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Ace Hood: Ruthless

Ace Hood
Ruthless
(We The Best/Def Jam)

You’d think Ace Hood is in a race against time. Less than a year ago, this magazine dubbed the Miami rapper one of 2009’s finest freshmen, as he prepped his rookie album, Gutta. Striving for a lasting shelf life, DJ Khaled’s protégé now piggybacks his previous effort, quickly returning with Ruthless.

Relying on a familiar formula, Ace enlists R&B’s premier acts for mass appeal. T-Pain and Akon share Auto-Tune duties over dull gongs on “Overtime,” a motivational anthem that’s equally appealing to clock punchers and drug pushers. It’s the ladies, however, who get the most accommodations. Hood and crooning newcomer Jeremih dump their celebrity lifestyles in search of the perfect soul mates on the sappy yet lilting standout “Love Somebody.” And Ace snatches your girl over The-Dream and Tricky’s lush hook and bouncy vibe on “She Wants to Be Mine,” seemingly a Radio Killa leftover from his Love vs. Money LP released earlier this year.

Hood’s street stripes remain intact, though. The trunk-rattling “This Nigga Here,” featuring Birdman, and the cautionary “Don’t Get Caught Slippin” ooze with trap tang. But, sadly, bright spots are often compromised by subpar lyricism. Ace becomes a cameo’s casualty on the aggressive, Ludacris-assisted “Born an OG,” while unsightly bars sabotage the triumphant horn-and-bell-hoisted “Get Money.” Worse, sacrilegious flubs make The Runners–produced pop endeavor “Wifey Material” implode, as he rhymes, “You ever been to Cancun? I can take you/Have you feeling like Biggie Smalls when he wrote ‘Juice.’”

Woeful wordplay aside, Ace’s introspective cuts patch things up. Check the inspiring Jazmine Sullivan and Rick Ross collaboration “Champion”—with its wistful imagery and pummeling drums—finding Hood finally pairing substance with vigor. More moments like this and he can truly ace the test of time. –John Kennedy

  • Pierzy

    I’m out on this one too…

    • http://yahoo.com george

      fuck all yoh

  • FRI$CO

    this guys trash your much better off getting the jackas tear gas best album of the year hands down i dont care what xxl says

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

    Mane i’ma pick his album up i liked the motivational joints he dropped early. Champion is my shyt rite now so is Overtime. I don’t c why ppl hate on youngstas with sumthin 2 tlk about save dat bullshyt for artist lik bow wow, romeo, soulja boi, jibbs, vic, anybody except ace u can write him off if you want to but I relate to the images he tries to portray in his musik. But i guess since i’m feelin his musik dat makes me some young buck dat don’t kno shyt bout so called “real” hip-hop.

    • DetroitDraper

      He has absolutely no lyricism, word play, his words are just meaningless talk over a beat. Thats why you dont know real hip hop because you think Ace Hood is hot. That statement alone is ridiculous.

      • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

        I’ve been waitfor one of you overzealous commentators to try n get at me on this site. Y’all got too much time in the day to be worried bout anotha man’s statement. For the record i don’t have to prove that i know “real” hip-hop you pompous zelics on here actually think your some type of grand authority on what is hip-hop n what isn’t. Fuck what your talkin about I have been exposed to harsh situations in life that i relate to through his musik. N how are his lyrics meaningless when not ever track is glorifying the dope game, as a matta of fact his Champion and Overtime tracks are very motivational not just for hustlaz, but for kids trying to strive for excellence academically. U must b from the east only east coast niggas have so much salt n there blood that they can’t, won’t n neva will acknowledge any musik but there own. N you’ll use the typicial references such as T.I., Scarface. Bun B, Luda, etc as if your really n2 southren lyricist nigga please. U full of hate dats why u attacked me because my opinion differs from yours. I for one love east coast hip hop, i’m not just some young buck who doesn’t kno what cadence, delivery, metaphors mean. I have probably every wu-tang banger there is Tical, Liquid Swords, Ironman, Cuban Links, n I fucks wit Detroit hip-hop as well Royce da 5’9 n Elizhi are two of my personal go 2 niggas. But u just hate for no apparent reason like it’s the new fashion. You probably ain’t neva listen 2 Ace n just coattail’n on what everybody else on this hatin ass website co-signs with which is pathetic. Shows you have no mind of your own and are unwilling to think outside the box it’s weak and frail people lik yourself that further illustrate why i don’t ever bother commenting on this site. if i talked about the new SlaughterHouse single you’d probably jump down my throat n say i’m a Lil Wayne stan or Soulja Boi fan. But naw i’m like Bun B i don’t cap on good musik if it’s good den i ryde 2 it. Y’all muthafuckas on here annoy the shyt outta me go play n traffic negro. Actin like everybody gotta b a super lyrical muthafucka negro you go make a betta record. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT N GOT SO MUCH INPUT ABOUT SOMEBODY ELSE’S OUTPUT. YOU GO N DO IT, GET SIGNED, N MAKE THE RECORDS THAT YOU WANT PPL TO HEAR C HOW MANY PPL COME THROUGH THROWING SALT YA WAY. AS YOU REAP SO SHALL YOU SOW THAT’S N THE BIBLE

        • stoneyisland

          14Snipez, you need a hug brutha man:) real talk, alot of what you said is true, if it’s good music I rides with it, one mans Biggie is another mans Souljaboy. I am getting sick of fools telling somebody whats real music and whats not, thats why radios and CD players have fast fwd buttons. I dont buy music bases off what alot of cyber thugs are saying on blogs, the internet has unfortunately gave a lot of cowardly lions a bunch of courage:) One love black people.

