This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
April 12th, 2012
April 12th - Mellow Man Ace was born Ulpiano Sergio Reyes in Havana, Cuba, on this day in 1967.
Ace, the younger brother of Cypress Hill hype-man Sen Dog, immigrated with his family to the USA in the early 1970’s and grew up in South Gate, California.
He started his first group as a teen with his brother Sen, Louis Freese whose stage name was B-Real and Laurence Muggerud, a New York transplant known as DJ Muggs. They were known as DVX (Devastating Vocal Xcellence).
When Ace left for a solo career, the remaining members became known as Cypress Hill and went on to international fame.
Ace would be signed to Delicious Vinyl Records and then later to Capitol, who released his debut album “Escape From Havana” which contained the smash hit “Mentirosa.”
“Mentirosa” sampled the 1970’s rock classic “Evil Ways” from Santana. It also showcased Ace’s “Spanglish” style of rap which blended Spanish and English verses.
Ace has released five albums since with 2010’s “Restoring Order” being his most recent.
Ace has toured the world with an eclectic list of artists like A Tribe called Quest, Celia Cruz and En Vogue.
Ace has also released a compilation called “La Familia”, which showcases some of the younger talent that he has had the privilege to work with.
Ace continues to perform and tour until this day.