The A-Team a.k.a. Aceyalone & Abstract Rude
Aceyalone and Abstract Rude have been rapping and selling out shows and for years. Widely recognized as two of the more lyrically gifted in the history of emceeing, Aceyalone and Abstract Rude embody the sophisticated west coast style together as the A-Team
Eddie Hayes, better known by his stage name Aceyalone, is a founding member of the Freestyle Fellowship. Apart from his role in Freestyle Fellowship, and the A-Team, Aceyalone is also a member of Haiku DŐEtat (with Mikah 9 and Abstract Rude) and a co-founder of Project Blowed. After releasing a pair of albums with the Freestyle Fellowship, To Whom it May ConcernÉ and Innercity Griots, as well as the 1994 Project Blowed compilation, Acey signed to Capitol Records and released his highly acclaimed solo debut All Balls DonŐt 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 DŐEtat. 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. In 2006, Aceyalone released two more solo projects, first, Magnificent City, a collaboration with producer RJD2, followed by Grand Imperial.
As a product of the legendary Goodlife open mic sessions, Abstract Rude splashed onto the scene in 1994 as part of the famed Project Blowed crew that included LAŐs Freestyle Fellowship and Aceyalone. As one half of the A-Team (with Aceyalone), one third of Haiku DŐEtat (with Aceyalone & Myka 9) and frontman of his group Abstract Tribe Unique (ATU), Ab Rude has endeared himself to fans worldwide through consistent touring and genre defining albums such as 1999Ős South Central Thynk Tank (currently out of print). Once signed to the Beastie Boys Grand Royal imprint, Ab re-emerged in 2009 with the album Rejuvenation, a hard hitting soulful ride showcasing Ab RudeŐs distinct and unlimited vocal styling.
The A-Team released their first album as a duo in 2000, titled Who Framed the A-Team?. Their second album, Lab Down Under, dropped in 2003.
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