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Ace Hood, Blood, Sweat & Tears

For Ace Hood, being backed by DJ Khaled has its share of perks, namely a one-man promo army. But it also poses its share of problems for the Miami rhyme spitter; namely, it places him in the shadows of his multi-hyphenate boss. With his third album, Blood, Sweat & Tears, however, the underdog lyricist finally finds the spotlight. The brooding “Hustle Hard,” powered by Lex Luger’s production, showcases Ace Hood’s muscling flow over the industrial-strength backdrop, where he spits with aplomb. “Nigga ain’t no doubt about it/riding ‘round with that rocket,” he raps forcefully on “Hustle Hard.” “Load it up and I ...

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