A Long Hot Summer

A Long Hot Summer is the third solo album from American emcee Masta Ace. The release is a follow-up to his 2001 concept album Disposable Arts. It was extremely well received by both fans and critics, however sales were poor. The story follows Ace, an underground rapper through his "Long Hot Summer" in Brooklyn, accompanied by buddy Fats Belvedere. Ace ventures through the Brooklyn streets and goes out on tour with Fats as his unofficial manager.

A Long Hot Summer
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 3, 2004 (2004-08-03)
GenreHip hop
LabelM3 Macmil Music
ProducerDug Infinite, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Nostradamus aka DAMS, SLA, Koolade, DR Period, DJ Spinna, Marco Polo, Xplicit, DJ Serious, Masta Ace, DJ Rob
Masta Ace chronology
Disposable Arts
A Long Hot Summer
The Show
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [2]
HipHopDX.com4.5/5 stars [3]
RapReviews.com8.5/10 stars [4]
Vibe4/5 stars [5]
XXL4/5 stars [6]

A Long Hot Summer was well received from critics with a Metacritic score of 78/100 based on 10 reviews.

Track listingEdit

1."The Count" ((Interlude))  2:11
2."Big City"D. Clear, D. Thomas.Dug Infinite3:01
3."Good ol' Love" (Background vocals by Mr. Lee G & Leschea.)D. Clear, D. Thomas9th Wonder3:46
4."Fats Belvedere" ((Interlude))  0:38
5."Da Grind"D. Clear, C. Tyson, K. GivensKhrysis3:27
6."H.O.O.D."D. Clear, N. DonatiNostradamus aka DAMS, SLA3:45
7."The Stoop" ((Interlude))  0:53
8."Beautiful" (Background vocals by Wordsworth.)D. Clear, M. Sasek, V. JohnsonKoolade4:24
9."F.A.Y." (Background vocals by Punchline.)D. Clear, D. Pittman, S. StricklinDR Period3:34
10."Fats Crib" ((Interlude))  0:35
11."Soda & Soap"D. Clear, V. Willaims, T. IbrahimDJ Spinna4:12
12."Do It Man"D. Clear, M. Bruno, T. PerryMarco Polo2:56
13."Bklyn Masala"D. Clear, T. RaicXplicit4:19
14."The Proposition" ((Interlude))  1:38
15."Travelocity"D. Clear, N. Donati, R. Truell, V. JohnsonNostradamus aka DAMS, SLA3:51
16."The Ways"D. Clear, D. YanDJ Serious3:28
17."Wutuwankno"D. Clear, D. Thomas, E. AndersonDug Infinite4:11
18."The After Party" ((Interlude))  1:08
19."Oh My God"D. Clear, T. Raic, L. Fernandez, J. TineoXplicit3:50
20."Cellmate" ((Interlude))  1:16
21."Revelations" (Background vocals by Leschea.)D. ClearMasta Ace, DJ Rob3:50


  • Masta Ace: Himself
  • Fatz Belvedere: Himself
  • "E": Frankie Aikens
  • Hotel Maintenance Guy: Franklyn Grant, Jr.
  • Promoter: Steve Dent
  • Cell Mate: Michael Rapaport


The Count

Big City

Good Ol' Love

Da Grind




Soda & Soap

Bklyn Masala


The Stoop

The Ways

Oh My God

Album singlesEdit

Album information
Good Ol' Love
  • Released: July 1, 2004
  • B-side: "The Ways"
Beautiful (Koolade single featuring Masta Ace and El Da Sensei)
  • Released: July 29, 2004
  • B-side: "Follow" (Koolade featuring El Da Sensei)
Da Grind
  • Released: December 27, 2004
  • B-side: "Do It Man"


Chart (2004) Peak
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[7] 44
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[8] 82


  1. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/a-long-hot-summer/masta-ace
  2. ^ A Long Hot Summer at AllMusic
  3. ^ J-23 (2004-08-01). "Masta Ace - A Long Hot Summer". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  4. ^ Jost, Matt (2004-08-10). "Masta Ace :: A Long Hot Summer :: M3/Yosumi". Rap Reviews. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  5. ^ "Masta Ace: A Long Hot Summer". VIBE. Archived from the original on 2007-03-13.
  6. ^ "Masta Ace: A Long Hot Summer". XXL. Archived from the original on 2007-03-12.
  7. ^ "Masta Ace Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "Masta Ace Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2016.