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4318Los Angeles rapper and founding member of Freestyle Fellowship, Haiku D’Etat and Project Blowed, Aceyalone returns with “The Lonely Ones”, his ninth solo album that draws on Phil Spector, 1960s girl groups, the J.B.s and a slew of raw and dirty funk for sonic inspiration.

For legendary emcee Aceyalone, being out of the norm has paradoxically always been the norm. After indulging his love of Jamaican music for 2007’s “Lightning Strikes”, the musically diverse emcee brings his admiration for doo-wop, blues and funk to the forefront. On the title track finger snaps, falsetto choruses and Rickenbacker guitar dominate the production, a sound closer to Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound than today’s by-the-numbers beats. “What It Wuz” recalls the same era, but looks more towards Motown and Holland/Dozier/Holland production to emulate and update classic soul groups (think Martha & the Vandellas, Four Tops). “To The Top (Remix)”, with its classic Bo Diddley beat, conjures up images of an early-20th century juke joint on Saturday night, while “Can’t Hold Back” is pure grimy funk, showcasing Aceyalone’s faux-bandleader personage as much as his emcee side. In true James Brown form, the emcee genially barks instructions to his band and engages the crowd in a rowdy call-and-response.

“I’m not from that era, but this is my ode to it”, says the emcee of the album’s feel. “I’m just putting myself into that character as a showman and bandleader. But I can still rhyme with the best of them. Artists are going to experiment and go different places and I love that whole era anyway.”

In stark contrast to the quantity-over-quality approach favored by so many emcees, Aceyalone has always prided himself on quality control. “The Lonely Ones” is no exception. With “The Lonely Ones”, Aceyalone along with producer Bionik, strikes down sonic boundaries and throws the listener back to a time when music was pure, energetic, and fun. “The Lonely Ones” isn’t just a collection of songs, but an album where every part is essential to its meaning.

In 1995 Aceyalone released his debut solo album “All Balls Don’t Bounce”, earning massive critical acclaim and declaring Aceyalone “one of the greatest lyricists the West Coast has ever produced”. Since then, the emcee has released eight more solo albums, with 2006 alone seeing the release of two albums. “You might say I’m prolific”, says Aceyalone, “but I’m still a work in progress. I’m just a conveyor of what’s already out there and people just don’t see it. I just interpret it.”

“The Lonely Ones” represents another chapter in a consistently evolving career for the emcee. And after nine solo albums and countless more with others, there’s still a whole novel to go.


01. Live At The Firehouse Intro
02. Lonely Ones feat. Bionik
03. Cant Hold Back feat. Treasure Davis
04. What It Wuz feat. Bionik
05. Power To The People
06. On The One
07. Step Up feat. Treasure Davis
08. To The Top (Remix)
09. Workin Man’s Blues feat. Bionik
10. Push N’ Pull
11. Outro Bionik Quartet

The album AceyaloneThe Lonely Ones” (Decon) has been released April 3, 2009.

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