Wiley, Lethal Bizzle and other grime artists have paid tribute online.
Grime legend Major Ace, a founding member of Pay As U Go Cartel, has died.
The death of the London MC, whose real name was Luke Monero, was confirmed by his brother in an Instagram post on Sunday (October 8). The post revealed that Monero had been suffering from a brain tumor for the past three years.
Major Ace was one of grime’s original MCs, blazing a trail for the phenomenon in the early ‘00s. He was a founding member of the pivotal Pay As U Go Cartel, which kickstarted the careers of Wiley, Riko Dan, Gods Gift, Rinse FM founder Geeneus, Flowdan, Slimzee and more.
The sprawling garage crew enjoyed two big club hits – ‘Know We’ and ‘Champagne Dance’, which reached number 12 in the UK Singles’ Chart. Remind yourself of ‘Champagne Dance’ below.
Wiley, Mistajam and other members of the grime community have paid tribute to Major Ace online.
Luke monero you be will missed https://t.co/iX5nvN8n4A In Peace brother.
— Chasing The Art #BBK (@WileyUpdates) October 9, 2017
Original mate from nursery & all the way up till payasugo crew. All the years we spent together playing Commodore 64 games 2 doing music#rip pic.twitter.com/tr1QOBrMQi
— @dj_slimzee (@dj_slimzee) October 9, 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
— mistajam (@mistajam) October 8, 2017