Call Me Ace

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Call Me Ace
Call Me Ace Performing 02.jpg
Call Me Ace at Cornerstone Berkeley (2018)
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Patterson
Also known asAce • High Grade
Born (1989-08-15) August 15, 1989 (age 30)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)RapperSongwriterGraphic designerEntrepreneur • Producer • Marketer
Years active2016–present
LabelsLight Armor Music

Anthony “Ace” Patterson (August 15, 1989), also known by his stage name Call Me Ace, is an American rapper from Bridgeport, Connecticut and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.[1] In December 2016, Call Me Ace released his first EP, Misinterpretations while still a business consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP.[2][3] In March 2019 he released Airplane Mode, which debuted at #3 on the iTunes Top 40 US Hip-Hop Album Chart and at #50 on the Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Album Sales Chart.[4]

In 2016, Call Me Ace released his first EP, Misinterpretations, solely produced by Bay Area legend producer, Sean T, who has produced for Mac Dre, Mistah F.A.B., and E-40.[2] Misinterpretations ended up being the #9 most-spun album on KUSF radio in February 2017.[5] In August 2017, Call Me Ace released the 2interpretations mixtape, which reached #19 on Thizzler's Bay Area Music Chart that same month (rank of 50).[6] In March 2019 he released his fourth project and first independent studio album, Airplane Mode, which debuted at #50 on the Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Album Sales Chart.[7][4]

Early Life, Education, and Career[edit]

Ace Patterson was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[1] His parents emigrated from Jamaica before they had him.[1] Growing up, Ace was interested in drawing, acting, poetry, and, eventually, rapping by the time he finished middle school.[8]

In 2007, Ace enrolled at Columbia University in New York City.[9] In 2009, he co-founded the student group, Columbia University Society of Hip-Hop (CUSH).[10][3] Before graduating, he and his group CUSH opened up for Snoop Dogg at the annual Bacchanal concert.[9] In 2011, Ace received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.[11]

In 2013, Ace was quoted and referenced in a chapter of the Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation titled, "Improvisation in Freestyle Rap," written by Ellie Hisama.[12]

In 2014, Ace left his role at Success Academy Charter Schools to attend graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.[3] During his last semester, he and a classmate made a parody of Drake's “The Motto” in honor of the school and called it, “YOHO (You Only Haas Once)”. The music video was featured on Poets & Quants the day of release and has over 10,000 views to date.[13] In 2016, Ace received his Masters of Business Administration and joined Deloitte Consulting.[3]

Currently, Ace works in Marketing at Facebook and is part of the 2019 class of ADCOLOR FUTURES, a nationally selective program that celebrates diverse influencers that excel in their careers and also give back to the community.[14]

Musical Influences[edit]

Call Me Ace has noted Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and Eminem as rappers that inspired him when he was younger.[2] Ace has eclectic music tastes, having referenced genres like Cuban music, Blues, Jazz, Dancehall, Afrobeats, and Ethiopian music as being additional sources of inspiration.[2][1] His music style is influenced by his Jamaican roots, the East Coast, the Bay Area, and his international travel experiences.[1] Call Me Ace has stated that he and his wife have visited over 100 international cities across 50 countries, are both multilingual, and are both children of immigrants - all of which have given him a global, cross-cultural outlook on life and in his music.[4]


Studio Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US R&B/HH Sales
US Rap
Airplane Mode 50
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Extended Plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US R&B/HH Sales
US Rap
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


List of mixtapes
Title Album details
Day Job Flow


  1. ^ a b c d e "'I just want to be real': Local rapper and Haas alumnus Call Me Ace talks motivations, recent album". Daily Cal. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Undiscovered Bay: Call Me Ace". Nook and Kranny. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Haas MBA Balances Job At Facebook & Rap". Poets&Quants. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "How an indie hip-hop artist, Call Me Ace, charted on Billboard and iTunes". DIY Musician. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "KUSF's Top Ten Spins for February". KUSF. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Bay Area Music Chart: August 2017". Thizzler. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Album Sales (Week of April 6, 2019)". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Ace Patterson '07: A Life in Balance". Greens Farms Academy. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Senior profile: Ace Patterson". Columbia Spectator. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  10. ^ "Navigating Burnout? Rapper Call Me Ace Has a Few Ideas". KQED Arts. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "With a Positive Message, this Consortium Alum and Facebook Marketer Is Making a Name for Himself in Hip-Hop". The Consortium. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  12. ^ "Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation, "Improvisation in Freestyle Rap"". Oxford University Press. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Haas Drops MBA Hype Music Video". Poets&Quants. Retrieved May 19, 2016.

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