Edwin M. 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]

Aceyalone performing in 2005
Background information
Birth nameEdwin M. Hayes, Jr.
BornSeptember 30, 1970 (age 48)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresHip hop
Alternative hip hop
Underground hip hop
Jazz rap
Trip hop
Experimental hip hop
Years active1988–present
LabelsProject Blowed
Capitol, EMI Records
Associated actsFreestyle Fellowship
Haiku D'Etat
The A-Team


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]


Studio albums

Compilation albums


  • "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)


  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 2012-08-20.
  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 24 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b Weiss, Jeff. "Having Already Influenced Every Rapper You Like, Freestyle Fellowship Are Back". LA Weekly. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b Pecoraro, David. "Aceyalone - Accepted Eclectic". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 January 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 24 January 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 24 January 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 24 January 2014.
  20. ^ "Leanin' On Slick". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  21. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (May 27, 2013). "Aceyalone - Leanin' On Slick". Exclaim!.
  22. ^ Drake, David. "Hip-Hop's Sonic Doppelgangers". Complex. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  23. ^ 319 (2015-02-25). "Aceyalone & Bionik – "Ghetto Blaster"". Retrieved 2015-06-01.

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Abstract Rude

Aaron Pointer, better known by his stage name Abstract Rude, is a rapper from Los Angeles, California.

He is the MC of Abstract Tribe Unique, alongside dancers Zulu Butterfly and Irie Lion King, turntablist DJ Drez and producer Fat Jack. He is also a member of Haiku D'Etat along with Myka 9 and Aceyalone and The A-Team along with Aceyalone.


Decon is a New York-based creative studio. Housing production, creative, strategy and music divisions, the company creates campaigns on behalf of brands and advertising agencies.

Freestyle Fellowship

Freestyle Fellowship is an American hip hop group from Los Angeles, California. It consists of Aceyalone, Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E., and Self Jupiter. They are part of the Project Blowed collective.

Grand Imperial (album)

Grand Imperial is a compilation album by American rapper Aceyalone. It was released on Project Blowed and Decon in 2006.

Lightning Strikes (Aceyalone album)

Lightning Strikes is a studio album by American rapper Aceyalone. It was released on Decon in 2007. The production is handled by Bionik.


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Project Blowed

Project Blowed is an open-mic workshop, its affiliated underground hip hop crew and record label based in Los Angeles, California. This hip hop function started in 1994 and features many music groups, emcees, and dancers local to the Southern California area.

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