MA_DOOM: Son of Yvonne
Coming out of Brooklyn, Masta Ace has been serving up top-quality hip-hop since the late '80s, when he debuted alongside The Juice Crew on the much-loved posse-cut classic "The Symphony." While most of that era's emcees have faded into obscurity, Ace has continued to quietly drop excellent albums every few years. Where many rappers record a few singles and a gang of filler, Ace does the opposite; his last several projects (Disposable Arts, A Long Hot Summer, The Show) were straight-up concept albums that told detailed stories from start to finish. That trend continues with MA_Doom, as he drops 16 autobiographical tracks that flash back to his youth ("Nineteen Seventy Something"), being a fan of old-school heroes ("Fresh Fest"), and touring cross-country ("Home Sweet Home"). Every joint is produced by MF DOOM, who revisits instrumentals previously rocked by Monsta Island Czars, King Gheedorah, Kurious, and the Special Herbs beat tapes. It's a great album from two certified legends.