Starvation II : Ace Hood Mixtape Review (Laaaaaate)

Money is the root of all evil but that’s that shit that keeps me focused – Ace Hood.

Usually I don’t do this but there’s an exception to every rule. Let me explain. When an artist drops an album, song or mixtape, I like to review it when it’s fresh out the kitchen. However at times, a joint that I didn’t pay any mind to grabs my attention like Trinidad Jame$ did & now Ace Hood sparked my interest when I listened to a record called “Have Mercy” that made me go like, “Who the? What the? How the?”

I immediately headed to Dat Piff & copped Starvation 2, the mixtape he dropped at the beginning of the year. “Have Mercy” will be on his next album Trials & Tribulations though.

Starvation 2

I am so glad I woke up coz I’ve been sleeping on Ace Hood. Here’s a look is what I discovered.

ROOT OF EVIL

At first I think I’m listening to Chief Keef coz of the signature “Young Chop on the beat” intro. Ace is asking why the devil keeps fucking with him & his pockets are full of dead people. I immediately love this. Hood morphs into Chief Keef for one line & Big Sean for another while sounding hungrier than ever. Great intro, clearly I’m in store for some real nigga, ratchet yet Godly bars from the kid.

 GOING DOWN FT MEEK MILL

I love the beat in an instant. That shit you just ride to on the way to the club. The arrogance is sick, Ace kicks off spitting, “Lord have mercy all I wanted was a bimmer/ had no pot to piss in now I’m living thanking Jesus!” The bars stay dumb on this one, it just makes me happy. Ace says “Millionaire nigga I got diamonds on my dick” then Meek does one better saying “I tell a bitch take a deep breath/ and bend her knee like a free throw”. This is what ratchet rap’s all about. Having fun!

Sidebar: Ace’s prayers are so different from Kendrick’s.

GOT DAMN FT PLIES

I haven’t heard Plies on a record I like so I’m super excited about this one. The 808s knock something serious. This is more ratchet rap about diamonds, strippers, cars & liquor! I love it! Definitely turn up music. The bars are quite good. The thing about Ace is that as much as the song is just boasting he drops some funny punch lines like “Ballin like a bitch I made the ESPN news” or “Keep a Mr. Fix It, that’s who keep the tool”.  Plies still shouting at crackaz! Glad he delivers on this, check this> Quotable: “I was in the trap/ cracka kicked the door/ I was in the room/ I was beatin a hoe/ cracka ask me/ nigga where the snow/ told him prolly in Alaska/ cracka where it snows/” POW!

FUCK EM ALL FT FRENCH MONTANA

This one features the dude who sounds drunk all the time. He better be singing the hook. French bodies hooks with that slur. Yep! He’s on the hook. Another joint about stunting! Whoa! Ace Hood really must have been starving…The verse kicks off like a prayer that turns into how hard he’s balling. French sounds extra drunk. I don’t think he has a verse on this. Good. Not bad.

FUCK DA WORLD

This reminds me of Chief Keef coz of Young Chop’s production. The title reminds me of 2Pac. He had a jam called “Fuck The World”. Is Ace gonna get all conscious right now? Let’s see. It starts as a prayer where he asks God to never allow them to die broke. Yes. This is a bit conscious. He attacks the government & all the evil in the world from his own loss to mass murders. This is the realest shit he ever wrote,  Ace telling us not to complain over little shit, to have hope & to get out & do something. Quotable: When you’re broke there’s nobody there not even your friends.

Sidebar: Ace Hood was blessed with twin daughters Lyric & Sailor. Lyric died shortly after birth due to heart complications & shit.

LIL NIGGA (INTERLUDE)

Ace gets into his storytelling mode. Dude is sounding like a 2Pac with better flows on the last two records. It’s the story of a young cat who wants to help his mother out of the struggle so he starts selling product & joins a gang. Keeping it simple, Ace takes you through the entry, the come up closing at the tragic end of Lil Nigga caught in the trap. Well done. No Tyga.

WHY

This is produced by LV. Could it be the same fat LV who sang that Coolio “Gangsta’s Paradise” hook? Hmmm…Ace asks a shitload of questions on this one, being all introspective on this. He even asked a question about me, “I wonder why these people out here sleeping on me”.  I love this. I like it when a ratchet rapper gets mad real mad quick! Quotable: “Truth told/ my savings is seven o’s/ but who knows I’d rather die with a rich soul?”  

WANT FOR NOTHING

This sounds like a song that could be played on the radio. This is basically a victory lap for making it in the game & being able to take care of his family.  The way Ace spits it’s hard to believe he’s been in the rap game for four years! He sound so hungry, like it’s his first deal! Plus dude can sing, not amazingly but not shittily either.

MOB FT CHOO CHOO

Another Young Chop beat. Clearly Young Chop is the new Lex Luger. Remember him? He came to the game riding on the wings of a ratchet rapper by the name of Waka Flocka Flame just like Chop came on the wings of Chief Keef. Who the fuck is Choo Choo? The only Choo Choo I know is Kenya 7s rugby star Collins Injera aptly named so coz of his prowess on the pitch.  Back to songs about money, MOB stands for Money Over Bitches…should have featured Chief Keef, he never has women in his video, I’m sure he’d relate. This is a bit boring.

TAKE YO BITCH

I just know I’m going to love this one. Look at the title for Pete’s sake! The beat reminds me of a song I can’t place my finger on. This is ratchet rap at its best! “I’ma take yo girl/ I’ma fuck that bitch!” I can just see the strippers popping ass to this!  Turn up & play this at ignorant levels in the vicinity of some dimes rolling with insecure niggaz. Quotable: Love a bad bitch I’m a head junkie!

ON RIGHT NOW

Another victory lap record from Mr. Hood. This also sounds like it could get radio play. I love the hook, he sings again. This is the kind of record you play at ignorant levels when you just made some serious bank….or every end of the month when you get your peanuts for a month’s slavery at the plantation. Quotable: Save money don’t save hoes/ you niggaz so lifeguard!

FAMOUS GIRL

Ha! Ace drops a song for the socialites. This is about all the girls who get star struck & want to be famous willing to do anything to be among celebrities.  Real music for real people with real problems. Nice. Play this record for the next broad posting semi-nude pics on the instagram & every other one of her pics has a celeb in it.

ART OF DECEPTION

I like the beat. Sounds like vintage Neptunes. Ace is back to questioning life & it’s mysteries. He flips it & talks about a black girl lost looking for love. Then he flips it again & talks about how his mama gave him life lessons then flips back to the lost girl. Quotable: “Mama told me hard head make a soft ass/ dollar bills make her pole dance. “ I like how he says “I’m living to become a part of history.”

MOTIVE FT KEVIN COSSOM

Jahlil Beats delivered a dope beat for this. This is about skeezers & stunts, the women who fuck to get what they want. Kevin sings it well, “My motive is your honey/ your motive is the money/ so now we’re together but it won’t last forever”.  This Kevin Cossom chap sounds like the poor man’s The Weeknd. Word on the street is that Ace wants to tag Kendrick Lamar for a second version of this to be on Trials & Tribulations. Win!

BALL 4 EVA   

This starts with this line that makes me LOL, “A family that starve together, hustle together, get rich together.” I like it. Ace Hood looks at how far he’s come & then proceeds to let you know that his life is better than yours.  Quotable: “Ballin my religion/ pistol my supervision/ flooding my Jesus pieces/ sorry I’m superstitious/ we them niggaz who trendin/ foreign whips never rented.” This song is proof that God doesn’t want you to be broke!

JUST A SAMPLE

The beat is a soul sample. Ace wants to rhyme over a looped sample? This is beautiful. I like this. He takes shots at me, “People sleepin on me/ fuck you & yo standards” Ha! Ace just has fun with this one but I love it! I hope Ace gets paid for saying he’s drinking Ciroc coz otherwise I must question his choice in vodka. That Ciroc tastes horrible!

THIS N THAT FT FRENCH MONTANA

The light skin nigga who sounds drunk makes another appearance on the tape.  He must have a verse on this one. I hope not. Another beautiful soul sample on this. The beat is a beast! French goes in with his weakest Future impression. Hungry Ace is back talking about working hard to make that dollar. French’s hook is cool save for trying to sound like Future.

TRAILER

Is there a movie coming up after? See what I did? Okay that was lame. Ace reminds everyone that he’s a real nigga from the trap. This was supposed to serve as a teaser to the mixtape. Meh.

DEC 31ST

Is that DJ Khaled? Oh yeah. Khaled is Ace’s boss at We The Best, his label. This sounds like it should be an intro. He’s right when he says that 90% of the game stole Ace Hood’s flow. This is true, after “Hustle Hard”, a gang of niggaz was rapping with that flow. Hood’s bars on this are cold. Antarctica. Quotable: “All you niggaz sleepin meet the cemetery!”  

The tape ends there but there’s a bonus cut from a kid called Nino Brown. Let’s have a look.

COME UP REMIX – NINO BROWN FT FRENCH MONTANA, ACE HOOD & YO GOTTI

This is turn up music. Nino Brown is nothing special. French’s verse is ratchet. Nice. 100 chains on his stomach? LOL. Yo Gotti says “4 words/ Bitch I’m trying to come up”! What? Then he transforms into Rick Ross. Ace Hood bodies this joint! All the verses should be deleted but Hood’s verse.

I won’t lie, before I listened to “Have Mercy” I never cared for Ace Hood but clearly he is one of the most underrated rappers in the game. He has the flows, punchlines, cold bars & hunger that makes him better than most of the big name rappers outchea. What I like is that he got in touch with his real side as well. A great mixtape for anyone on the come up with great ambition.

If the upcoming “Trials & Tribulations” follows this path which can be expected from the singles, “Bugatti” & “Have Mercy”, I can’t wait to cop that shit.

Favorite Jams: DEC 31ST, MOTIVE, WHY, GOTDAMN, FUCK DA WORLD, ON RIGHT NOW, TAKE YO BITCH & LIL NIGGA.

Pamoja!!!

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