Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #45 Aceyalone
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Aceyalone has been one of the great emcees of our time. His lyrical talent is unmatchable and he is recognized as a founding father of the L.A. underground. He makes our Top 100 Artists of the Decade list for playing an important role in the evolution of underground hip hop on the West Coast.
Aceyalone is a founding member of the legendary Los Angeles group Freestyle Fellowship, a member of Haiku D'Etat (with Mikah 9 and Abstract Rude) and is co-founder of Project Blowed, the L.A. open-mic night that gradually morphed into a record label. Aceyalone's trademark is his hyperliterate flow, incorporating tongue-twisters and perfectly-timed pauses into his rhymes in a manner that reflects an unparalleled grasp of rhythm, even by the standards of hip hop.
Acey released two of his best albums before this decade (All Balls Don't Bounce and A Book of Human Language) but what keeps him on our list is his revered status within the West Coast underground hip hop scene that has lasted almost 15 years. All Balls Don't Bounce was overlooked at its time of release in 1995, and later slipped quietly out of print. In 2004 however, Project Blowed secured the rights to All Balls Don't Bounce from Capitol and reissued it, reviving the album after many years out of print.
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