Nas and Jay-Z both released their comeback albums in 2001, but at least they were still dropping album on a regular basis leading up to it. Masta Ace on the other hand, was largely inactive between ’95 when he released Sittin’ on Chrome to ‘01’s Disposable Arts.
But all it took was an interesting storyline and unique thematic concept, thoughtfully written rhymes, understated, though effective sonic backdrop, and a lot of hunger to show that Ace was back and sharper than ever.
As one of the flagship members of the legendary Juice Crew, Masta Ace’s style emphasised deep lyricism, strongly-written rhymes and an articulate delivery.
Disposable Arts contained all those traits but also revealed him to be a thoughtful and consistent songwriter. He holds down the entire album (24 tracks) with only a few guest verses, crafts interesting and poignant conceptual tracks and manages to create a flowing storyline with brilliant standalone tracks.
If there was ever a doubt that Masta Ace was one of the most talented and reliable emcees in the game, Disposable Arts should clear it up.