After being remixed and cited by Eminem as an influence, Masta Ace tells Montreality about possibly inspiring Eminem.

One of Masta Ace’s most memorable moments involved him rhyming with a Biz Markie puppet for his single, “Me And The Biz.” His fellow Juice Crew member, Biz, took the Hip Hop puppeteering in stride, and—as it regards him influencing Eminem—it appears Ace does the same. When asked about the subject by Montreality, the Juice Crew alum gave his thoughts on any similarities between himself and Slim Shady.

“The first time somebody said to me that they thought Eminem sounded like me, I personally didn’t hear that,” Ace explained to “To me he sounded unique…he sounded like nobody that I had ever heard before.


The subject has been brought up before, when Em remixed Ace’s “Slaughtahouse” in 2008. Ace told HipHopDX he was honored then, and he essentially echoed that statement in regards to Eminem citing him as an influence. The Slaughtahouse album dropped in 1993, and Ace said that he related to how much of an influence certain albums can be during a Hip Hop fan’s formative years.

“We all influence each other,” Ace added. “I listen to many different rappers. And sometimes I hear something in somebody’s flow that gives me an idea for how I wanna flow on my next joint…If it was something he took from me, he flipped it and made it his.”


UPDATE: The Juice Crew alum confirms another project finished recording week, as his upcoming works reportedly features Metal Face DOOM on the boards. Planned for November release.

On Wednesday September 14, Brooklyn, New York emcee Masta Ace confirmed, via Twitter, that his collaboration album with MF DOOM is complete. Ace noted that he “handed in” the project, although label and release date information is still pending.

The project is said to be called MA DOOM: Son of Yvonne, playing off of both veteran emcees’ names. Earlier this year, reports indicated that the collaboration features productions from DOOM and rhymes from Ace, as the pair leaked “PBS,” which reportedly will not be included on the album.

Finally handed in MA_DOOM:Son of Yvonne album! FINALLY!!! Damn!!! Took 4ever to get things finalized. #hurryupandwaitmodeless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet ReplyMasta Ace

In addition to his present group, EMC, Ace hails from 1980s super-group The Juice Crew, while MF DOOM began his career with KMD. Ace also tweeted that DOOM will not be rhyming on the project.

Fyi never got that DOOM verse unfortunately but still very happy wit it. Getting him on the album woulda been icing but the cake still goodless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet ReplyMasta Ace

On Monday, Masta Ace also confirmed an upcoming 10th anniversary release of Disposable Arts, featuring new recordings of songs from the album with a live band. That project, said to be released through Fat Beats Records, has yet to be given a release date.

Previously, Masta Ace released a collaborative effort with Edo G (2009’s Arts & Entertainment), while DOOM has produced albums by John Robinson and MF Grimm.

(September 14)

UPDATE: Masta Ace confirmed today, via Twitter, that MA DOOM: Son of Yvonne is planned for November release.


To celebrate the release of Russell Peters’ new DVD The Green Card Tour: Live from the O2 Arena, Masta Ace and Marco Polo (along with some help from Wordsworth) come together to honor the Canadian comedian.