Take a Look Around
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Studio album by Masta Ace


July 24, 1990


June 1989 - April 1990


House of Hits
(Chestnut Ridge, New York)
Libra Digital Sound
(Long Island City, New York)


Golden age hip hop, Conscious hip hop, East Coast hip hop




Cold Chillin' Records / Reprise Records


Tyrone Williams (exec.), Marley Marl, Benny Medina (exec.), Mister Cee, Masta Ace (co.)

Masta Ace chronology


SlaughtaHouse (1993)

Take a Look Around is the debut studio album by American rapper Masta Ace (then known as Master Ace), released in July 24, 1990 on Cold Chillin' Records with distribution by Reprise Records. Recording sessions were held at House of Hits in Chestnut Ridge, New York and Libra Digital Sound in Long Island City from July 1989 to April 1990. Production was handled by Marley Marl and Mister Cee, with co-production from Master Ace himself. It included a guest appearance from the Eyceurokk (consists of Eyce, Uneek and Rokk Diesel).

The album peaked at #38 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Take A Look Around spawned the singles: "Together", "Letter to the Better", "Music Man", "Movin' On" and "Me and the Biz" (which reached #8 on the Hot Rap Singles and #47 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts).

Music videos were created for the songs: "Music Man" and "Me and the Biz".

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs written, performed and co-produced by Master Ace. "As I Reminisce" features Eyceurokk.

No. Title Producer(s) Time
1. "Music Man" Marley Marl 4:03
2. "I Got Ta" DJ Mister Cee 4:27
3. "Letter to the Better (Remix)" Marley Marl 3:15
4. "Me and the Biz" Marley Marl 5:11
5. "The Other Side of Town" Marley Marl 4:52
6. "Ace Iz Wild" Marley Marl 4:51
7. "Four Minus Three" Marley Marl 3:56
8. "Can't Stop the Bumrush" DJ Mister Cee 5:09
9. "Movin' On" Marley Marl 4:31
10. "Brooklyn Battles" Marley Marl 3:52
11. "Maybe Next Time" Marley Marl 4:39
12. "Postin' High" DJ Mister Cee 4:50
13. "As I Reminisce" DJ Mister Cee 5:02
14. "Take a Look Around" Marley Marl 4:32
15. "Together" Marley Marl 5:38

Samples[edit | edit source]

Music Man

I Got Ta

  • "Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing" by James Brown

Letter to the Better

  • "Take Some...Leave Some" by James Brown
  • "Think (About It)" by Lyn Collins
  • "Mickey's Monkey" by The Miracles
  • "Keep on Dancing" by Alvin Cash

Me and the Biz

  • "The Message" by Cymande

The Other Side of Town

  • "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by Lee Dorsey
  • "The Other Side of Town" by Curtis Mayfield
  • "UFO" by ESG

Ace Iz Wild

  • "C'mon Children" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • "Escape-Ism" by James Brown

Four Minus Three

  • "Hard to Handle" by Otis Redding

Can't Stop The Bumrush

  • "Razor Blade" by Little Royal and The Swingmasters
  • "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown

Movin' On

  • "Keep on Movin'" by Soul II Soul
  • "Kissing My Love" by Bill Withers
  • "Don't Take It Personal" by Jermaine Jackson

Brooklyn Battles

  • "If You Let Me" by Eddie Kendricks
  • "Go Stetsa I" by Stetsasonic

Maybe Next Time

  • "(You're Puttin') a Rush on Me" by Stephanie Mills
  • "Soul Power" by James Brown

Postin' High

  • "Street Life" by The Crusaders
  • "High" by Skyy

As I Reminisce

  • "N.T." by Kool & the Gang
  • "One Man Band (Plays All Alone)" by Monk Higgins feat. The Specialties

Take A Look Around

  • "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron


  • "Do You Have Time" by The Younghearts
  • "Sharing the Night" by Arthur Alexander
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