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Masta Ace & MF Doom – MA_DOOM: Son of Yvonne
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Masta Ace & MF Doom
MA_Doom: Son of Yvonne


I know there were a few of us who were hoping that when MA_DOOM was announced, it would have Masta Ace and Doom collaborating on all original beats. Although there was a small amount of disappointment when I realized Ace had chosen to rhyme over instrumentals from Doom’s Special Herbs, it still doesn’t change the fact that this is a concept album that does well for itself by following through with it until the end.


Although all of the songs here aren’t based on his mother as hinted in the title, it does tell a coming of age story from the beginning, and each song furthers that story as the vintage-sounding production and the skits before and after select tracks hinge it all together. Masta Ace is still at home on the microphone, and his lyrics help to further the concept as well. The features are kept to few, with only Pav Bundy, Big Daddy Kane, Reggie B, and Milani The Artis lending their rhymes and vocals when need be.


As mentioned before, not all of the songs center on his mother, but each one does serve a purpose, whether she’s a prominent part of the song or not. On “Nineteen Seventy Something”, Act discovers his love for old records by going through his Mother’s collection when she wasn’t around, but as Ace gets older, the content changes. “Slow Down” tells a story of Ace getting involved with females who had ulterior motives, while “Fresh Fest” displays the ambition that he had as a kid to make it as a rapper and be on stage. The various topics keep things fresh, and add a level of replay value that serves its purpose for Hip-Hop fans.


After spending some time with it, it’s easy to hear that MA_DOOM is a great listen for those who want vintage sounding music. Masta Ace and Doom do a great job of making a cohesive project to please those that listen, and although it’s not “original” beats, chances are most wouldn’t have noticed that fact if it wasn’t pointed out. The concept’s fresh, the delivery’s vintage, and it all comes together quite nicely.



K1ng Eljay is the AllHipHop Reviews Editor and founder of his own review site, K1ngEljay.com. Follow K1ng Eljay on Twitter: @K1ngEljay


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