Masta Ace says that his newly released single “Globetrotter” will whet fans’ palates for his upcoming solo album, The Falling Season.

During a recently published interview with The Source, the iconic Brownsville emcee spoke about the song — which features London, England-based lyricist AKD (Arise King David) — and its history.

“I had been sitting on that ‘Globetrotter’ beat for over three years, just scheming on a way to use it,” Masta Ace said during the interview. “At first, we were gonna use it on an eMC album, but we never got it done. I had a little 16 on there and that was it. When the idea of adding new music to the reissue of A Long Hot Summer came up, it was a no brainer. I just extended my first verse and wrote a second one. My dude AKD just happened to be visiting the studio that day I was laying it down. I felt another verse/voice was needed and he was like, ‘Yo I might have something.’ I gave him a shot and he did his thing. It’s a classic example of being in the right place at the right time.”

The beat for “Globetrotter” appears to sample Chic’s “Savoir Faire,” a cut off the band’s 1978 album, C’est Chic. That same beat was also sampled by will.i.am on The Game’s The Documentary 2 track, “LA.”

“I’m glad people get to hear some new music from me now,” Masta Ace later said. “This [‘Globetrotter’] should whet their palates for my new solo album. KIC just spent a week out here mixing with us. I have a real emotional attachment to this album as it’s somewhat autobiographical and a glimpse into my life from 1980-1984.”

Listen to Masta Ace’s “Globetrotter” on HipHopDX here.