Birth name

Edwin Maximilian Hayes, Jr.


30 September 1970 (age 46)


Los Angeles, California, United States


Hip hop




Capitol/EMI (1994-1996)
Project Blowed (1997-present)
Decon (2004-present)

Associated acts

The A-Team, Abstract Rude, Freestyle Fellowship, Haiku D'Etat, Myka 9, Mystik Journeymen, The Nonce

Edwin Maximilian Hayes, Jr. (born 30 September 1970), better known by his stage name Aceyalone, is an American rappper from Los Angeles, California. He is a member of Freestyle Fellowship, Haiku D'Etat and The A-Team, and a co-founder of Project Blowed. Aceyalone is best known for his role in evolving alternative hip hop on the West Coast at a time when the scene was dominated by gangsta rap.

Following the releases of the Freestyle Fellowship albums To Whom It May Concern... and Innercity Griots, as well as a Project Blowed compilation in the early 1990s, Aceyalone signed as a solo artist to Capitol Records in 1994. Aceyalone's debut solo album, All Balls Don't Bounce, was released in 1995 to positive reviews from critics. He returned three years later with the album A Book of Human Language, a collaboration with producer Mumbles, which was a dark concept album released on the Project Blowed label. His third solo album, Accepted Eclectic, was released in 2001, followed by another five solo albums released throughout the 2000s. His latest album, Leanin' on Slick, was released in 2013.

Aceyalone has been noted for his innovative lyrical style and content. He and other members of the Freestyle Fellowship were noted for their rejection of the gangsta rap trend in West Coast hip hop, and they developed strong critiques of hip hop music's commercialisation and glorification of violence.


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