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DJ Khaled Defends Ace Hood’s Sales: “[He’s] One of the Most Selling New Artists” [Video]

After releasing two albums under the guidance of DJ Khaled to little fanfare, many fans question the musical impact of Miami rapper Ace Hood .

The former XXL Freshman alum failed to break 100,000 in sales on either release—2008’s Gutta sold 91,305 and last June’s Ruthless moved about 51,600 units, according to the Nielsen SoundScan—yet the newly-appointed president of Def Jam South says the Southern MC is one of the top grossing newcomers of the last few years.

“A lot of people don’t know, Ace Hood is one of the most selling new rap artists,” Khaled told “It’s hard to sell a lot of records these days; that’s what they sayin’, right? But at the same time, if I look at other new rap artists that came out in the last two years, like new artists on his level, he sold more.” [Watch below]

Sales aside, Khaled believes it’s only a matter of time before the young rapper becomes a star. 

“It’s not even like that with me,” he said about Ace’s SoundScan figures. “It’s about making Ace into a superstar, which he is gonna be, one of the big superstars in the game.”

Ace is currently in the studio working on his third solo disc. —Elan Mancini with reporting by Anslem Samuel

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