Major Ace was one of the original members of the Pay As U Go Cartel, a grime crew who grew considerably in the early 2000s and became a starting place for artists such as Wiley, Gods Gift, and DJ Slimzee Geeneus and DJ Wildfire. Major Ace, real name Luke Monero, had been suffering from a brain tumour for the last few years and died in the early hours of Sunday October 8. His brother Cass confirmed the news on Twitter: ‘My older bro Luke Monero/Major ace! has sadly passed away.. He was suffering from a brain tumour.. Love u 4eva bro LEGEND IN THE GAME.’ He also spoke of his devastation in an emotional post on Instagram.
His passing shocked the music industry, and many took to Twitter and Instagram to pay their respects including Tinchy Stryder, Lethal Bizzle, Lisa Maffia, Wretch32, and Radio 1Xtra D’s TwinB and DJ Target.
‘RIP Major Ace. Pirate radio/club land/foundation grime music SUPERSTAR. Ask Dizz, Wiley & anyone that was there at the beginning. Sad news,’ wrote Twin B while DJ Target added: ‘Rest in peace my brother Major Ace. I don’t wanna believe the news, thoughts and prayers are with his family right now.’
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
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
Rest in peace Major Ace.
— Manga (@MangaStHilare) 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
R.I.P Major Ace 😟🌹
— FR32🎈 (@Wretch32) October 8, 2017
Pay As You Go eventually split, with Major Ace among those claiming on the Risky Roadz 2 DVD that there were too many strong voices and that everyone wanted to go in different directions. Major Ace would then go on to form East Connection with Maxwell D and God’s Gift.
Pay As U Go hit number 12 with their hit Champagne Dance in 2001.