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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 ...

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