Ace Hood returns with the STARVATION II Mixtape. The mixtape sounds and vibes like an album. The reason why this mixtape will put Ace Hood in the conversation of being a very consistent spitta. When he first hit the scene we thought he was just DJ Khaled side kick and at the time We The Best was so heavily flooded with dope talent Ace got overlooked. That was my fault. As I revisit this Floridian’s collage of features and singles. He was spitting from the beginning. Then he went away for a summer then returned with ‘Hustle Hard’ and I really started paying closer attention. When I was in Miami during the Memorial Day weekend literally saw the hustle first hand. He was everywhere and you had to pay homage to the hustle. Now on to the review.
ROOT OF EVIL(PRODUCED BY YOUNG CHOP) – First things first Young Chop’s beats makes me wish I continued to study the art of rapping. This beat puts you in a deep trance and when the lyrics meet the production RIP. “Why the devil keep on fvckin with me,” every real ninja has asked himself this question a time or two. Even though he references Chief Keef Ace didn’t use the Chicago rappers style. As many people do when they get on a Young Chop beat. Ace kept it original with creative bars and rode the beat nicely.
GOIN DOWN FT MEEK MILL(PROD BY LEE ON THE BEATS) – Think this is my first time hearing Meek Mill and Ace Hood on a track together. This beat is simplistic at best and sounds familiar. It makes you bob your head and that’s a plus.
GOT DAMN ft PLIES(PROD BY THE RENEGADES) – Ace Hood really talked his shit on this track. Think I would’ve did the same thing. This beat sounds like some Star Wars meets the Trap type of production. Plies…well he didn’t make me turn the song off.
FUCK EM ALL ft FRENCH MONTANA(PROD BY 2 TALL) – This is a good track with French Montana. French Montana is on a few other tracks. Ace Hood used him good with this one though. Allowing the Coke Boy to do what he does best. In this rap game if you don’t have an explosive hook you’re losing and French is good for a tight hook. Ace addresses the haters with this one, “20 Jesus pieces crackers think I’m selling dope.”
FUCK DA WORLD(PROD BY YOUNG CHOP) – The title may put you in state of Deja Vu but the truth is this is a deep song. Ace talks about the Colorado shooting, school shooting, senseless shooting in the hood, and corrupt government officials. The bells in this beat definitely a good touch, Young Chop must be a professional. “What kind a fool will walk in a school and off them angels.”
LIL NIGGA(INTERLUDE PRODUCED BY THE RENEGADES) – Ace Hood takes the time to do a little classic hip hop storytelling. This is another skill of the Florida rapper. Storytelling and painting a picture is what the culture is based on. Most going to miss the message.
WHY(PRODUCED BY LV) – This would’ve been a dope track to have JadaKiss on. Ace Hood adjusts the title of the track to ask some questions. “I wonder why they sleeping on me?” The flow of the track was decent. Although Jada did this a while back.
WANT 4 NOTHING(PROD BY THE BEAT BULLY) – The Beat Bully comes through with a nice feel good beat. I wonder how this got away from Meek Mill. This is dope feel good track. I like the fact Ace Hood gives props and looks out for his mom. He addressed that on every track.
M.O.B. ft CHOO CHOO(PROD BY YOUNG CHOP) – “Lord Knows I’m Go Getter, I Chase that Money Every 24.” This track is a good work out jam. Definitely going to put this in my training mix. Every one should have a dope training mix. This better be in your iPod or you’re not training right. The new comer Choo Choo didn’t take away from the energy of the song.
TAKE YO BITCH(PROD BY THE MONARCH) – But Ace why you want to take my bitch?? What did I do to you?? Well if you take my bitch she wasn’t a rider in the first place. I can hear this song in the club. Hopefully I will have my shorty by the end of the track though.
ON RIGHT NOW(PROD BY THE MONARCH ) & FAMOUS GIRL(PROD BY THE MONARCH/KENT JONES) – The one thing I would say is the production is nice. Ace Hood held his own with the hooks but, Famous Girl sounds a lot like H2O by Wale. On Right Now sounds a lot like Young & Gettin It by Meek Mill x Kirko Bangz.
ART OF DECEPTION – The emotion on the first verse is evidence that Ace been going through some female problems. “Cold World keep your sweater close,” Ace Hood on his Joe Budden shit right now. On the real side Ace came clean in these bars. The deep emotion in the verses shows the poetic flow Ace posses.
MOTIVE ft Kevin Cossom(PROD BY JAHLIL BEATS) – Motive, shows that Ace Hood is expanding his lyrical reach. The production by Jahlil Beats straight dope shit. Kevin Cossom stays in pocket with the vocals and brings the track to life. This is going in the late night mix on the iPod.
BALL 4 EVA(PROD BY DANE CASH) – “The family that starve together, hustle together, got rich together, I pray we Ball 4 eva!!” A reflective tale on the come up of Ace Hood. Dane Cash did a good job on the beat.
JUST A SAMPLE(INTERLUDE) (PROD BY BEN BILLIONS) – This may be one of my favorite beats on the mixtape. Ben Billions made a soulful beat for this Interlude.
THIS N THAT ft FRENCH MONTANA(PROD BY THE RENEGADES) – Another dope soulful beat supplied by The Renegades. French Montana featured on the hook and sounds a little Future-like. This n That is the single that was released for promotion of the Mixtape.
TRAILER(PROD BY CARDIAK) – The percussion is dope on this track salute to Cardiak. Ace went hard on this track and the beat didn’t drown out his verses. Ace didn’t have to do a lot of screaming to show he can go in.
DEC 31ST(PROD BY BEN BILLIONS) – DJ Khaled stated that “Ace Hood is one of the best rappers out,” rather you agree with him or not is your opinion. “90% of the rap game has stolen his flow.” Those are some huge statements and claims. What do you think?? This Track though Ace Hood murks this beat by Ben Billions. Ace Hood should be among the ranks of talked about MC’s. I will agree that he is one of the most slept on spittas in the game. He even has a drop by President Obama. Dope!
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