Take a Look Around (album)

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Take a Look Around
Studio album by Masta Ace
Released July 24, 1990
Recorded 1988-1990
Genre Golden age hip hop
Length 64:04
Label Cold Chillin'/Reprise/Warner Bros.
Producer Marley Marl
Mister Cee
Masta Ace chronology
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Take a Look Around is the debut album from hip hop artist Masta Ace, originally known as Master Ace. After appearing on the classic hip hop crew cut "The Symphony" with the Juice Crew in 1988, Ace released his first single, "Together" b/w "Letter to the Better" in 1989. The former is included here, as well as a remixed version of "Letter to the Better." The album also featured two hip-hop hits, "Music Man" and "Me & the Biz," a tribute of sorts to labelmate Biz Markie, in which Ace plays the role of both himself and Biz (who reportedly couldn't make it to the studio for the actual collaboration he desired).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Music Man" (Produced by Marley Marl)
  2. "I Got Ta" (Produced by Mister Cee)
  3. "Letter to the Better [Remix]" (Produced by Marley Marl)
  4. "Me and the Biz" (Produced by Marley Marl)
  5. "The Other Side of Town" (Produced by Marley Marl)
  6. "Ace Iz Wild" (Produced by Marley Marl)
  7. "Four Minus Three" (Produced by Marley Marl)
  8. "Can't Stop the Bumrush" (Produced by Mister Cee)
  9. "Movin' On" (Produced by Marley Marl)
  10. "Brooklyn Battles" (Produced by Marley Marl)
  11. "Maybe Next Time" (Produced by Marley Marl)
  12. "Postin' High" (Produced by Mister Cee)
  13. "As I Reminisce" Featuring Eyceurokk (Produced by Mister Cee)
  14. "Take a Look Around" (Produced by Marley Marl)
  15. "Together" (Produced by Marley Marl)


Music Man

I Got Ta

Letter to the Better

Me and the Biz

The Other Side Of Town

Ace Iz Wild

Four Minus Three

Can't Stop The Bumrush

Movin' On

Brooklyn Battles

Maybe Next Time

Postin' High

As I Reminisce

Take a Look Around


Album singles[edit]

Album information
  • Released: 1989
  • B-side: "Letter to the Better"
Music Man
  • Released: 1990
  • B-side: "Ace Iz Wild"
Me & the Biz
  • Released: 1990
  • B-side: "I Got Ta"
Movin' On
  • Released: 1991
  • B-side: "Go Where I Send Thee"

Other Accomplishments[edit]

"Me And The Biz" was featured on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as a song in rotation on the fictional radio station Playback FM

Chart positions[edit]


Charts (1990) Peak
Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 38


Year Song Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1990 "Music Man" - 13
1990 "Me & The Biz" 47 8