MA DOOM might sound like some sinister matriarch presiding over death and misery in a bizarre hybrid of misery-fest soap opera ‘Eastenders’ and a well-known multiplayer game…but it’s not. What it is is a tribute by Masta Ace (MA) to his much-missed mum (or ‘ma’), Yvonne, over a set of Special Herbs & Spices beats by one DOOM (the artist formerly known as MF Doom, a.k.a. Zev Love X, etc., etc. It’s also been out for a very long minute but I keep being pestered to write about this by feral PR companies – so here’s the 411 – er – except actually, that’s pretty much it in a nutshell.
Suffice it to say that Ace is still a lyrical styler, Doom’s beats are great though there’s a chance you’ve heard many of them before and the audio vibe is chilled and funky. But then we are channelling tales of Ace’s childhood from the seventies and eighties. Cue, retro skits. Best cuts are Me & My Gang and the DOOM/ Big Daddy Kane featuring Think I Am.
(Out now on Fat Beats)