Azie Faison Jr. (born November 11, 1964), sometimes known by the nickname "Ace", is an American former drug dealer and businessman who attained notoriety during the War on Drugs era as an individual drug dealer in New York. His five-year reign as crime boss ended when he was 26. Faison was born in New York City, and turned to selling drugs his early twenties, quickly becoming the wholesaler in the Harlem neighborhood. He expanded the drug-dealing business across the city, and involved both childhood friend Rich Porter, and associate Alpo Martinez, with the duo being instrumental in Faison's rise and fall.
After retiring in 1990, Faison transitioned into a conscious rapper and entrepreneur, advising youth in impoverished neighborhoods to avoid the lures of drug trafficking. He formed the hip-hop group MobStyle, where he released an album as a member in the 1990s, as well as a solo release. He has also been subject to various dramatic portrayals, with his legacy serving as inspiration for rap songs, documentaries, books, and movies, notably the 2002 film, Paid in Full.
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