Interview with rapper Ace The Time
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Ace The Time is a producer and artist based in Washinton DC. A complex individual, leading a crappy life, mad at the world, he uses his music to search for himself... his sanity... and his happiness.
Ace's whole purpose in being is to create great Timeless music and stay on the cutting edge. Hopefully inspire a few people, Change a few things and Craft some Classiks.
Alright, lets get the good stuff first...tell us a little bit about your next album and when its gonna drop.
My next album is going to be EPIC!!! lol. I mean, I try to make all my songs epic in some way, emotionally, musically, energetically (Is that a word lol). But its gonna be on-point. This album is what I want from other artists seeing as essentially I'm a fan, fed up with people not delivering lyrically, musically etc. Its going to have a live drum, 90/2000-reinvented/updated, and dramatic sound. Its still in the conceptual and production stages but some songs have been writin and I can already hear everything done.... I dont get excited about much but I'm pretty excited about this!
How did you get started in making music?
Well, back in second grade, I wrote my first rhyme dissing my friend that got together with one of my Ex's. lol I still remember the beginning of it, joint was dope!! lol. I wrote all through high school. Formed a group, dudes became weed heads, couldnt stay sober, we broke up. Won a few song/writing contests etc. My first experience in the studio was with a afterschool program, called Esharp. That was were I learned how to engineer and make beats. At the same time, my homie Justin Holman (RIP) had started his studio so I was makin beats and recording all through the end of high school.
It was history from there on.
Who are your major influences?
My first CD I EVER bought, was Eminem, Marshal Mathers LP. Been a big fan ever since. Dr. Dre
supplied the stink face beats lol. Old Xzibit
. My dad would blast 2pac
constantly in the car, in high school I rediscovered his genius. Lauren Hill
brought topics other singers never did, not to mention she rapped. I LOVED me some lauren hill lol. Bands like Parliament, Chaka Khan
, Gill Scott Heron just to name a few
Lately I've been bumping, Joe Buddden, he always brings it lyrically. All slaughter house matter of fact. Lupe, Just blaze, "Trap muzik" Ti, old Juelz Santana. Alot of old R&B groups... thats all I got off the top of my head.
Are you currently signed on a label? If not, are you looking to...or just looking to stay independent?
No I'm not signed. I'd do it if the details were right, I'm on my business. Everyday I'm researching whats goin on and what it means for me and my career/livelihood. I'm cool with being independant, I'm prepared for it. This album isnt just the start for me musically but business wise also.
On your myspace it says you are working on several projects besides your album. Care to elaborate?
I'm working with the singer on "ForEver Summer" Kiara J. A rapper named EyeZ, a group ViceVersa (R&B/Hiphop duo), and I have 5 mixtapes dropping this year(2 finished, 1 released already). I'm working constantly making sure its all top quality and has that special "It" factor. No sloppiness over here lol.
A lot of your tracks seem to have a similar motif; namely painful experiences and change. Is there a story behind this?
Yea!! All my songs are like snapshots of my life, how I feel, or what I'm surrounded by at that time. Each project has been described as a time capsule lol. Being raised dead broke, and seeing your mom almost die will give you some stories lol
What is the saddest track you have ever heard?
Wow.... Its a toss up between: Eminem -If I Had, Eminem -Stan, Joe Budden- All of me, Joe Budden- Walk with me, Gill scott Heron -What they said. All these artists have pretty deep, sad or reflective songs. Its hard to choose really lol
What is your most favorite track you've created?
My magnus opus right now HAS to be "ForEver Summer". Its a dope song, everything came together so perfectly, and I love the summer!!! But it goes alittle deeper than that. My homie that died was my biggest fan. he'd ride around BLASTING it through the streets lol. In my mind that song is near perfect in so many ways. It has alot of things I'd change if I made it today. But actually, those little things are what make it so special. Not to mention, that song gets the biggest response from the fans.
Any shoutouts and final words?
Yea!! ShoutOuts to Esharp Music Studio, Mom, Kiara J, Nate, EyeZ, ViceVersa. Shout outs to all the fans and supporters, everyone I've met and worked with, yall helped make me who I am today!!
Final Words: Be yourself, Be smart, determined, and confident. Work hard, the world is what YOU make it, no matter what you've been given!! PEACE.