Revered southland emcee Aceyalone is set to release his latest high concept LP, Lightning Strikes, on New York label Decon. His newest collection, consisting of 15 dancehall-inspired tracks, is a distinctively offbeat blend of hip-hop and dancehall.
Working with LA producer Bionik, who’s known for crafting dub, dancehall, and reggae inspired tracks, Aceyalone went into the lab and began work on what will be the first in a series of albums inspired by other genres of music. The result is a new sound that blends Acey’s vocals with the up-tempo vibes of dancehall and the laid back riddims of reggae.
The single, “Easy” which features Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, is a rapid fire head-knodder, sure to get bodies moving on the dance floors, while other tracks like “Jungle Muzik” and “To The Top” are all around good tunes for any occasion.
The dancehall and sound selector scene of the islands is what led to the birth of hip-hop, so it’s only natural for Aceyalone to be drawn to this style of music.
“I want to explore the world of music through hip-hop,” explains Acey of how he came up with the idea for this album. “I’ve got many more coming too, like a jazz, a funk, and a world music record.”
A founding member of the pioneering rap group Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone has always been at the forefront of the west coast indie hip-hop movement. The founder of the label Project Blowed, Aceyalone is one of LA’s most respected, prolific hip-hop artists. He is currently previewing his new album to audiences statewide alongside Z-Trip on the All*Pro tour.