Published Tue, March 14, 2023 at 11:30 AM EDT
Masta Ace was a recent guest on People's Party with Talib Kweli where they discussed the great Hip-Hop album releases of 1988, and why the year was so special.
"1988 was the year that you graduated from the University of Rhode Island, so your life is beginning," Kweli tells Masta Ace.
Talib then proceeds with a robust list of '88 Hip-Hop releases that include In Control by Marley Marl, Goin Off by Biz Markie, Straight Outta Compton by NWA, Follow The Leader by Eric B & Rakim, Born To Be Wild by MC Shan, It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy, Long Live The Kane by Big Daddy Kane and several others.
"That's the foundation of the best Hip-Hop that has ever been created," Kweli says, to Masta Ace's agreement.
I don't know what happened, but for that many impactful albums to drop in the same year is unbelievable to me.
- Masta Ace
When Talib asks Ace why he thinks that so much heat was released that year, Ace goes cosmic. "I believe that the stars and the moon were aligned," he replied. "That year was crazy. Everybody was in the studio that year crankin' out joints. I don't know what happened, but for that many impactful albums to drop in the same year is unbelievable to me. I'm glad that I was in close proximity to those releases."
Masta Ace made his debut in 1988 on "The Symphony" from Marley Marl's In Control compilation. "The Symphony" has become the template for the modern-day Posse Cut.
Check out a snippet of People's Party above.