Ace 12 & Ben B.

Ace 12 & Ben B.

 New York City, New York, USA
BandHip Hop

Ace 12 and Ben B are a hip hop duo from downtown Manhattan. Rooted in the ethos of hip hops golden age, Ace raps and Ben is the DJ/producer. Their debut album "Back to Basics" is simultaneously a tribute to the duos life long love of rap music, as well as proof that you can still get on some future shit with just 2 turntables (a sampler) and a microphone.

Biography

Ace 12 is an MC who has been in the rap game for a few years now. After a string of self produced singles, he struck gold when he teamed up with DJ/producer Ben B and together they made their debut LP "Back To Basics".
Prior to their official partnership, the duo had been friends for a while, DJing around town as part of the collective Neon Kobra. Realizing that they both had a love for classic hip hop, old records and Beersky (a drink invented by them), Ben gave Ace a few beats just to fuck around with for fun. The resulting track "Kobra Fam" proved to the two of them that this needed to be more than just a one off collaboration. They decided a full album was necessary and thus "Back to Basics" was born. The LP was recorded entirely in Ben's East Village studio during the summer of 2009.
Ace 12 (born Azikiwe Mohammed) has lived his entire life in lower Manhattan's TriBeCa. Over the years he has shared the stage with such acts as Sage Francis and Team Facelift. Ace's style lies somewhere between old school luminaries like Ramelzee and Spoonie G, and indie heroes like Kool Keith and Del the Funky Homosapien. As Ace puts it: "I rap about what I know. sandwiches, beers, cartoons. occasionally women, as a working mans rapper I don't have time to fake jacks talking about bullshit. Ben delivers dope beats and I try to make equally fresh rhymes that everyone can get behind. I rap because its the only choice I have." When Ace isn't rapping he works as a freelance photographer and teacher.
Ben B (born Ben Brunnemer) is an obsessive crate digger / record collector. He has been DJing all over NYC and the rest of the world for the last 10 years. After years of collecting breaks he taught himself how to make beats. His style is deeply rooted in the sounds of early nineties NY and NJ owing a heavy debt to producers like Showbiz, DJ Premier, Da Beatminerz, and Marley Marl. Ben is influenced by the classics yet puts a stamp on his beats that is uniquely his own. Ben also edits and produces music commercially and is one of NYs top fashion runway DJs.
Ace 12 and Ben B are always working. Whether playing shows, DJing around town, or in the studio working on their sophomore album "Garbage Cans, Parking Lots, and Fancy Bars", these guys are always hustling.