Wednesday, January 9th 8:00PM
Eddie Hayes, better known by his stage name Aceyalone, is an American rapper. He is a founding member of the Freestyle Fellowship. Apart from his role in Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone is also a member of Haiku D’Etat (with Mikah 9 and Abstract Rude) and The A-Team (with Abstract Rude), and he is a co-founder of Project Blowed. After releasing a pair of albums with the Freestyle Fellowship, To Whom it May Concern… and Innercity Griots, as well as the 1994Project Blowed compilation, Acey signed to Capitol Records and released his highly acclaimed solo debut All Balls Don’t Bounce in 1995. He returned three years later with his second album, A Book of Human Language, a collaboration with producer Mumbles. In 1999, he released a self-titled group album with Haiku D’Etat. In 2000, The A-Team released their first album as a duo, titled Who Framed the A-Team?. Acey returned solo again in 2001 with his third solo album, Accepted Eclectic. In 2002, the Freestyle Fellowship returned after 9 years for the release of their third group album, Shockadoom. 2002 and 2003 saw two more solo releases, Hip Hop and the World We Live In and Love & Hate and another A-Team album (‘Lab Down Under’). In 2006, Aceyalone released two more solo projects, first, Magnificent City, a collaboration with producer RJD2, followed by Grand Imperial.
In stark contrast to the quantity-over-quality approach favored by so many emcees, Aceyalone has always prided himself on quality control. He has long been a lyrical master, able to weave the personal, political and social into one cohesive fabric, has never been questioned. The music takes equal billing, with Acey striking down sonic boundaries and throwing the listener back to a time when music was pure, energetic, and fun.