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The Hip Hop world has long been looking for a breath of fresh air and four legendary emcees are about to step up together, as EMC. EMC is a brand new super group consisting of the Midwest's phenom Stricklin, the widely respected Lyricist Lounge duo Punchline & Wordsworth, and the Brooklyn-bred, battle-tested Juice Crew member Masta Ace. After having extensively toured together in 2001, the four became extremely close and both they and their fans recognized their chemistry. The Milwaukee born and raised Stricklin garnered attention in the late 90's while he was signed to Tommy Boy Records and Punch and Words were integral in the success of the groundbreaking MTV program "The Lyricist Lounge Show" and have released EP's both as a group and as solo artists. All three rhymesayers caught the ear of Masta Ace before touring together and all three were featured on his two most recent albums. "The group idea was a natural progression of the relationships we all made from being on the road together", says Ace. "It's not just about the music with us, we are pretty much like brothers." EMC started a feeding frenzy in 2007 with the release of the 12" single "E.M.C." and now they are ready to finally drop their full-length album The Show. With more than 20 tracks and appearances by Sean Price, Little Brother, Ladybug Mecca (of Digable Planets), and Money Harm (of Product G & B), The Show is going to satisfy even the most Rap-hungry fan. And while the album proves to be a showcase of lyrical talents, the tracks themselves guarantee to bang with production by The Are, Ayatollah, Nicolay, Koolade, Quincy Tones, Frequency, and J. With the combination Stricklin's personality, the cleverness of Punchline and the word play and work ethic of Wordsworth, and the leadership of the Music Man himself Masta Ace, EMC is ready make some noise in the music industry. "EMC is a movement and Hip Hop should get ready for something really special", says Stricklin. "It's about to be a problem!"

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Who We Be
  2. The Airport
  3. Leak It Out
  4. The Check In
  5. Traffic feat. Little Brother
  6. Say Now
  7. The Message
  8. Don't Give Up On Us feat. Adi
  9. Git Sum feat. Sean Price
  10. We Alright
  11. The Interview
  12. EMC (What It Stands For)
  13. The Angry Merch Guy
  14. The Grudge
  15. Make It Better
  16. The Lobby
  17. Winds Of Change
  18. The Show feat. Ladybug Mecca
  19. The Backstage
  20. Borrow You
  21. Once More
  22. U Let Me Grow
  23. Feel It feat. Money Harm

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Traffic (The Orchard)
  • ASIN: B00149JKE8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pounds on March 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
eMC is a super-group that consists of rappers Stricklin (hailing from Milwaukee), Punchline & Wordsworth (Lyricist Lounge), and legendary Juice Crew member Masta Ace. Punch, Words, & Stricklin all caught the ear of the ever-prolific Masta Ace, which resulted in tireless touring. And that's really what the album is thematically based upon.

The concept runs in a similar fashion to Masta Ace's two previous albums "Disposable Arts" (2001) & "A Long Hot Summer" (2004) (two near-classics, by the way). The album starts off at the Airport (just like the cover), where the group is stranded for 2+ hours, waiting for special promotions manager, Adam, to pick them up for their upcoming show of the night at Club MP3. Throughout the album, there are a series of clever, well-done skits that take us through their hotel amenities, calls back home, on-stage antics, & backstage tomfoolery. The concept is consistently strong and entertaining throughout.

From track one, it's apparent that these 4 emcees are definitely inspired by each other. The album has been in the works for 3 years, and all those chemistry problems you may expect are completely non-existent. They consistently play off each others' styles and flows with a formula that is airtight for the album's entire 75-minute playing time. Simply put, they possess dope flows, intelligent lyrics, and highly conceptual material, which is all displayed in it's finest form.

