Master (Explicit Version) CD (1999)

Artist: Rakim

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Product Overview


Label Uni/universal Records
SKU 60371704
UPC 731454208222
UPC 14 00731454208222
Format CD
Release Date 11/30/1999
Author Rakim
Associated Artist/Work B., Eric
Associated Artist/Work B., Eric (Dance)
Associated Artist/Work Linkin Park
Technical Info
CatalogID 5420822
Lable Name Universal Distribution
Released 11/29/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 62m : 0s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731454208222
Musical Guests
Clark Kent
Nneaka Morton
Connie McKendrick
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Producers include: DJ Premier, Ron Lawrence, Jaz-O, Clark Kent, Big Jaz.
Engineers include: Cus, Andy Katz, 45 King.
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.
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.
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."
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Flow Forever
3 When I B On The Mic
4 Finest Ones - (featuring Clark Kent)
5 All Night Long
6 State Of Hip Hop Interlude
7 Uplift
8 I Know
9 It's The R
10 I'll Be There - (featuring Nneaka Morton)
11 It's A Must - (featuring Rahzel)
12 Real Shit
13 How I Get Down
14 L.I. Interlude
15 Strong Island
16 Waiting For The World To End
17 We'll Never Stop - (featuring Connie McKendrick)

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