Masta Ace Talks Linking The Memory Of His Mother With His "MA DOOM" Project
Juice Crew alum Masta Ace explains how an idea for a mixtape over DOOM instrumentals became a tribute to his mother Yvonne.
Through being enterprising (or just repackaging some of his previously used instrumentals), DOOM has placed a number of his beats onto multiple albums by various artists. The instrumental “Datura Stramonium” can be found as DOOM’s own “Poo-Putt Platter” from Mm…Food as well as DOOM & Vast Aire’s “Da Supafriendz” and Masta Ace’s upcoming “Me And My Gang.” So Ace’s original plan to release MA DOOM as a mixtape featuring him rhyming over a series of tracks from DOOM’s Special Herbs instrumental box set has a bit of a precedent. But as Ace explained during his latest webisode with Fat Beats and Brooklyn Bodega, that plan changed when the label approached him and asked if he was interested in combining his rhymes with the DOOM instrumentals as part of a retail project.
The project’s somewhat unorthodox title, MA DOOM: Son Of Yvonne, comes from Ace’s desire to pay tribute to his greatest musical influence—something that’s hinted at on the interlude “Dedication.” The MA in MA DOOM is more than just an acronym for Masta Ace.
“I wanted to dedicate the album to the memory of my mother,” Ace explained. “She passed away in 2005. She was very influential in me being a Hip Hop artist. Growing up, I had access to a very extensive record collection that she owned. It was through those albums and those album covers and those dusty albums that I kinda discovered what I liked as far as beats and what sounded good to me.”
MA DOOM: Son Of Yvonne will be released via Fat Beats on July 17. In the meantime, Ace will discuss different aspects of the project via his upcoming webisodes with Fat Beats and Brooklyn Bodega. Check out the first full webisode below: