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  • Summary: 9th Wonder is among the producers on the veteran Brooklyn MC's fifth full-length (rumored to be his last), a prequel to previous disc ?Disposable Arts.' Guests include Rahzel, Jean Grae and The Beatnuts.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Shorter than its predecessor, it is also a more cohesive and even effort, making Ace and Brooklyn the focal points of this hour plus narrative told in the now trademark laid-back manner.
  2. 80
    Though his singles may not rule radio, as far as full-lengths go, this is how it should be done. [Sep 2004, p.233]
  3. 80
    A gem. [Nov 2004, p.98]
  4. Wise beyond his decades, Masta Ace stands at the altar with lyrical depth as his bride.
  5. Unfortunately, A Long Hot Summer starts slowly. In fact, when you cop this album, do yourself a favor and skip the first five tracks.
  6. 70
    The record falters only when Ace recounts a gangster parable about shady dealings with a certain Fats Belvedere. [Sep 2004, p.116]
  7. His new album isn’t quite as good as Disposable Arts, but it’s similarly engaging--he is both confident and insecure, and this incongruity defines his music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. branden
    Jan 15, 2007
    this album...along with disposable arts are both a ten! I will buy anything this man puts out. definitely worth repeated listens.
  2. KoosG
    Aug 19, 2004
    Damn boys! The shit. Never stop Ace. One Love from Amsterdam!
  3. hollywood
    Sep 28, 2004
    A classic ......period
  4. [Anonymous]
    Aug 21, 2004
    I dont really give tens... but it was an amazing album
  5. Jay.Soul
    Sep 18, 2004
    If u like your hip-hop clever, insightful, witty, honest and full of love for the art and life - this is for u. Ace has done it again: another SOLID album. I hate the idea that he's quitting. Oh - and don't skip the first 5 tracks as one reviewer says! Expand
  6. asimr
    Sep 29, 2004
    Its not as good as i thought but a good effort from Ace... In my opinion, i would rate "Disposable Arts" a ten. Favorites in this album include "wutuwanko" & "revelations". Its sad to see this being his last album becasue he is one of those rappers which you can really feel his lyrics. Expand