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Aceyalone has always been known for his groundbreaking musical styles and with his latest project “Lightning Strikes”, the LA legend is sure not to disappoint.

The dancehall and sound selector scene of the islands is ultimately what led to the birth of Hip-Hop, so it was only natural for Aceyalone to be drawn to this style of music when he began creating this concept album. Working with LA producer Bionik, who has a knack for crafting dub, dancehall and reggae inspired tracks, Aceyalone went into the lab and began work on the first in a series of albums inspired by other genres of music (jazz, funk and world music records are coming next). The result is a new sound that blends Aceyalone’s vocals with the up-tempo vibes of dancehall and the laid back grooves of reggae. The single “Easy”, which features Chali 2Na of Jurassic 5 is a fast-paced burner sure to incite dancefloors while other tracks on the album like “Jungle Musik” and “To The Top” are just all around good tunes for any occasions.

This project will please Aceyalone’s core audience while simultaneously opening the doors to a new group of fans!


Aceyalone first stepped into the limelight in the early 90’s as one of the key figures in the legendary Los Angeles group the Freestyle Fellowship. Over the course of four albums, the Fellowship helped redefine West Coast hip hop. Defining albums such as “To Whom It may Concern” or “Innercity Griots” introduced Aceyalone as a thought-provoking, conceptual and outgoing MC.

In 1995, Aceyalone launched a successful solo career. With timeless albums such as “All Balls Don’t Bounce”, “Accepted Eclectic” and the unique “A Book Of Human Language” Aceyalone gained the respect of music fans and critics alike, proving himself to be one of the finest rappers of his time.

This attention provided the stepping-stone for what is perhaps his proudest achievement so far: Project Blowed. Back in LA, hot on the heels of successful bands such as Freestyle Fellowship, Pharcyde or Jurassic 5, a new generation was coming to maturity. With the help of fellow A-Team member Abstract Rude, Aceyalone helped launch the revolution. In 1994, he moved the legendary open mic nights of the Good Life to a new location, Ben Caldwell’s Kaos Network a community film and arts workshop located in Leimert Park: Project Blowed was born. Still going strong after more than 10 years, the party has become a staple of hip hop lyricism, bringing together emcees of all horizons: C.V.E, Ellay Khule, Busdriver, Pigeon John emulated each other and launched their careers at the Blowed.

More than an open mic, Project Blowed has spawned a record label, which Aceyalone set up in 1994 to document this burgeoning scene. As a label and a meeting place, Project Blowed, alongside labels such as Stones Throw or Quannum has reaffirmed the prevalence of a West Coast brand of hip hop, whose sound has spread all over America and in the many corners of the world, from Europe to Australia. In 2003, Project Blowed stepped it up even further when it partnered with multi media firm Decon, which markets the records worldwide and give them an acclaimed visual identity.

In 2006 Aceyalone teamed up with super producer RJD2 on his album “Magnificent City” (Decon). He also released a limited edition mix CD entitled “Grand Imperial” on Decon, produced by Kenny Segal, DJ Z-Trip, Beat Science, Aziph, Chris Craft, RJD2, The Functionist and Morgan Z, featuring Zulu, Otherwise & Pterradacto.

The new album AceyaloneLightning Strikes” (Decon) has been released September 28, 2007.

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