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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
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  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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6