Hip hop: Masta Ace Incorporated – Turn It Up
Turn It Up is a classic ‘Brooklyn Bass’ joint from Masta Ace Incorporated. Produced by Masta Ace himself under his ‘Ase One’ moniker, Turn It Up is a laid back and funked out joint, with smooth rnb vocals by Leschea and based on a Roy Ayers sample. Brooklyn Bass was a term coined by Ace, describing his East Coast take on the West Coast gangsta rap / G-funk sound.
It appeared on Masta Ace’s second album, ’94s Sittin’ On Chrome, which was the second and last album he recorded with Masta Ace Incorporated. The crew split in ’96 due to differences between Ace with Lord Digga and Paula Perry. After the split, Ace dropped off the scene for quite a few years until dropping Disposable Arts in 2001 and A Long Hot Summer in 2004, an album which has held an absolutely revered status among my TGDK homeboys ever since its release. Shit is straight fire and has provided the soundtrack to much summer drinkin’ and many graffiti jams over the years.
By the way, you can thank Intergalactic FM for this track. Heard this track on their Rap Attack station a few days back and was instantly inspired to dig up this dope and admittedly almost forgotten 12″ from my collection.