Rest in Peace to one of the UK's finest.
According to his surviving younger brother, Grime pioneer and veteran Major Ace passed away on Sunday (October 8th) after a three year-long bout with a brain tumor.
“My older brother Luke Monero/Major Ace/Majorace Monero Demajor Ace Monero has sadly passed away early hours this morning… I’m in absolute pieces,” wrote Ace’s brother. “He was suffering from a brain tumour for almost 3 years now… me and my mum looked after him every day and it was our pleasure.”
“What a personality and soul he was! I honestly can’t handle any more phone calls but messages are OK… if u knew him or knew of him please share and let everyone know the sad news. I’m so proud of my big bro he achieved so much in his short life! Love u bro forever LEGEND IN THE GAME x.”
Born Luke Monero, Ace was a member of the United Kingdom hip-hop collective, Pay As You Go, and has been credited with bringing the Grime subgenre to prominence in the early 2000s alongside the likes of Riko Dan, God’s Gift, Wiley, Plague A Lero, Flow Dan, DJ Target, DJ Slimzee, and DJ Geenius.
The group found success in their 2001 hit “Champagne Dance” only a year before disbanding. Nonetheless the group’s and Ace’s influence remain, permeating the careers of the genre’s top artists today. Our condolences go out the family and friends of the Grime legend. Check out Hip-Hop’s tributes to the late emcee below.
RIP Major Ace from the Pay As You Go Crew. Sending my condolences to his family & friends. I will remember him as a unique MC & a nice guy.— DJ EZ (@DJEZOfficial) October 8, 2017
R.I.P Major Ace.— SKEPTA (@Skepta) October 9, 2017
An inspiration to many. 🕯
RIP Major Ace trussss. 🙏🏾🌹🐾 This verse made me wanna be able to shell like this. “Ragga, hip-hop or garage...” rest up brother 🦋💙🐾 pic.twitter.com/Qp151Hxt92— Chipmunk (@OfficialChip) October 8, 2017
RIP Major Ace. Lord knows he was one of the mc’s who made me wanna do this. When I first heard them Pay As You Go verses... 🙏🏾🌹🐾— Chipmunk (@OfficialChip) October 8, 2017
Like I still can’t believe this man, I mean wow! Original in this, we grew up listening to you, Pay as you go, Rinse fm, shut down raves etc. #RIPMajorAce 💔😇🙏🏾— Tinchy Stryder (@TinchyStryder) October 8, 2017
Rest in peace my brother Major Ace. I don't wanna believe the news 😩😩🙏🏽 thoughts and prayers are with his family right now.— DJ Target (@DJTarget) October 8, 2017
‘Everybody wants to be a top shotta, chart toppa, gyal wokka mic poppa’ - Major Ace. Know We kicked off soooo much 🙏🏾— Twin (@TwinB) October 8, 2017
R.I.P MAJOR ACE😔 My thoughts and prayers go out to your family🙏🏾 You will forever be influential in my career and will always be a UK Legend pic.twitter.com/BN2MvE6Aio— Milli Major (@MajorB2DAL) October 8, 2017
I can’t believe Mc Major ace has passed away what a grime legend R.I.P pic.twitter.com/GosDe9gsFh— SC: FUNKYDEESNAP (@FUNKYDEE1) October 8, 2017
💔 R.I.P my bro Major Ace a hero of mine growing up who then became a friend a true legend in this!! sleep well bro ❤️🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/4aHCO0Ajte— RISKY ROADZ (@RISKYROADZ) October 8, 2017