Masta Ace - Ma DOOM: Son Of Yvonne

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His latest offering, "Ma DOOM: Son of Yvonne," is yet another example of how Ace can take a premise and create an album that carries a unified theme.

Masta Ace is a master of cohesion. His last two solo projects, both critically acclaimed, featured a cohesive theme throughout and it has become his calling card of sorts. His latest offering, Ma DOOM: Son of Yvonne, is yet another example of how Ace can take a premise and create an album that carries a unified theme. The question is if this album could live up to the revered releases before it.

When Ace spoke with HipHopDX’s Paul W. Arnold in June, he explained the premise behind this album. “It’s dedicated to the person who as a single mom figured it out on her own,” he shared. “When I really looked back at what she pulled off it was pretty amazing.” In turn, Ace has pulled off his own work with Son of Yvonne, an ode to his mother that captures the vibe of the '70s and '80s clearly. The theme is kept through carefully worded skits (so as not to use modern vernacular) and beats that carry the Soul traditionally associated with the era of focus.

MF DOOM shares responsibility for some of this cohesion, as he is the sole producer on the album. Die-hard DOOM fans will be unimpressed at the lack of brand new beats, as Ace picked out DOOM instrumentals that some have previously been heard. Still, “Nineteen Seventy Something” is a standout, one that also features a Notorious B.I.G. vocal sample (hence the title). The Jazz-filled “Son of Yvonne” is perfect for Ace’s message about his mother. Later, “Fresh Fest” instantly seems to play DeLorean to the '80s with Ace’s lines about the storied Madison Square Garden concert. “I’m gonna be on that stage,” declares a young Ace.

Of course, the album is mainly predicated on Ace’s lyricism, which takes center stage. “Nineteen Seventy Something” tells an intriguing and often familiar tale of a young boy looking through his mother’s records before getting in trouble for his hijinks. Ace conveys this vividly, taking the listener into his apartment. “Son of Yvonne” also shares the bond he has with his mother with a touching dedication. Later, “Fresh Fest” is yet another glimpse into the mind of a young Ace. Sadly, this pretty much ends the theme lyrically, leaving the listener hoping for more tales of his mother’s influence and his childhood. Even so, his lyrics are mostly still solid, including rich storytelling on “Me & My Gang” and “Slow Down.” The album loses some steam on “Home Sweet Home” with a rather generic shout out to places he’s visited around the globe and the somewhat monotonous “I Did It.” Even with these minor setbacks, Ace’s lyrics and well-constructed thematic skits are enough to the keep the listener in tune throughout.

Overall, Son of Yvonne is an intriguing addition to Ace’s discography. Naysayers may gripe that the DOOM beats have been heard before. Other critics will complain about the concept of the album not being fully explored. Those are legitimate qualms, but the album does succeed in various other ways. Ace’s rhymes, his structures and his storytelling are all still sharp. Also, by matching his rhymes and skits with DOOM’s beats, he continues to show that he can create a cohesive piece of work with ease. Even if this one doesn’t quite measure up to the cohesion he has masterfully displayed in the past, it’s still one of the most solid releases of the year thus far.

34 Comments

  • danny keep

    Makes me wonder if he's finally got to perform at Madison Square. Regardless, sick album, "Me and My Gang" is probably my favorite. This is real rap

  • beta

    I really like this one.

  • Jimmy

    Masta Ace and dooms new album Son of Yvonne is the best hip hop album i have heard in years maybe the best i have ever heard, it is really something very speicel, to me this is masterpiece 10 out of 10 . jimmy

  • carAnthony

    Real hip-hop! One of da best releases this year, for real...

  • Wayne

    This album is excellent all around.

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  • MICrophone Tone

    Recycled beats or not, this album is great! The concept alone should warrant your attention. Who else can you say is damn near 50 and can still rap with substance?? Ace has been in the game for a very long time and this album is still way better than the majority of so called "hiphop" that is being released as of late. If you're a fan of hiphop and Masta Ace you'll appreciate this album for what it is. Again, the concept alone is Amazing!

  • Loc

    Ace has reached such a mastery of the art or rapping.

