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eMC is a hip hop crew composed of rappers Masta Ace, Wordsworth and Stricklin. Punchline was also a member, but he left the group in October, 2014.[1]

OriginNew York City, New York
GenresHip Hop
Years active1998–present
LabelsM3 Records, Penalty Entertainment
MembersMasta Ace, Wordsworth, Stricklin
Past membersPunchline



Though not officially formed as a group until 2005, the crew came together in 2001 while touring together on Masta Ace's Disposable Arts tour. Ace described the group's formation in an interview with[2]


In 2006, the group's first collaborative track was released online, titled "Four Brothers". eMC's first group effort, The Show was released on iTunes on February 26, and the CD release was on March 25. A single from the album, "What It Stand For", was released in July 2007, and is available for free download on the group's MySpace page.[3] It features production from Nicolay.

On January 21, 2014, it was announced the group was signed to the newly re-founded Penalty Entertainment, which is run under Sony and distributed by RED Distribution.[4] "Spun A Web" was their first single since the new signing, produced by David E Beats and released on February 24, 2014.[5] It samples Coldplay's "Trouble", from their debut album Parachutes.

In October, 2014 Punchline left the group after many years. According to Masta Ace, Punchline "just wasn't on the same page as the three of us".[1]

On February 20, 2015, the group announced their second full-length album, The Tonite Show, would be released on May 5, 2015, on M3/Penalty Entertainment/Sony Red.[6] This was their first project as a trio.

Artist historyEdit

Masta AceEdit

Masta Ace (born Duval Clear, Brooklyn, New York) debuted in 1988 as a member of the legendary Juice Crew. He released his acclaimed debut, Take a Look Around, in 1990. In 1992, Ace formed the crew Masta Ace Incorporated, and released two albums with the group, 1993's SlaughtaHouse, and 1995's Sittin' on Chrome. Save for a number of vinyl singles, Ace was missing from the hip hop scene between 1996 and 2000, until returning with his acclaimed concept album Disposable Arts, which featured guest appearances from Strick, Punchline and Wordsworth. Ace returned again in 2004 with another acclaimed concept album, A Long Hot Summer, which also featured guest spots from his fellow eMC members.

Punchline & WordsworthEdit

Punchline (born in Lower East Side, New York) and Wordsworth (born in Brooklyn, New York) originally gained popularity through their appearances at the Lyricist Lounge & All That! open mic events. The two debuted as Punch-N-Words in 1998, making a number of guest appearances that year, dropping in on A Tribe Called Quest's The Love Movement album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star album, and Rawkus Records' Lyricist Lounge, Volume One compilation. The duo released their self-titled debut Punch N' Words EP in 2000 on Mona Records, then continued their careers with guest appearances and solo efforts. Wordsworth released his solo debut album, Mirror Music, in 2004 to positive reviews. Punchline left the group in 2014.[1]


Strick (also known as Stricklin, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) made his official debut in 1999, when he signed to rap label Tommy Boy Records. Strick was featured alongside Detroit MC Royce Da 5'9" on Tommy Boy's Black Label, and the two collaborated on the track "It's Over" from the Hip Hop 101 compilation. After his deal with Tommy Boy fell through, Strick began making numerous appearances on underground mixtapes, one which attracted the attention of Masta Ace, who enlisted Strick for an appearance on his 2001 album Disposable Arts. Strick then joined Ace for the album's supportive tour. He also appeared on Ace's 2004 album A Long Hot Summer, and was featured on that album's supportive tour as well.




  • The Turning Point EP (2014)

Past collaborationsEdit

  • "The Booth", Strick (produced by Masta Ace) (from "Conflict" b/w "The Booth" 12", 2000)
  • "Block Episode", Masta Ace featuring Punch & Words (from Disposable Arts, 2001)
  • "I Like Dat", Masta Ace featuring Punch & Words (from Disposable Arts, 2001)
  • "Something's Wrong", Masta Ace featuring Strick & Young Zee (from Disposable Arts, 2001)
  • "Unfriendly Game", Masta Ace featuring Strick (from Disposable Arts, 2001)
  • "Things On My Mind" Punchline & Wordsworth (from "Game Over II", 2001)
  • "Family 1st". Punchline, Apocalypse & Masta Ace (from "Family 1st" 12", 2003)
  • "F.A.Y.", Masta Ace featuring Strick (from A Long Hot Summer, 2004)
  • "Travelocity", Masta Ace featuring Punch & Words (from A Long Hot Summer, 2004)
  • "Not Fair". Wordsworth featuring Punchline (from Mirror Music, 2004)
  • "Evol" Wordsworth featuring Masta Ace & Justin Time (from Mirror Music, 2004)
  • "The Hitman" Masta Ace & Strick (from "The Hitman" 12", 2006)
  • "Get U Awn" Chords featuring Masta Ace & Punchline (Garden Around The Mansion´´2006)


  1. ^ a b c Baker, Soren (2014-10-21). "Masta Ace Discusses Punchline's eMC Departure". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  2. ^ [1] Archived November 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  4. ^ Estevez, Marjua (2014-01-21). "Penalty Recordings Is Relaunching - XXL". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  5. ^ "eMC - Spun A Web (Prod. By David E Beats) | Stream & Listen [New Song]". Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  6. ^ "eMC Announce New Album "The Tonite Show" & Tracklist". OK-Tho. 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2015-07-10.