The Life And Times Of Barry Allen EP

LATOBA cover
The Life and Times of Barry Allen” is a short EP chronicling my life during the past few months. I ripped and sampled all the music from The Flash TV show—along with the dialogue comprising the interludes and skits. Then I created some Flash-themed cover art. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I’ve admittedly been taking a lot of meds, so who knows?

Ultimately this project is an exercise in self care. If you’re not familiar with my life, or Barry Allen’s, you can still bop your head to the music.

I’ve made arrangements to donate any and all proceeds from #LATOBA to Black women artists in the Capital District. But, like all of my music, you can also stream it for free.

Special thanks to Mike Arson on percussion and JB!! for mastering.



For Dontay.

Me and The Devil

“Me and The Devil”

For Dontay

Written and Performed by Masai and Amani
Produced and Arranged by Mike Arson
Mixed and Mastered by Fat Buckle Audio

A reimagining of “Me and the Devil” by Robert LeRoy Johnson, as performed by Gil Scott-Heron.

In loving memory of Donald “Dontay” Ivy–Albany native killed by police April 2nd, 2015.


Beat*Shot Dweeb Supreme US Tour Featuring Masai

The dweebs are back in town.

Fresh of their European Tour Beat•Shot Music is ready to hit the road again–this time back in their home hemisphere.

Join Moses Rockwell as he showcases his latest full length release “Dweeb Supreme Part 2,” and naturally he brought some friends along…

Featuring Beat*Shot’s own:
JB!! aka Dirty Moses, Oddy Gato, Masai, & DJ Trumastr

Masai quietly releases new EP, Table Scraps

Table ScrapsHey, dropping a short EP today with no promo like Beyoncé!  I had some songs laying around from various collaborative projects that never got to see the light of day. I figured there’s no point in having them released after I’m dead (since I may not have full creative control from the afterlife). Plus I wanted to release a free project as kind of a thank you for all the support and encouragement I’ve received over the past year–so help yourself. If anyone DOES decide to purchase this release, they can sleep easy knowing that any revenue will go towards our upcoming North Eastern tour, and not my Sushi X habit. Tour details will be posted here soon.

Also, be sure to like my Facebook fanpage–which Facebook FINALLY (after 18 months) let me name-change to simply, “Masai.” Enjoy.


Masai Tours Europe With Beat*Shot Music

Good news for people that hate America!  Masai will be in Europe this Fall to bring his raps to the continent that invented colonization!

• Cassiopeia – Berlin, Germany 11/5
• Lightplanke – Breman, Germany 11/7
• TubeStation – Berlin, Germany 11/8

He’ll be joined by Beat*Shot’s own DJ Trumastr and Moses Rockwell.

If you’re in the area, or have a private jet, be sure to stop catch one of their shows.  More dates/cities pending.  Details here.

Masta Ace And eMC Kick Off International Tour In Albany With Masai As Host

Turning Point
Fresh of the successful Beat*Shot Music Festival (and an awesome show in Rhode Island), Masai breaks out his hosting wings yet again for eMC’s Turning Point Tour in Albany. This bill also features the talents of some Beat*Shot artists and friends, including JB!! aka Dirty Moses, DJ Nate Da Great, elsphinx, DJ White Lotus, and many more!  Buy tickets here.

Masai Hosts 6th Annual Beat*Shot Music Festival Featuring Pharoahe Monch

Beat*Shot Flyer
Masai will be hosting the 2014 Beat*Shot Music Festival this year.  Technically he’s co-hosting with fellow Beat*Shot alum Phee (from We Stole The Show).  Either way he’ll be spending two days holding a mic and announcing some of Hip-Hops top dogs, including Pharoahe Monch, Oddisee, J-Live, Blueprint, Count Bass D, Tanya Morgan and more.  Oh, and he’s also performing with ATG…. so there’s that.


Masai Joins Homebody Sandman And Company In Albany

hbsmStones Throw Records’ own Homeboy Sandman is embarking on his Northeast/Mid-West/Down South Summer Tour, and the 7th stop is in Albany, NY! #LuckyNumberSeven #UnnecessaryHashtag

He’ll be accompanied by special guests The Difference Machine, as well as local favorites: Masai, Mic Lanny, and Moses Rockwell. All of their names start with M. #AllTheMs #UnnecessaryHashtag

Hosted by Lo-Fi Lobo, with music by DJ Trumastr!

Brought to you by Stones Throw Records, Speakeasy Promotions & Beat*Shot Music

The Hollow Bar
79 N. Pearl St
Albany, NY
8pm Doors // 9pm Show
18+ // $10
($5 Up-Charge for under 21)

Masai Shares Stage With J-Live, Oddisee, Boog Brown, & Beat*Shot at 6th Annual Spins For Dilla Tribute Show

February 1st, 2014 I will be rocking the stage at the 6th Annual Beat*Shot Spins for Dilla.

Oh, and I’ll be opening up for some of my heros.  No big deal.

Almost Home Makes WCDB’s Top 10 Albums List

WCDBWhat do Pusha T, Kanye West, Oddisee, Drake, Chance The Rapper, and J. Cole have in common?  They all have more money than Masai!  Oh, also they’re all on this list with Masai, which is equally awesome.  But the wise folks at WCDB compiled their annual breakdown of the year’s top albums, and somehow Almost Home made the cut.  Click the link and see for yourself!