The Show is the upcoming debut album by Hip Hop supergroup eMC, which consists of rappers Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth and Strick. While it was originally rumored that Ace had retired from music after the release of his acclaimed 2004 concept album A Long Hot Summer, the following year the veteran had formed the new collective with his protege, Milwaukee rapper Strick, and revered underground lyricists Punch & Words. The four had previously collaborated on numerous albums and tracks, and toured extensively as a collective.
Like Ace's previous albums, A Long Hot Summer and Disposable Arts, The Show will be a thematic concept album that tells a story. The album's story follows a day in the life of eMC doing a show on the road. In a January 2007 interview, Strick explained in detail: "It starts with Punch being late for his flight, which he always is. As we're doing this skit for the album, Punch is getting mad, saying 'Why you accusing me of always being late?' Then as we do the first eMC tour, he misses his flight to Berlin. So, the album starts with Punch being late, and follows us all the way to the show and the interviews after the show.".
The first official eMC track, the Ayatollah-produced "Four Brothers", was released in 2006. A music video for the song was released online on December 10, 2006. Album guests will include Little Brother and Sean Price, and a tentative appearance from Slick Rick. Producers confirmed for the project include Ayatollah, Marco Polo, Koolade, Frequency and Quincy Tones. Producers rumored to be involved in the project include DJ Premier and Nicolay.