Weak beats? Guess again. The production is brought forth by heavyweights like Ayatollah, Nicolay, 9th Wonder, & The ARE, as well as some relatively more underground cats like Koolage (who dropped a beat on Ace's last record), Quincy Tones, Frequency, & J!. I really haven't found any of the production to be forgettable, let alone weak.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Exxxxx on April 7, 2008
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I try to keep my ear to the street for stuff like this, but really heard nothing about this group at all until a few weeks before the release which is surpising to me. I picked this up on Friday and it's been the only thing I've listened to all weekend. As another reviewer mentioned this album has the same feel as Disposable Arts and Long Hot Summer with all the skits and each song being a peice of the story of The Show, on top of that the production has the same "feel" as the previously mentioned albums which is definitely good since those joints were so unbelievably great. The producers all contributed some great bangers for these 4 veterans to get down to (especially the legendary Koolade's joints) so be prepared for some smooth beats. I'm not going into much details on the lyrical content because c'mon, it's Punch n Words teamed up with Masta Ace and Strick. With those four guys you already know what you're getting into on the rhyme tip. Easily the best album I've personally heard so far this year and highly recommend this to folks who check for music outside of the typical nonsense that the radio and MTV tend to offer. There's a couple of songs that were so so, but for the most part the whole thing is pretty strong with my favorite cuts being "Who We Be", "The Airport", "Say Now", & "Git Sum" Feat. Sean Price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chandler on June 25, 2008
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Hip Hop group eMC consisting of Masta Ace (hey wait...I thought he retired!), Punchline, Wordsworth, and Stricklin. The come at listeners with a conceptual album, sort of like A Long Hot Summer, with a story line throughout the entire album. Most of the concept of the album works out and is enjoyable.

The album itself is great. The concept here is that the emcees are preparing for a show, beginning from flying in at the airport. Everyone here is on point when it comes to the lyrics most through out the album. Masta Ace is great as ususal. When you hear him, you'll realize that he hasn't missed a beat yet. Stricklin is suprisingly good, because I've never heard of him until this album. Punch & Words also come correct at numerous times.

A few great tracks that quickly stood out to me are, "It's Alright", and "Make It Better". Both tracks talks about everyday life and how things get better, more direct on the latter track. The production by Nicolay makes "eMC (What It Stands For?)" a great track. Even the guests do a great job. Little Brother appears on the notable "Traffic". Sean Price drops a rememerable verse on "Git Sum". Ladybug Mecca (who I haven't heard in a while) vocals are heard on the fast paced "The Show".

This album is one of the great releases of '08. Minus a few tracks and irrevelent skits, this album is highly recommended. No one here dissapoints on this release. Peace.

Lyrics: B+
Production: A-
Guest Appearances: B+
Musical Vibes: A-

Top 5 Tracks:
1. It's Alright
2. The Grudge
3. eMC (What It Stands For)
4. Say Now
5. Make It Better

Honorable Mention:
1. Who We Be
2. The Show (featuring Ladybug Mecca)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Borowski on May 4, 2008
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EMC, the new supergroup consisting of Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth, and Stricklin, came correct with their first album "The Show". The album tells a story about the crew going to New York to do a show in some club and what they encounter along the way. The tracks all fit together perfectly. Most of the time you will hear people complaining about skits on an album, but the skits on "The Show" all tie together with the storyline. Lyrically, Masta Ace and Stricklin are the standouts, but Punch and Words aren't too far behind. The production is top notch with producers such as Nicolay, Frequency, Ayatollah, The ARE, Marco Polo, and some others. Guest appearances are held to a perfect amount here. ADI of Growing Nation drops some vocals on the track "Don't Give Up On Us." Little Brother comes through for a verse on "Traffic." Other guests are Ladybug Mecca, Sean Price, and Money Ham. In conclusion, "The Show" is an extremely well crafted, put together piece of hip hop. This is my number one album of 2008 so far. Pick this one up as soon as you can.

Lyrics- 9.5/10
Production- 10/10
Guest Appearances- 10/10
Overall Sound- 10/10


-Shaun B.
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