Take a Look Around
Take a Look Around
Studio album by Masta Ace


24 July 1990


1988-1990 at Marley Marl's House of Hits


Hip hop




Cold Chillin'/Reprise/Warner Bros.


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

Masta Ace chronology


SlaughtaHouse (1993)

Take a Look Around is the debut album by American rapper Masta Ace (then known as Master Ace), released in 1990 on Cold Chillin' Records. After debuting on the classic posse cut "The Symphony" with other members of the Juice Crew in 1988, Ace began recording the album that same year. It features production work by Marley Marl and Mister Cee, and guest appearances by members of Eyceurokk, a trio that would later become a part of the group Masta Ace Incorporated.

The album is perhaps best remembered for the song "Me and the Biz", which was supposed to be a collaboration between Ace and Biz Markie. However, Biz was unable to appear at the studio for its recording, so Ace instead paid tribute to Biz by performing his own unorthodox impression of Biz's signature style.

The album peaked at #38 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Its single, "Me and the Biz" reached #8 on the Hot Rap Singles and #47 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts.

Track listingEdit

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
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