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Hidden Gems: Aceyalone, “A Book of Human Language”

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In our series Hidden Gems, writers share their favorite Bandcamp discoveries.

The March 1998 issue of The Source, then thought of as a Bible for hip-hop enthusiasts, led with a cover story on Bad Boy-affiliated artists Mase and The Lox, heralding them as the next generation of rap superstars. In that same issue, a young Eminem would win the coveted profile in the magazine’s Unsigned Hype column for up-and-coming artists. And Freestyle Fellowship co-founder and Good Life/Project Blowed veteran Aceyalone’s sophomore album, A Book of Human Language, received an underwhelming review—2.5 out of 5 mics. The tastemaking publication was clearly swinging firmly commercial, and the underground was getting left behind. Continue reading