Guest Star: "MF Doom Has A Certain Sense Of Humor & Does A Lot Of Funny Things"
Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 3:45PM
[With MF Doom continuing to remain an elusive hip-hop emcee, rap veteran Masta Ace gives SOHH readers his take on the Brooklyn rapper and decision to recently drop his MF-inspired Ma-Doom retail album.]
For me, Ma-Doom was pretty much a personal project. It was something that I wanted to do to kind of honor the memory of my mother. It was kind of a way to say thank-you to her and I've been kind of scheming on this MF Doom beats for a while. For about a year and a half or two years, driving around the car and listening to them, I started getting some ideas for some songs.
Then it became a challenge. I thought, "Could I put together a cohesive collection of songs over these beats?" That became the challenge to try and do that.
Social networking had a huge impact on the album. It was on Twitter that I first revealed considering doing this project. I kind of of just mentioned it on Twitter to see what the reaction would be and I got this overwhelming response from fans saying that they couldn't wait and couldn't wait to hear it.
That really put the battery in my back to go in and finish it up.
MF Doom knows how to rhyme. That's what kind of got me into him. Straight rhymes. As an emcee, you hear a lot of songs, you hear a lot of rappers and some guys just stand out among the crowd and he stood out by the way he put words together.
MF Doom has a certain sense of humor and he does a lot of funny things. The ways his words rhymes, it's very special and there's very few of those guys around and he's one of them.
With an impressive resume in rap that includes membership in the legendary Juice Crew (along with Marley Marl, MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, and Craig G) and a verse on the 1988 classic posse cut "The Symphony," Brooklyn's Masta Ace is truly an underappreciated rap veteran and underground luminary. Two years after "The Symphony," Ace released his debut album Take a Look Around on rap's version of the Motown label, Cold Chillin' Records.