Freestyle Fellowship (Aceyalone
, Myka 9
, Self Jupiter
, and Kiilu Grand
, was formed at the Sunshine Shack, the recording studio and home of DJ and Producer J-Sumbi
. They all met through mutual friends who would later all join up under the name "The Heavy Weights" (Ganjah K
, Volume 10
, Spoon (of Iodine)
, Abstract Rude
, Fat Jack
, etc). Freestyle Fellowship
would later gain their notoriety at the Good Life Cafe on Crenshaw & Exposition during the early 1990s. In an interview, Myka 9 stated that he knew and grew up with Aceyalone and Self Jupiter since elementary school, and he met P.E.A.C.E. in 10th grade. Before Freestyle Fellowship was formed, Aceyalone, Spoon (of Iodine) and Myka 9 had been in a group called the MC Aces in high school.
Freestyle Fellowship released the first album, To Whom It May Concern..., in 1991. Their second album, Innercity Griots, was released in 1993.
Freestyle Fellowship went on hiatus due to the incarceration of Self Jupiter. Each member released solo albums for the next few years, as well as introducing the Underground classic Project Blowed
Compilation (and 20+ year Workshop in Leimert Park, CA), [Invalid Artist], The A-Team (2)
and [Invalid Artist]. After Jupiter's release, the group reunited to record the Shockadoom EP in 1998; it was released on Whig Music in 2002. Their third album, Temptations, was released on Ground Control in 2001. They released the fourth album, The Promise, on Decon in 2011.