Masta Ace Talks Eminem Comparisons

After being remixed and cited by Eminem as an influence, Masta Ace tells Montreality about possibly inspiring Eminem.

One of Masta Ace’s most memorable moments involved him rhyming with a Biz Markie puppet for his single, “Me And The Biz.” His fellow Juice Crew member, Biz, took the Hip Hop puppeteering in stride, and—as it regards him influencing Eminem—it appears Ace does the same. When asked about the subject by Montreality, the Juice Crew alum gave his thoughts on any similarities between himself and Slim Shady.

“The first time somebody said to me that they thought Eminem sounded like me, I personally didn’t hear that,” Ace explained to Montreality.com. “To me he sounded unique…he sounded like nobody that I had ever heard before.

The subject has been brought up before, when Em remixed Ace’s “Slaughtahouse” in 2008. Ace told HipHopDX he was honored then, and he essentially echoed that statement in regards to Eminem citing him as an influence. The Slaughtahouse album dropped in 1993, and Ace said that he related to how much of an influence certain albums can be during a Hip Hop fan’s formative years.

“We all influence each other,” Ace added. “I listen to many different rappers. And sometimes I hear something in somebody’s flow that gives me an idea for how I wanna flow on my next joint…If it was something he took from me, he flipped it and made it his.”

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56 Comments

  • NY

    If anyone talks badly about Masta Ace they don't know what they're talking about, this guy is a legend and has influenced many respected emcees. By the way when Eminem started getting big Slim Shady LP & Marshall Mathers LP he used Masta Ace's flow which he did years before him also Eminem took Nas/AZ's flow on his first album Infinite. So before you say Eminem is the greatest, he really just took flows from other people on his most acclaimed albums.

  • Maxwell Smart

    for folks that never heard masta ace please pick up long hot summer greatest album made in the past 10 years period............

  • Nico 3

    Born to Roll was his major claim to fame. Sure he had other songs, but nothing took off like that did. I don't listen to his music now, but if he's still around and making money, more power to him.

  • wow

    for you kids talking about Masta Ace is wack and horrible...that just blows my mind. Slaughterhouse was the 1st album I got from him and it is one of my all time favorites. He is one of the only artists from that generation that can still make great albums that people respect. for someone to say he's never made a dime...1st that's irrelevant, 2nd he had some hit records...Jeep A** Nigguh and The Inc Ride I would think are the biggest but I could be wrong b/c it's early ...what maybe 7 albums and that guy still tours regularly....put it this way...dude made money and is still making money but that don't matter...for anyone to say he is the wackest obviously has absolutely no credibility for any opinion on any music especially hip hop so why are you even on this site?

  • Anonymous

    he is a legend stupid fuck...check yo history cause Ace started the OFF BEAT PIG LATIN STYLE thaT DasEfx then copied, Was the one responsible for creatin the simphony joint and gave the idea to marley...yall niggaz need to go to school.

  • r

    Any1 here aint heard masta ace music, look it up. Sick mc 'Long hot summer' one of the best albums in hiphop

  • Johnathan miguele

    you masta ace stans are too much, dont forget who were talking about here. This is the man that would get on all 4's when the juice crew were sitting on couches so they could put their feet up on his back ( true story ) He really did carry their bags before getting put on. He never had flow, only good lyrics. He was raped in his 2 firzt contracts and still gets no cheddar. Get outta here talking like he's a legend do your history

  • Anonymous

    who da fuck is master ace 4 sure av neva heard of him

  • Crystal

    Masta Ace is in my top 5 MC list. Also, notice the "MC list", not rapper.

    • Robert h

      nobody cares about your mc list punk It probably starts with big daddy kane. Masta ace cant even hold a flow on a beat, he never made a dime in the game.

  • ak

    i heard him on his comeback joint no doubt the worst old skool mc in the game. i think hes better than trash like lilb or solja boy but of the real he has to be the worst.i even went back and listened to his stuff and he has to be the worst ive ever heard. why are they saying he influenced em i doubt he ever influenced anybody at all matter of fact he has never been mentioned in anybodys top 5

  • RTJ00

    Masta Ace is a real dude. I always love to hear him drop some knowledge and see his opinions on certain topics in Hip Hop. Very insightful

  • Sourheadband420

    Masta Ace a True legend of the game.

    • Sourhead 520

      did your parents drop you on the head when you were little. How is he a legend for carrying bags for a legendary crew, and dusting off their records. You must be an american to think he ever accomplished anything legendary.

