The Master (album)

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The Master
Studio album by Rakim
Released November 30, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre Hip hop
Label Universal Records
542 082
Producer DJ Premier, Clark Kent, The 45 King, Jaz-O, TR Love, Nick Wiz, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen, Mike "Punch" Harper, Naughty Shorts
Rakim chronology
The 18th Letter
(1997)
The Master
(1999)
The Seventh Seal
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Independent 4/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Daily News 3/4 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[4]
NME (7/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[7]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[8]
Vibe (mixed)[9]
The Village Voice (unfavorable)[10]

The Master is the second solo album by American American hip hop recording artist Rakim, released November 30, 1999, on Universal Records. It serves as the follow-up to Rakim's debut solo album, The 18th Letter (1997). This album would be Rakim's last studio album for nearly a decade, until 2009's The Seventh Seal.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer Length
1 Intro Rakim 1:22
2 Flow Forever Clark Kent 4:11
3 When I B on tha Mic DJ Premier 3:42
4 Finest Ones (featuring Clark Kent) Clark Kent 4:24
5 All Night Long Punch 4:27
6 State of Hip-Hop Interlude Rakim 0:39
7 Uplift Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen 3:09
8 I Know TR Love 4:07
9 It's the R Clark Kent 4:15
10 I'll Be There (featuring Nneka Morton) Naughty Shorts 5:10
11 It's a Must (featuring Rahzel) Big Jaz 4:24
12 Real Shit Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen 4:21
13 How I Get Down The 45 King 4:05
14 L.I. Interlude Rakim 0:53
15 Strong Island Rakim 4:34
16 Waiting for the World to End DJ Premier 4:05
17 We'll Never Stop (featuring Connie McKendrick) Nick Wiz 4:19

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Chart history[edit]

Album
Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1999 The Master #72 #7
Singles
Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
2000 When I B On Tha Mic - - #20

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. Review: The Master. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.
  2. ^ Perry, Tim. Review: The Master. The Independent. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.
  3. ^ Columnist. "Review: The Master". Los Angeles Daily News: December 3, 1999.
  4. ^ Baker, Soren. Review: The Master. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.
  5. ^ Columnist. Review: The Master. NME. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.
  6. ^ Hoard, Christian. "Review: The Master". Rolling Stone: 674–675. November 2, 2004.
  7. ^ Columnist. "Review: The Master". The Source: 191. January 2000.
  8. ^ Jones, Steve. "Review: The Master". USA Today: 04.D. November 30, 1999. Archived from the original on 2009-08-21.
  9. ^ Chairman Mao. "Review: The Master". Vibe: 167. February 2000.
  10. ^ Lewis, Miles Marshall. Review: The Master. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.

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