  • D1

    Recycled DOOM beats or not, this album was originally a mixtape. I'm not even mad at hearing how SONGS were crafted over beats we've bumped for years. On top of that, Ace always comes thru with dope concept albums; this one is no different. Say what you want about what's out right now. Say what you want about recycled beats (by the way--dead that bullshit now!). The first 5 times I listened to this album, it was with no skip-overs. Weeks later, it's still in the deck. By textbook definition, this is a classic by CLASSIC standards.

  • jeffluv

    Props to Ace, love his work, love DOOM's beats...but Ace's assertion that only superduper fans will have heard the beats before put me off, seemed a little out of touch Hope it does well enough for them to link next time

  • recycle

    freestyle session over recycled DOOM beats

  • Doubl Negative

    I love both of these dudes, especially Doom, but I don't wanna hear Ace spittin' his verses over Doom's sloppy-seconds. I heard some of these tracks when Ace was interviewed by Premo on Rap Is Outta Control and I just felt ambivalent. A huge disappointment.

  • Dick B

    Haven't heard it yet, already seems to be a disappointment, so I wouldn't have my hopes high. Sorta corny album cover.

  • MightyMike27

    4/5 Really Good album. I missed Ace. "Home Sweet Home" is my shit. Finally someone making sense on these beats lol jk

  • Tito

    As soon as I heard that the album would contain Special Herbs beats I knew it wouldn't be one of my favorite Ace's albums. All of them are great beats, but I already heard more than a dozen of mc's rhyming over those beats. I'm still wondering what happen with MF Doom. He must have a serious illness or something because he use to be a workalcoholic, but on late years he has been lazzy as hell. When it comes to the mc I must admit that to me, Masta Ace sounds boring as hell on this album... I'm a big fan of every solo Masta Ace album, but this one ain't great at all. I give it 3 stars just because it ain't bad album, but I was expecting it to be one of the best albums of the 10's

  • tron-uno

    as soon as i heard the first recycled doom beat i turned it off. i was looking for something fresh from M.A. guess i'm just tired of hearing the same beats over and over again from doom.

  • C.R.E.A.M.

    One of the top 20 MCs of all time & one of the top 20 producers of all time... out come should of really been better did feel Masta carried this project.

  • chicasal

    Gave it a fresh 2 stars, recycled beats and boring aces verses. Disappointing to me

  • Jim

    Good review. I thought this album was great, definitely worth a listen.

  • ICKspaceman666

    as ill as those Special Herbs beats are I just can't get over the fact that he really used all those old ass beats to make an album. And it's not even like DOOM had anything to do with this, Ace heard Special Herbs and just decided to use them for his album like niggas aint been bumping these same beats for YEARS

  • Anonymous

    Its a fair score. I loved the lyrics but disliked the recycling of beats. I'm hoping someone like Madlib or someone else does a remixed beats version.

  • mr. tibbs

    Big fan of Ace and I love Doom too. Ace is who carries this album, dude is butta on the mic. And his concepts are consistant on all his projects including this one. If your not up on Ace you can get any album of old and that shit will blow your mind. However Doom is a lazy bastard who should be tired of handing out his old beats. I have had these beats for a while and have made my own mixtapes and demos with these shits. Not as good as Ace which is why this was a good listen. To be working with an icon like Ace, Doom could have went into the kitchen to create some new shit. Again I love Doom but his projects as of late has been re-release this, remix and dub over that. Fuck you Doom, but I love you. In the end this album is good but the longevity is my issue because its only 50% new. Get the Fuck off the couch Doom. DX late on the review again. lol

  • ErikThaRed

    I've had this album for a couple months now and they just reviewing it now? Dope album all the way through. His concept albums are always crazy. Reminiscent of Indisposable Arts. Beats are on point too!

  • Howard

    Love this man's way of tellin a story..... Still bummpin' his last two album on my ipod......

  • MF Grimm

    Wow @ dude below... no words, son. This review is really spot on, actually. I love Ace. He deserves constant credit... but not crazy about recycled beats. Still, it's not like I know all those beats anyway, so what do I care?

  • Anonymous

    another washup 45 year old rapper who career is over.