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MA_Doom: Son of Yvonne

Masta Ace & MF Doom

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Album Review

The idea of a collaborative album from Masta Ace and MF Doom is exciting, interesting, and surprising all at once, and while MA_Doom: Son of Yvonne is all of three of those adjectives, it isn't really a collaboration. Doom is here for a verse, delivering the great "Think I Am" next to Masta and hip-hop royalty Big Daddy Kane, but the rest of the album is built mostly from Doom's old Special Herbs albums, the instrumental series he released between 2000 and 2005 under the name Metal Fingers (or Metal Fingaz). To top it off, MA_Doom is also a concept album dedicated to the Masta's late mother, and most of it focuses on the rapper's early life with tracks like "Me and My Gang" and "Home Sweet Home" delivering all the nostalgia and warmth their titles imply. Confusingly, the key track "Da'pro" grabs its beat from a Nas song and not Doom's, but like everything on the album, it works. Well worth a Masta, Doom, or underground hip-hop head's attention; just don't get hung up on the collaboration bit.


Born: 04 December 1966 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With an impressive resume in rap that includes membership in the legendary Juice Crew (along with Marley Marl, MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, and Craig G) and a verse on the 1988 classic posse cut "The Symphony," Brooklyn's Masta Ace is truly an underappreciated rap veteran and underground luminary. Two years after "The Symphony," Ace released his debut album Take a Look Around on rap's version of the Motown label, Cold Chillin' Records. While not a huge commercial success the...
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