All Balls Don't Bounce

All Balls Don't Bounce is the debut studio album by American rapper Aceyalone.[1] It was released in 1995 on Capitol Records.[2] In 2004, it was re-released on Project Blowed and Decon as All Balls Don't Bounce: Revisited with a bonus disc.[3] It was named by OC Weekly as one of the "Five Classic West Coast Rap Albums Turning 20 in 2015".[4]

All Balls Don't Bounce
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)
RecordedKitchen Sync Studios; Hollywood Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA
GenreAlternative hip hop
ProducerThe 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

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Austin Chronicle[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[7]

Writing for The Austin Chronicle, Rashied Gabriel thought that the album's production and Aceylone's "various styles" worked to complementary effect.[5] 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."[5] Robert Christgau gave it a "neither" rating, indicating that an album "may impress once or twice with consistent craft or an arresting track or two. Then it won't."[8][9]

In a retrospective review, 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]

Track listing

1."All Balls"The Nonce4:31
2."Anywhere You Go"Punish4:10
3."Deep and Wide" (featuring Abstract Rude)Vic Hop2:32
4."Mr. Outsider"The Nonce5:53
5."Annalillia?"The Nonce4:13
6."Knownots" (featuring Abstract Rude and Mikah 9)Vic Hop5:00
7."Arhythamaticulas"Chillin Villain Empire3:28
8."The Greatest Show on Earth"Mumbles4:47
9."Mic Check"Vic Hop4:23
10."Call It Cali"Punish0:54
11."Headaches and Woes"Punish3:57
12."I Think"Aceyalone1:18
14."B-Boy Kingdom" (featuring Abstract Rude, Mikah 9, and P.E.A.C.E.)Fat Jack5:37
15."Keep It True" (featuring Abstract Rude and Change of Rhythm)Fat Jack5:33


  1. Huey, Steve. "All Balls Don't Bounce – Aceyalone". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  2. Aaron, Charles (October 1995). "Aceyalone: All Balls Don't Bounce". Spin. 11 (7): 114. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. Hermes, Will (May 2004). "Reissues". Spin: 104.
  4. Kangas, Chaz (January 28, 2015). "Five Classic West Coast Rap Albums Turning 20 in 2015". OC Weekly. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  5. Gabriel, Rashied (November 17, 1995). "Aceyalone: All Balls Don't Bounce (Capitol)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  6. Juon, Steve "Flash" (August 3, 2004). "Aceyalone :: All Balls Don't Bounce - Revisited :: Project Blowed/Decon". RapReviews. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  7. Matos, Michaelangelo (2004). "Aceyalone". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 4. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. Christgau, Robert (2000). "Aceyalone: All Balls Don't Bounce". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  9. Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
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