All Balls Don't Bounce [Revisited]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The breakout MC from the woefully underappreciated Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone emerged as the godfather of the L.A. underground scene with his 1995 solo debut, All Balls Don't Bounce. A spectacular lyrical milestone, All Balls was overlooked at the time, and later slipped quietly out of print. Which is extremely unfortunate, since Aceyalone is one of the greatest lyricists the West Coast has ever produced, twisting his fluid rhymes around and off the beat with the improvisational assurance of Rakim. What's more, his subject matter goes beyond the battle rhymes that most mike virtuosos hone their technique with. He's cerebral and philosophical, yet bursting with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The breakout MC from the woefully underappreciated Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone emerged as the godfather of the L.A. underground scene with his 1995 solo debut, All Balls Don't Bounce. A spectacular lyrical milestone, All Balls was overlooked at the time, and later slipped quietly out of print. Which is extremely unfortunate, since Aceyalone is one of the greatest lyricists the West Coast has ever produced, twisting his fluid rhymes around and off the beat with the improvisational assurance of Rakim. What's more, his subject matter goes beyond the battle rhymes that most mike virtuosos hone their technique with. He's cerebral and philosophical, yet bursting with confidence at the same time, which lends a definite sense of excitement to his literate wordplay. His lyrics aren't just long strings of ten-cent words -- they're an important part of the songs' rhythmic drive, and he knows when to leave empty space in his lines to keep the groove flowing smoothly. The production on All Balls Don't Bounce is solid if unspectacular, usually spare and jazzy, with lots of piano/keyboard samples and some fitting nods to the abstract side of hard bop. If it's occasionally geared to spotlight the lyrics, that's only logical, especially when the results are as daring as "Arythamaticulas." Lead single "Mic Check" and "All Balls" are textbook MC showcases, as is "Knownots," a tag-team track with future Haiku d'Etat cohorts Mikah 9 and Abstract Rude. On the vibraphone-driven jazz-rap cuts "The Greatest Show on Earth" and "Headaches & Woes," Acey lays down some of the most rhythmically sophisticated, complex rhymes since the Native Tongues. His positive attitude toward women is more than just political correctness; he's nothing less than enraptured by them. In "Annalillia," he can't resist being shot down repeatedly by a fascinating and independent woman, and in "Makeba," he tries to win back a favorite ex-girlfriend who left without warning. It all adds up to a singular debut from a major talent. [The record was reissued in 2004 as All Balls Don't Bounce Revisited featuring a bonus disc of music and video content. The musical tracks are made up of six remixes of songs from the record and eight newly recorded songs. The video segment contains four videos: "Mic Check," "I Think," "Knownots" and "Give It Here."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Decon Inc
  • UPC: 724101921827
  • Catalog Number: 8

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Balls (4:31)
  2. 2 Anywhere You Go (4:10)
  3. 3 Deep and Wide (2:32)
  4. 4 Mr. Outsider (5:53)
  5. 5 Annalillia? (4:14)
  6. 6 Knownots - Mikah 9 (5:00)
  7. 7 Arhythamaticulas (3:28)
  8. 8 The Greatest Show on Earth (4:47)
  9. 9 Mic Check (4:23)
  10. 10 Call It Cali (0:54)
  11. 11 Headaches and Woes (3:57)
  12. 12 I Think (1:17)
  13. 13 Makeba (5:20)
  14. 14 B-Boy Kingdom - Mikah 9 (5:37)
  15. 15 Keep It True (5:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All Balls Intro
  2. 2 Universal Soldier
  3. 3 Headaches and Woes Intro
  4. 4 Headaches and Woes
  5. 5 The Greatest Show on Earth
  6. 6 The Greatest Show on Earth
  7. 7 Mic Check
  8. 8 Show Your Right
  9. 9 The Nobodys
  10. 10 They Don't Know
  11. 11 Feet Up on the Table
  12. 12 Tweakendz
  13. 13 I Dream
  14. 14 Believe in Your Self
  15. 15 Mic Check
  16. 16 I Think
  17. 17 Knownots
  18. 18 Give It Here
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aceyalone Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mumbles Producer
Sean Freehill Engineer
Kemo Producer
James B. Mansfield Engineer
The Nonce Producer
Fat Jack Producer
Aceyalone Producer, Executive Producer
Tommy Steele Artwork
Chillin Villin Empire Producer
Vic Hop Producer
Punish Producer
DJ Homicide Producer
Underground Railroad Producer
Barr 9 Producer
Peter Bittenbender Executive Producer
Earthquake Brothers Producer
Jeremy Fels Video Director
Jason Goldwatch Video Director
Rashidi Harper Video Director
Asif Mian Art Direction
Jeff King Mastering
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