Escape from Havana

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Escape From Havana
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Studio album by Mellow Man Ace
Released August 30, 1989 (1989-08-30)
Genre Hip hop, Latin rap
Length 54:29
Label Capitol
Producer
Mellow Man Ace chronology
Escape from Havana
(1989)
The Brother with Two Tongues
(1992)
Singles from Escape from Havana
  1. "Rhyme Fighter"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Mentirosa"
    Released: March 9, 1990
  3. "If You Were Mine"
    Released: 1990

Escape from Havana is the debut album by rapper Mellow Man Ace. It was released on August 30, 1989 by Capitol Records. Production for the album was contributed by the Dust Brothers, Tony G, Def Jef, DJ Muggs and Johnny Rivers. The album received a positive reception from critics who praised the East Coast and Latin-influenced production and lyricism. Escape from Havana peaked at number 69 on the Billboard 200 and spawned three singles: "Rhyme Fighter", "Mentirosa" and "If You Were Mine".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
People (positive)[2]
RapReviews (7.5/10)[3]

Escape from Havana garnered positive reviews from music critics who praised the production and lyrics for being a great mix of East Coast and Latin-flavored styles. Alex Henderson of AllMusic praised the album's amalgam of hardcore tracks and mainstream love ballads that showcase Ace's ability as a bilingual rapper, concluding that "Ace, like a lot of rappers, spends too much time boasting about his microphone skills. Nonetheless, Escape From Havana is an individualistic, risk-taking work that's well worth hearing."[1] A writer for People also praised the language duality of Ace's lyrical flow, noting his Spanish delivery as being the better language, concluding with, "But it's when he drops into the loving tongue that his music becomes truly distinctive and exciting. Muy bien, Mellow Man."[2] In a retrospective review, Matt Jost of RapReviews said that despite following late '80s hip-hop trends he praised Tony G and the Dust Brothers for their creative use of samples and Ace's lyrical delivery for crafting an album that's less exploitive of Latin culture and more inventive in its given genre, saying that "Pop or hip-hop, Mellow Man Ace was willing (and able) to cater to almost everyone except the gangsta segment. He could pen love songs, he could take a lyrical approach, he could be goofy, he could battle, and he managed to find different forms of expression depending on theme or track."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Hip Hop Creature" Dust Brothers 4:01
2. "Mentirosa" Tony G 4:20
3. "Rhyme Fighter" Tony G 5:12
4. "If You Were Mine" Dust Brothers 4:41
5. "River Cubano" DJ Muggs 4:26
6. "Rap Guanco" Tony G 4:27
7. "Mas Pingon" Dust Brothers 5:17
8. "Gettin' Stupid" Johnny Rivers 4:53
9. "Talkapella" 3:56
10. "B-Boy In Love" Tony G 4:40
11. "En La Casa" Def Jef 4:11
12. "Enquenteran Amor" Dust Brothers 5:09
Notes
  • "If You Were Mine" features uncredited vocals by Sen Dog.

Samples[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[14] 69
US Latin Pop Albums (Billboard)[15] 7
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[16] 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Escape from Havana - Mellow Man Ace". AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Picks and Pans Review: Escape from Havana". People. Time Inc. October 23, 1989. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Jost, Matt (May 30, 2006). "Mellow Man Ace :: Escape From Havana :: Capitol Records". RapReviews. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hip Hop Creature - Mellow Man Ace". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Mentirosa - Mellow Man Ace". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Rhyme Fighter - Mellow Man Ace". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ "If You Were Mine - Mellow Man Ace". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ "River Cubano - Mellow Man Ace". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Man Pingon - Mellow Man Ace". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Gettin' Stupid - Mellow Man Ace". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Talkapella - Mellow Man Ace". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ "B-Boy in Love - Mellow Man Ace". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  13. ^ "En La Casa - Mellow Man Ace". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Mellow Man Ace – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Mellow Man Ace. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  15. ^ "Mellow Man Ace – Chart history" Billboard Latin Pop Albums for Mellow Man Ace. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  16. ^ "Mellow Man Ace – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Mellow Man Ace. Retrieved January 27, 2016.