  • Edon

    One love, one Masta Ace.

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  • Anonymous

    Masta Ace, I have mad respect for you man. You're a true inspiration and legendary MC in this fucked up hip hop game. ONE LOVE.

  • griz grizzly

    Em didn't steal Masta Aces style!!! at all... that was all Ace trying to stay current with the times and if anything, he was using eminem's style.. Im a huge Ace fan but i gotta keep it 100.. dudes old style on "take a look around" and "slaughterhouse" were nothing at all like eminem's rhymes.. when i heard Ace resurface on that video game joint with Em, i thought he was Royce! dude had a higher pitch royce/eminem style.. just because an emcee is around before another doesn't mean they're above "biting" current trends, rhyme styles to get more appeal.. what Masta Ace did was right (to some degree).. he was tryig to adapt with the times. and Em was on top.. a legitimate accusation claim would be that eminem got his style (slim shady ep/lp) from The Ousidaz out of Newark. before he met up with the OUtz, his flow more so favored a Miilkbone mixed with A.Z. then met the outz and got that drugged out more edgier syllible flow. that being said, they're all dope in my book.

  • griz

    Em didn't steal Masta Aces style!!! at all... that was all Ace trying to stay current with the times and if anything, he was using eminem's style.. Im a huge Ace fan but i gotta keep it 100.. dudes old style on "take a look around" and "slaughterhouse" were nothing at all like eminem's rhymes.. when i heard Ace resurface on that video game joint with Em, i thought he was Royce! dude had a higher pitch royce/eminem style.. just because an emcee is around before another doesn't mean they're above "biting" current trends, rhyme styles to get more appeal.. what Masta Ace did was right (to some degree).. he was tryig to adapt with the times. and Em was on top.. a legitimate accusation claim would be that eminem got his style (slim shady ep/lp) from The Ousidaz out of Newark. before he met up with the OUtz, his flow more so favored a Miilkbone mixed with A.Z. then met the outz and got that drugged out more edgier syllible flow.

  • hoopla

    i understand hes a legend for carrying bags for the juice crew and all. but lets be real, he was never good. he doesnt have one song that anybody can even name. do not put this guy in the same book as kane,rakim,even biz. influence who, nobody fam

  • AxeMurder

    Ace and Eminem sounded very similar....look @ Ace later in his career (Long Hot Summer) and compare it to Em early in his career

  • Knowledge God

    Em sounded like Nas' It Was Written flow on his first album with the internal rhyme schemes, stories and the narratives.

  • bios

    I think Em ripped off Chino XL more than Masta Ace.

  • Anonymous

    Masta ace sounds like B-real from Cypress not eminem

  • jack johnson

    they don't sound anything like each other to me

  • Anonymous

    I always thought Ace started sounding similar to Eminem in the 2000's particularly with Long Hot Summer. He definitely switched up his flow over the years.

  • Anonymous

    People overrexaggerate the similarities of their styles. Yes they influenced each other a bit but not too much... You wanna hear someone with the flow of Masta Ace look up Hopsin.. also the craziness of shady.

  • Thomas Curry Curré

    haha sugar, yeaaah of course that's sugar...

  • Jason

    ok how does born to roll sound similar to my name is. lol WTF

  • Ste Irvine

    does it fucking matta who influenced who, asswipes, eminem has his own style UNIQUE, the closest guy i know gets near em is yelawolf, both badass rappers lyricists, all i say is hip hop wat people hear see do, who they listen too, fake ass nobs stop bitching sit bk chill n listen

  • shady83

    da fans of hiphop has always compared Em to Ace tho i dn't think da artist themselve's feel dat way, Em was jst heavily influened by Ace, nd dey both got respect for each other!

  • Doug Nichols

    In a slightly unrelated note, I am still holding out hope for some type of dream collab between Masta Ace (of Slaughtahouse '93 fame) with Slaughterhouse (Budden/Crooked I/Ortiz/Royce)

  • s

    Ace is a pioneer and still doing his thing. Some of these funny kids think eminems a pioneer and crossed rap over to the mainstream audience.

  • mountrealking

    im from montreal and these cats from montreal are phucked up. nobody in hip hop ever said eminem sounded like masta ace..he never influenced anybody..! is this a bad joke or something. you would think this type of bull would come from mickey mouse the movie star, and not someone from montreal. what the hell is this masta ace influencing somebody..let alone eminem..lmfao, get slapped idiots

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