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Aceyalone
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Aceyalone performing in 2005
Background information
Edwin M. Hayes, Jr.
Born (1970-09-30) September 30, 1970 (age 48)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresHip hop
Alternative hip hop
Underground hip hop
Jazz rap
Trip hop
Experimental hip hop
Rapper
1988-present
LabelsProject Blowed
Capitol, EMI Records
Decon
Freestyle Fellowship
Haiku D'Etat
The A-Team
Websiteaceyalone.com

Edwin M. "Eddie" Hayes, Jr. (born September 30, 1970), better known by his stage name Aceyalone,[1] is an American rapper from Los Angeles, California, United States. He is a member of Freestyle Fellowship, Haiku D'Etat and The A-Team and a co-founder of Project Blowed.[2] Aceyalone is best known for his role in evolving left-field hip-hop on the West Coast at a time when the West Coast was dominated by Gangsta Rap.[1][3]

Career

Project Blowed and Freestyle Fellowship

Aceyalone emerged from the legendary Project Blowed collective, considered to be the longest-running open mic hip-hop workshop.[4] He began rapping as part of the group Freestyle Fellowship, which consisted of himself, Myka 9, and Self Jupiter and, later, P.E.A.C.E.. Freestyle Fellowship developed a reputation for influencing a style of fast double-time rap used by rappers like Busta Rhymes and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.[5]

Solo projects

Following the Freestyle Fellowship releases of To Whom It May Concern... and Innercity Griots as well as a Project Blowed compilation in 1994, Aceyalone signed as a solo artist to Capitol Records after Island failed to break the Freestyle Fellowship on mainstream radio.[5]

Aceyalone released his breakthrough solo debut album, All Balls Don't Bounce, in 1995.[3] He returned three years later with his second album A Book of Human Language, a collaboration with producer Mumbles, which was a dark concept album.[6][7]

His third solo album, Accepted Eclectic, was released in 2001, featuring Abstract Rude and production from Evidence.[8][9][10] He released Hip Hop and the World We Live In in 2002.[11] Aceyalone's next offering came a year later, and was titled Love & Hate.[12][13][14] The track "Find Out" was featured on the soundtrack to You Got Served.[15] In 2006, Aceyalone released Magnificent City, a collaborative album with producer RJD2,[16][17] followed by the Grand Imperial mixtape.[18]

Aceyalone frequently collaborates with producer Bionik such as on the 2007 release Lightning Strikes and the 2009 release Aceyalone & the Lonely Ones. Both albums explored different genres - dancehall and doo-wop respectively - as part of Aceyalone's goal of "exploring the world of music through hip hop."[15] The Phil Spector-inspired Aceyalone & the Lonely Ones followed.[19] Inspired by Spector's Wall of Sound, Motown and Bo Diddley, Aceyalone said: "I'm not from that era, but this is my ode to it. I'm just putting myself into that character as a showman and bandleader."[19]Leanin' on Slick, released in 2013 with Decon Records, continued the retro flow of the previous release, this time taking inspiration from 1960s style-R&B and hot buttered soul.[20][21]

Style and influences

Aceyalone has been noted particularly for his innovative lyrical style and content. Some attribute the double-time rap styles that emerged in the mid-1990s to Aceyalone and Freestyle Fellowship, although this is disputed by others.[22]

Aceyalone and Freestyle Fellowship were noted for their rejection of the West Coast trend in Gangsta Rap. Aceyalone developed strong critiques of rap music's commercialization and glorification of violence.[6]

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

Singles

  • "Mic Check" (1995)
  • "The Greatest Show On Earth" (1996)
  • "The Guidelines" (1998)
  • "Moonlit Skies" (2003)
  • "Lost Your Mind" (2003)
  • "Fire" (2005)
  • "Supahero" (2006)

Guest appearances

Compilation appearances

  • "Jurassick", "I Think", "Maskaraid", and "Treble and Bass" on Project Blowed (1995)
  • "Project Bliznaiznowed" on The Funky Precedent (1999)
  • "Future Rockers" on Tags of the Times 3 (2001)
  • "Do the Math", "Give It Here", and "Superstars" on Project Blowed Presents the Good Brothers (2003)
  • "Doin' My Job" on 2K6: The Tracks (2005)
  • "Enter the Kaos", "Do Unto Others", and "Ruff Rhymes" on Project Blowed 10th Anniversary (2005)
  • "Let's Go Get It", "Borderline", and "Krazy World" on Calicomm 2004 (2005)
  • "Champions" on Dan the Automator Presents 2K7 (2006)

References

  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Aceyalone - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". Allmusic.
  2. ^ Zuñiga-West, Dante (May 17, 2012). "Alone and Still Standing". Eugene Weekly. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b Arnold, Paul W (March 20, 2011). "Aceyalone: Bounce These Balls". HipHopDX.
  4. ^ Thill, Scott. "Freestyle Fellowship's Brain-Hop Delivers on Promise". Wired. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ a b Weiss, Jeff. "Having Already Influenced Every Rapper You Like, Freestyle Fellowship Are Back". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ a b Pecoraro, David. "Aceyalone - Accepted Eclectic". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Aceyalone - Book of Human Language". Sputnikmusic. May 25, 2011.
  8. ^ Clark, Trey (March 1, 2001). "Aceyalone - Accepted Eclectic - Project Blowed". The Daily Nexus.
  9. ^ Cowie, Del F. (April 2001). "Aceyalone - Accepted Eclectic". Exclaim!.
  10. ^ "Accepted Eclectic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ Shepherd, Julianne (March 2, 2003). "Aceyalone: Hip Hop and the World We Live In". Pitchfork Media.
  12. ^ Palmer, Tamara (July 10, 2003). "Aceyalone". Phoenix New Times.
  13. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (July 2003). "Aceyalone - Love & Hate". Exclaim!.
  14. ^ Cowie, Del F. (July 2003). "Aceyalone - Love & Hate". Exclaim!.
  15. ^ a b Johnson, Nicole. "Lightning Strikes by Aceyalone". Impose. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ Solomon, Eric (February 14, 2006). "Aceyalone with RJD - Magnificent City". Prefix.
  17. ^ Patch, Nick (April 2006). "Aceyalone - Magnificent City". Exclaim!.
  18. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Grand Imperial - Aceyalone". Allmusic.
  19. ^ a b "Aceyalone Goes Doo Wopping". IGN. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ "Leanin' On Slick". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014.
  21. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (May 27, 2013). "Aceyalone - Leanin' On Slick". Exclaim!.
  22. ^ Drake, David. "Hip-Hop's Sonic Doppelgangers". Complex. Retrieved 2014.
  23. ^ 319 (2015-02-25). "Aceyalone & Bionik - "Ghetto Blaster"". UGSMAG.com. Retrieved .

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