Lasanna "Ace" Harris

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Lasanna "Ace" Harris
Also known asAce Harris
Born (1984-06-07) June 7, 1984 (age 36)
Decatur, Georgia, United States
GenresR&B, hip hop, pop, dancehall, world music, Christian hip hop, Afropop
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter, A&R
InstrumentsDrums, piano
Years active2008–present
Associated actsNicki Minaj, T.I., Verse Simmonds, Busta Rhymes, Shama Joseph, The Jugganauts, Lecrae, Rock City.
WebsiteAceHarrismusic.com

Lasanna "Ace" Harris (born June 7, 1984) is an American record producer and A&R executive based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.[1] His production has topped the Billboard charts and has also been featured on ESPN, VH1, and MTV.[1] He has produced for Nicki Minaj, T.I., Kid Ink, and Lecrae;[2] the latter for which he received a Dove Award.[3] Harris grew up listening to hip hop innovators like Timbaland and OutKast as well as soaking up the sounds of afrobeat, highlife, and soca.[1] From working alongside top producer Shama "Sak Pase" Joseph as well as spearheading his own projects like ATLiberia.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Harris was born in Decatur, Georgia, United States.[5] Raised by first-generation Liberian parents, at a young age he listened to diverse genres of music such as Hip Hop, AfroBeat, HighLife, Gospel, Reggae, and R&B.[5] He learned to play the drums while growing up in his father's church. He was raised in Buford, Georgia a suburb right outside of Atlanta and graduated from Dacula High School.[5] He went to Georgia State University where he played basketball for one year as a freshman, and earned his business degree in marketing. After graduating in 2006 he worked briefly in corporate America before leaving his job to pursue music in 2008.[5]

Music career[edit]

Harris left corporate America in 2008 and began pursuing music full-time alongside his then business partner.[5] He aligned with a management company Raydar where he began working closely with R. City.[6] He produced several songs on their many mix tapes under the moniker “The Hipnotiks” with his production partner. Harris continued working on numerous mix tape projects for various artists including K. Michelle, Rick Ross, Jim Jones, and Young Dro between 2008-2010 before he transitioned into the Christian Hip Hop scene.[6]

In 2010 he was introduced to Lecrae and his team at Reach Records. Alongside his newly formed production team PK ONEDAY, Harris produced three songs on Lecrae's Rehab, an album which was nominated for a Grammy Award for 'Best Gospel Album'.[7] Harris continued to work closely with the Reach Records team and with many artists on the label including KB, Tedashii, and Derek Minor.

In 2012, Harris began working alongside Shama "Sak Pase" Joseph and his company SEJCO. He joined as a staff producer and began to help oversee production duties for the company. in 2014 he produced on Kid Ink's debut album My Own Lane and in that same year produced on Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint and Lecrae's Anomaly both of which are certified Gold.

In 2017, Harris accepted the Director of A&R title at Reach Records. They have an extensive history of collaborating on various projects. Harris has the responsibility of overseeing artist projects and various other Reach Records responsibilities.

In 2019, Harris was accredited production on Lil Wayne's, Tha Carter V album, along with production credit on newcomer Koffee "Rapture" EP. Harris won a Grammy Award in 2020 for Best Reggae Album for producing the lead single "Rapture" for Koffee's breakout EP.

Harris placements[edit]

(Either as Ace Harris/Lasanna "Ace" Harris, current production company PK ONEDAY, or former production group The Hipnotiks)

Albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

Film, television, commercials[edit]

  • Kmart Commercial - “Carol of the Bells” by Asia Bryant.
  • Shark Night 3D - “Bad Girls” by Asia Bryant.
  • Don't Trust That B In Apartment 23 - “Queen of Spades” by Asia Bryant.
  • ESPN's SportsCenter - “Gravity” by PK ONEDAY.
  • Fresh Dressed Documentary - “Here We Go” by KB ft. PK ONEDAY.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Consultant, Bessie A. Winn-Afeku Photographer Creative (2015-10-22). "The Sound of Africa in America". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  2. ^ "Lasanna "Ace" Harris". Genius. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  3. ^ "2015 Winners | The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards". doveawards.com. Archived from the original on 2018-09-27. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  4. ^ "ATLiberia: Ace Harris' Southern Rap-Meets-Afrobeat Album Highlights The Experiences Of Second Generation Africans". OkayAfrica. 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  5. ^ a b c d e "16 Questions with Grammy-Nominated Producer Ace Harris | FUFU + SOUP". FUFU + SOUP. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  6. ^ a b "Liberian Trailblazers: Lasanna "Ace" Harris". The Bush Chicken. 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  7. ^ "Lecrae 'REHAB' Nominated for a Grammy". Rapzilla. Retrieved 2016-12-30.

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