Following the success of two collaborative releases (EMC “The Show”/2008 and Ace & Edo G “Arts & Entertainment” /2009), Masta Ace joins forces with the metal faced MF Doom for Son of Yvonne, a highly personal concept al- bum that celebrates the life and legacy of Ace’s recently departed Mother. Like his 2004 landmark Disposable Arts, Son of Yvonne is meticulously constructed with stories, settings, and characters that resonate with flesh and bone humanity. Interstitial vignettes provide a thematic backbone to the experience, and each track complements and completes the previous to form a narrative whole: a sometimes visceral, sometimes nostalgic slice of Ace’s young life in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Entirely underscored by MF Doom’s iconic Special Herbs instrumentals, Son of Yvonne features the Juice Crew gen- eral Big Daddy Kane, new comers Pav Bundy (The Bun- dies), Reggie B and even MF Doom on the mic. It’s Masta Ace’s no frills flow, however, that looms largest above the dusty samples and digger loops that define Doom’s pro- duction. Ace’s photo-realistic rhymes about stick-up kids, spraycan artists and wack emcees add extra gravity to his already celebrated reputation as “truly an underappreci- ated rap veteran and underground luminary” (Allmusic Guide). Like Eminem recalls in his 2008 autobiography The Way I Am, “Masta Ace had amazing storytelling skills. His thoughts were so vivid.”
01 D Ski’s Intro 02 Ninteen Seventy Something 03 Son of Yvonne 04 Da’Pro 05 Store Frontin’ 06 Me and My Gang 07 Crush Hour feat. Pav Bundy 08 Think I Am feat. Big Daddy Kane & MF DOOM 09 Fresh Fest Reggie B 10 Hoe-Tel Leftovers 11 Slow Down 12 Home Sweet Home feat. Pav Bundy 13 Dedication 14 I Did It 15 In Da Spot feat. Milani The Artis 16 Outtakes