All Balls Don't Bounce

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All Balls Don't Bounce
Studio album by Aceyalone
Released October 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)
Recorded Kitchen Sync Studios; Hollywood Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA
Genre Hip hop
Length 61:46
Label Capitol Records
Producer The Nonce, Punish, Vic Hop, Chillin Villin Empire, Mumbles, Aceyalone, Fat Jack
Aceyalone chronology
All Balls Don't Bounce
A Book of Human Language
Singles from All Balls Don't Bounce
  1. "Mic Check"
    Released: 1995
  2. "The Greatest Show on Earth"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 5/5 stars[2]
Billboard unfavorable[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]
Rap Reviews 10/10[5]
Robert Christgau (neither)[6]
Spin 9/10[7]

All Balls Don't Bounce is the first solo album by American rapper Aceyalone.[1] It was released in 1995 on Capitol Records.[7] In 2004, it was re-released on Project Blowed and Decon as All Balls Don't Bounce: Revisited with a bonus disc.[8] It was chosen by OC Weekly as one of the Five Classic West Coast Rap Albums Turning 20 in 2015.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Steve Huey of AllMusic gave the album 5 stars out of 5, describing Aceyalone as "one of the greatest lyricists the West Coast has ever produced, twisting his fluid rhymes around and off the beat with the improvisational assurance of Rakim."[1] He also commented that "[the production] is solid if unspectacular, usually spare and jazzy, with lots of piano/keyboard samples and some fitting nods to the abstract side of hard bop."[1]

Writing for The Austin Chronicle, Rashied Gabriel thought that the album's production and Aceylone's "various styles" worked to complementary effect.[2] He went on to label All Balls Don't Bounce "a sureshot record", and felt that it delivered "verbal calisthenics that astound with fresh insight as well as lyrical wizardry."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "All Balls" The Nonce 4:31
2. "Anywhere You Go" Punish 4:10
3. "Deep and Wide" (featuring Abstract Rude) Vic Hop 2:32
4. "Mr. Outsider" The Nonce 5:53
5. "Annalillia?" The Nonce 4:13
6. "Knownots" (featuring Abstract Rude and Mikah 9) Vic Hop 5:00
7. "Arhythamaticulas" Chillin Villain Empire 3:28
8. "The Greatest Show on Earth" Mumbles 4:47
9. "Mic Check" Vic Hop 4:23
10. "Call It Cali" Punish 0:54
11. "Headaches and Woes" Punish 3:57
12. "I Think" Aceyalone 1:18
13. "Makeba" Mumbles 5:20
14. "B-Boy Kingdom" (featuring Abstract Rude, Mikah 9, and P.E.A.C.E.) Fat Jack 5:37
15. "Keep It True" (featuring Abstract Rude and Change of Rhythm) Fat Jack 5:33
All Balls Don't Bounce: Revisited bonus disc
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "All Balls Intro" The Nonce 3:13
2. "Universal Soldier" Riddlore, NGA Fish, C.V.E. 1:02
3. "Headaches and Woes Intro" Aceyalone 0:38
4. "Headaches and Woes (Remix)" Fat Jack 5:56
5. "The Greatest Show on Earth (Remix)" Fat Jack 4:35
6. "The Greatest Show on Earth (Remix)" Bar 9 4:02
7. "Mic Check (Remix)" Kemo 4:46
8. "Show Your Right" Fat Jack 3:59
9. "The Nobodys" Fat Jack 3:42
10. "They Don't Know" Underground Railroad 4:15
11. "Feet Up on the Table" (featuring Riddlore, Vic Hop, Ellay Khule, NGA Fish, Mark the Murderah, and Abstract Rude) DJ Homicide 4:41
12. "Tweakendz" Vic Hop, Aceyalone 4:27
13. "I Dream" O-Roc, Aceyalone 5:37
14. "Believe in Your Self" Fat Jack 4:02


  1. ^ a b c d Huey, Steve. "Aceyalone - All Balls Don't Bounce". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Gabriel, Rashied (November 17, 1995). "Music Reviews". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ Verna, Paul (October 14, 1995). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard: 71. 
  4. ^ M., M. (2004). "Aceyalone". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. p. 4. 
  5. ^ Juon, Steve (August 3, 2004). "Aceyalone :: All Balls Don't Bounce - Revisited :: Project Blowed/Decon". Rap Reviews. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Aceyalone". Robert Christgau. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Aaron, Chrales (February 10, 2014). "Aceyalone's 'All Balls Don't Bounce': Read SPIN's 1995 Review". Spin. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hermes, Will (May 2004). "Reissues". Spin: 104. 
  9. ^ Kangas, Chaz (January 28, 2015). "Five Classic West Coast Rap Albums Turning 20 in 2015". OC Weekly. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 

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