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Ya Oughta Know Hip-Hop Artist MACE

Music 08 Mar 2011   »   by TheWhatItDo
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Given a second chance on life, Hip-Hop artist Mace is taking advantage of every opportunity given him to share his music and experiences.  There’s much to learn about this young Polynesian and his drive to make a name for himself in the music industry:

1) Born and bred in the Bay

“I was born and raised in the south side of San Jose,” explains Mace a.k.a. Uce Hefner. Born Mace Taele, who is of the Tuiolosega Samoan blood line takes pride in his culture and being raised in the Bay Area.  Some of his favorite music artists growing up include E-40 and Mac Dre.

2) Music wasn’t even in his original plans

Mace credits being introduced to the music business first by friend, Enormus Tha OX. “The whole reason why I even started doing music was because of [Enormous Tha Ox]. He just happened to own a studio and I used to just hang out there. I wasn’t really into the Rap and Hip-Hop thing but I was just around it all the time. It was just convenient for me to become an artist.”

I wanted to really get out there and be a role model for the youth. I really wanted to give them something to learn from my struggle and my past mistakes. Some of the mistakes I’ve done almost cost me my life…
~mace

3)   A few wrong choices almost left him for dead

Early on in his life, Mace chose to live the gang life and was involved in various criminal activities.  On Dec. 2008, Mace was shot and immediately rushed to the hospital. “Everything from there changed. When I was released from the hospital, I wanted to focus more on my music.  I wanted to really get out there and be a role model for the youth.  I really wanted to give them something to learn from my struggle and my past mistakes.  Some of the mistakes I’ve done almost cost me my life. “Hit by a 22” is a track that I did with my cousin, Dayvid Thomas.  He came out [to the Bay Area] for a family reunion and we recorded it.”  The specific track recounts that dark period of time in Mace’s life.

4)   He currently has an album out

Entitled Purple Heart: Life is Priceless, Mace’s first album draws from the concept of the Purple Heart, a military decoration awarded to those in the armed forces who are wounded in battle.  He, therefore, adapted the idea to being wounded in a more familiar turf – the streets. Tracks from this album sample soulful songs from artists such as Marvin Gaye and Tony! Toni! Toné! and can be heard here.

A real artist takes it that serious to where they have to do something for their music everyday…
~mace

When asked whether or not he had last words of advice for Polynesians or anyone trying to make it into the Hip-Hop business, Mace simply said, “Study your craft. If you can do something positive to forward your music daily – at least one thing a day – for your music to make it that much better, then you’re considered a real artist. A real artist takes it that serious to where they have to do something for their music everyday.”

Follow Mace on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Also be on the lookout for Top Rank artists Enormus Tha OX, Gene100, Lil Uce, Mister E, RIP Sam and Justice, Free Samoan Dae and Baby D.

Article Written By: Pesi Kava

*YouTube videos “Hit by a 22” and “Not On My Team” by toprankmace
*Photos Courtesy of Mace Tuiolosega Taele

  • Mrmlafo

    Very proud of you Mace!! Keep up the good work, sky’s the limit!!

  • Kween Liz

    This article is the TRUTH! Keep on keep’n on! Love ya Mace!

  • Cheaabuddy

    Uce Juice..do yo thang fam..keep it comin.

  • Queenbaldonado

    Mace, great job in getting to where you want to be. Keep up the great work and you can count on me to support you in anyway possible. Southside hahaha. Monica Baldonado

  • Kaaadawson

    Check out the Big Homie doing Big things!

  • Kaaadawson

    FYAH

  • Snuufolau

    Good job Mace!! Enjoyed reading your interview! Keep doing ur thang!!

  • Mace408

    REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT FROM EVERYONE LET’S KEEP PUSHING AND TRY TO GET THIS ARTICLE AND THE MUSIC TO EVERY WILLING SET OF EYES AND EARS

  • Dmasi310

    thass rie fam handle that

  • Swenky

    Very proud of you Mace. Thanks for being a great example to our future kids. Keep up the great work you do.

  • Mk408

    PROUD OF YOU HOMIE!

  • Teresalanderos777

    Keep up the good work, 🙂

  • Ng64lincoln

    big uce doing big things

  • Adriana

    SAN JO FOLKS!! ONE LOVE!!

  • What a great example for our future kids..Loveya uce..

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  • Kween Liz

    This article is the TRUTH! Keep on keep’n on! Love ya Mace!

  • Cheaabuddy

    Uce Juice..do yo thang fam..keep it comin.

  • Queenbaldonado

    Mace, great job in getting to where you want to be. Keep up the great work and you can count on me to support you in anyway possible. Southside hahaha. Monica Baldonado

  • Kaaadawson

    Check out the Big Homie doing Big things!

  • Kaaadawson

    FYAH

  • Snuufolau

    Good job Mace!! Enjoyed reading your interview! Keep doing ur thang!!

  • Mace408

    REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT FROM EVERYONE LET’S KEEP PUSHING AND TRY TO GET THIS ARTICLE AND THE MUSIC TO EVERY WILLING SET OF EYES AND EARS

  • Dmasi310

    thass rie fam handle that

  • Swenky

    Very proud of you Mace. Thanks for being a great example to our future kids. Keep up the great work you do.

  • Mk408

    PROUD OF YOU HOMIE!

  • Teresalanderos777

    Keep up the good work, 🙂

  • Ng64lincoln

    big uce doing big things

  • Adriana

    SAN JO FOLKS!! ONE LOVE!!

  • What a great example for our future kids..Loveya uce..

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  • One of ur songs touched me & my partners deeply.. Have some history you should see what’s best way to communicate & share some old skool flics with you email

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