Disposable Arts

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Disposable Arts
Studio album by Masta Ace
Released October 16, 2001 (2001-10-16)
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Hip Hop
Length 72:34
Label JCOR Records
Producer Masta Ace
Luis Tineo
Paul Nice
Gerrard C. Baker
Rodney Hunter
DJ Rob
DJ 3D & DJ A.Vee
Deacon Da Villain
Masta Ace chronology
Sittin' On Chrome
(1995)Sittin' On Chrome1995
Disposable Arts
A Long Hot Summer
(2004)A Long Hot Summer2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
HipHopDX.com 4.5/5 stars [2]
RapReviews.com (8/10) [3]
Rolling Stone (Positive) [4]
The A.V. Club (Positive) [5]

Disposable Arts is the second solo album by American rapper Masta Ace, his first album since 1995's Sittin' On Chrome. The concept follows a young Brooklyn man's release from prison, his return home, and his life at "The Institute of Disposable Arts", a school in which Ace enrolls after realizing how bad the situation in Brooklyn is. The album sold poorly compared to his previous albums, but was very well received by fans and critics. The concept is considered by many to be one of the best on a rap album. The cover art is a parody of his "Sittin' on Chrome" days, showing Masta Ace sitting on a seat on the street instead. Included on the album is the song "Acknowledge", a notable diss track to rapper Boogeyman and group The High & Mighty. The song "Unfriendly Game" was used in the TV series The Wire and is included on one of its soundtracks. The song "Take A Walk" was used in the video game Saints Row, and was found on one of the various in game radio stations.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s) Sample(s)
1 "The Release" *Interlude*
2 "Too Long" D. Clear, K. Givens Masta Ace Masta Ace, Apocalypse
3 "Block Episode" D. Clear, L. Tineo, R. Truell, V. Johnson Luis "Sabor" Tineo Masta Ace, Punch & Words *"Lo Mismo Que Tu" by Leonardo Favio
4 "IDA Commercial" Tonedeff
5 "Don't Understand" D. Clear, P. Killanski, G. Mays Paul Nice Masta Ace, Greg Nice *"Easier to Love" by Sister Sledge
6 "Goodbye Lisa" *Interlude*
7 "Hold U" D. Clear, L. Dorrell, T. Ibrahim Ayatollah Masta Ace, Jean Grae *"Make It Easy on Yourself" by Dionne Warwick
8 "Every Other Day" D. Clear, T. Raic, L. Griffith Xplicit Masta Ace, Sas, Mr. Lee Gee
9 "Roommates Meet" *Interlude* MC Paul Barman
10 "Take a Walk" D. Clear, G. Baker, K. Givens Gerrard C. Baker Masta Ace, Apocalypse *"Lazy Day" by Spanky & Our Gang
11 "Something's Wrong" D. Clear, M. Sasek, S. Stricklin, D. Battle Koolade Masta Ace, Strick, Young Zee
12 "The Classes" *Interlude*
13 "Acknowledge" D. Clear, T. Raic, N. Jones Xplicit Masta Ace *"Home" by Aria feat. Rebecca Luker
*"John Blaze" by Fat Joe(vocals by Nas)
*"Moment of Truth" by Gang Starr(vocals by Guru)
14 "Enuff" D. Clear, R. Hunter, L. Griffith Rodney Hunter Masta Ace, Mr. Lee Gee *"Share a Little Love in Your Heart" by Love Unlimited Orchestra
15 "Watching the Game" *Interlude*
16 "Unfriendly Game" D. Clear, L. Tineo, S. Stricklin Luis "Sabor" Tineo Masta Ace, Strick *"Ya Lo Se Que Tu Te Vas" by Lupita D'Alessio
17 "Alphabet Soup" D. Clear, D. Padilla Domingo Masta Ace *"Wind, Blow Her Back My Way" by Syl Johnson
18 "Dear Yvette" D. Clear, R. Alphonse, L. Morris, J. Harrell DJ Rob Masta Ace, Jane Doe *"Dear Yvette" by LL Cool J
19 "I Like Dat" D. Clear, W. Bagley, A. Val, V. Johnson, R. Truell The Courts Production Co. (DJ 3D & DJ A.Vee) Masta Ace, Punchline & Wordsworth *"Harvey's Tune" by Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills
20 "P.T.A. (Planes, Trains, Automobiles)" D. Clear, W. Polk III, R. McBride, J. Robinson Deacon The Villain Masta Ace, King Tee, J-Ro
21 "Type I Hate" D. Clear, D. Padilla, R. Fisher, S. Boatwright Domingo Masta Ace, Rah Digga, Leschea *"Autumn of Our Love" by Spyro Gyra
22 "Dear Diary" D. Clear, D. Padilla Domingo Masta Ace *"Dear Diary" by Moody Blues
23 "Last Rights" *Interlude*
24 "No Regrets" D. Clear, D. Padilla Domingo Masta Ace *"The Edge" by David Axelrod


  • Correction Officer: Tony Hanna
  • IDA Commercial: Tonedeff
  • Lisa: Jane Doe
  • Paul the Roommate: MC Paul Barman
  • Caller from home: Strick
  • Tyreek: Jugga
  • Newscaster: Blaise Dupuy
  • Bitch Nigga callers: Uneek & Drugga
  • Interviewer: Chyrisse Turner

Album singles[edit]

Album information
Don't Understand
  • Released: 2001
  • B-side: "Acknowledge"


Chart (2001) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 90