  • joe p

    weaaaak … fuck this idiot

  • Mikey Mike

    14snipez chill man its just the net

  • Mikey Mike

    Ace Hood is garbage imo

    • Jb

      aint dis a bitch! Ace hood. Mr Ace god damn you know what. you bitches betta open yo ears fo dis rappa rite here, dis is a trill rappa a talented one also! he got da flow he got da fiya and he got dat sting! just listen to Standing on a mountain top, cash flow, i dont give a fuck, gutta, stressin, cant see yall, get him, And every song of the Ruthless album. He’s Plies + Lil Wayne and you got Ace hood, he got dat goon he got dat trill, he be talkin bout real shyt n aint always talkin bout how many hoes he fucked or how many whips he got like you otha sucka ass niggas be rappin bout. You gotta rap about what people care about, you know overtime is a motivational song and i love it the theme overtime is dope as fuck! props on dat 1 ace! He gotta killa voice and got killa beats, why you aint bumpin Ace in yo whip? I usually bump down south shit, i aint hatin on East side or west i love em to but especially love fo south side. and ace aint the only rapper yall be sleepin on, Chamillionaire the best lyricist in dis rap game he got flow he got creativity and yall betta catch on to dat! Ultimate victory is my favourite album ever made! its so dope he is so creative and got dope as beats and is a sick freestyla. Ace and Cham dats the rappas yall be sleepin on. Please tell me why you sleepin on Ace! he shoulda got n XL! And i hope Ace will keep dem hits comin cuz im gon keep copin! R.I.P. to MJ, big ups to the king of pop & Music!
      Jb

  • btaznpride

    Had some good beats on the album, the first six tracks aren’t bad. It’s true that he’s not really saying anything and has a lack of substance. At least he’s not using the same flow on every track like the last album. The album’s got some bangers, “Born An OG” is the best track (Luda murders that), “Overtime” and “Champion” got some substance and motivation. “Love Somebody”‘s not bad, the second half of the album falls off, “Make A Toast” being the only worthy track. Decent album, but he’s gonna have to come with better lyricism, cause this album is definitely not gonna solidify him in the game, especially if record sales aren’t good….may get dropped.

    • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

      First n for most shout out to stoneyisland brotha i preciate u for being a stand-up man. N not tryin 2 bash me for having a different opinion. N i totally agree with you about the internet, and the way it’s given ppl so much of a private platform to shit on the thoughts of others. Secondly, at Mikey Mike u rite maybe my rant was a little too emotionally fueled. In all fairness i was attacked by some random person who knows nothing about me n is judging the entire scope of my hip-hop knowledge on ONE album. At Da thanks for proving my point asshole mind your own comments steady worring bout mines i ain’t talkin 2 u fool. At btaznpride thanks for keepin it about the musik n giving a fair overview about this man’s work. I agree with it being a decent album, but i can admit that he has stepped it up since Gutta. N he is going to have to becoming a better rapper with more wit in order to get his point across lyrically. But this is his job n just like anybody who takes pride in their work, they will eventually get better with time.

  • Da

    LOL, I love how 14Snipez says:

    “I’ve been waitfor one of you overzealous commentators to try n get at me on this site.”

    and then says…

    “Y’all got too much time in the day to be worried bout anotha man’s statement.”

    brilliant! (sarcasm)

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Ace Hood sucks donkey balls from the back. Fuck him and all of his Stans!!!!

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Ace Hood is straight basura bro……

  • Jhon da Analyst

    XXL is editing comments. What the fuck?? I ripped Ace Hood a new asshole and these pricks arent printing it?

  • Jhon da Analyst

    XXL is suckin Ace Hood’s dick now??!!!

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Ace Hood sucks donkey balls from the back!! Fuck him!!!!!!!!!! Bastard

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Apparently.

  • matt

    fuck stop hating on ace I love this album and all his others. Anyone who says he has no lyricism must be deaf or listening to the wrong rapper. Anyone hear cyper 3? Ace kills that shit. And From a small city, all bets on ace, and loco with the cake. Fuck all you haters you just jealous of ace.

    • RD

      ace has no lyrics, he can flow yes but if you want to hear real lyrics listen to the GZA, or blackalicious, or basically any wu tang clan member.

  • RD

    This album had no real hits, nothing in the top 40, and lacks true lyrical prowess. It would be lucky to reach 60,000 in sales.