, jeep-rockin' THE MASTER....[his] lyrical flow is amazingly strong as aever. On several tracks, Rakim samples classic Erik B. & Rakim the timeless wordsmith a classic edge."

Vibe (2/00, p.167)
- "...THE MASTER shows glimpses of that old rap magic. 'It's the R' is a coolly dispensed rhyme exercise that rides a bluesy Curtis Mayfield guitar loop..."

Vibe (2/00, p.167)
- "...THE MASTER shows glimpses of that old rap magic. 'It's the R' is a coolly dispensed rhyme exercise that rides a bluesy Curtis Mayfield guitar loop..."

The Source (1/00, p.191)
- 3.5 mics out of 5 - " avalanche of pure hip-hop rhythms - horns, basslines, scratches and kick drums....Hip-hop heads are gonna love it....straight Rakim..."

Melody Maker (12/21/99, p.93)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Ra has perfected a smooth, yet rhythmically complex, flow that still makes most other rappers sound like asthmatic warthogs with debilitating dental problems....He's still got it."

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