In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli", Talib Kweli sits down with rapper, writer, producer, and original member of the legendary Juice Crew:
Here's what they got into:
- Ace's bars exemplifying rhyme schemes that shaped Talib as an emcee
- Rakim's innovations of rhyme patterns impacting how Ace approached writing
- How the song "Crooklyn Dodgers" for the 1994 Spike Lee joint "Crooklyn" came together
- Ace being fully immersed in the early stages of hip hop, growing up in Brownsville, BK
- Going to Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay High School and joining the football team
- Working as a HS football coach for 11 years, while keeping his identity under wraps
- Ace winning the first rap contest he entered himself in, in 1986
- How Ace landed himself a spot on the Juice Crew and the song, "The Symphony"
- A young Ol' Dirty Bastard getting himself kicked off the Cold Chillin' tour
- The impact of Ace's debut, 'Take A Look Around' and how he feels about it now
- People thinking Ace's voiced impression of Biz was really him on, "Me & The Biz"
- Ace's song, "Jeep Ass Niguh", and how it was inspired by LL's, "The Boomin' System"
- Hearing how much Eminem was influenced by Ace's, 'SlaughtaHouse' album
- Breaking down how 'Sittin' On Chrome' was Ace's "compromise album"
- His experience with Big Beat Records and how that album fell through
- Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and keeping it private for 13 years
- Forming the eMC crew with Wordsworth, Stricklin, and Punchline
- How his 2001 tour in the UK inspired the penning of 'Disposable Arts'
- The honesty of "Dear Diary" and it's pointing to where battle rap was going
- The song, "Soda & Soap", with Jean Grae originally being written for Will Smith
- Ace and Marco Polo's 'A Breukelen Story' leaning into Marco's life
- How 'MA Doom: Son of Yvonne' was born from Ace's love of "Special Herbs"
- Unpacking "Home In America" about the impact of systemic racism
- Ace's work on a hip hop musical based on three of his albums
- What's next for Ace?