In under a year the 21-year-old Florida rapper Ace Hood came with a follow-up to his debut as in Summer 2009, the DJ Khaled-affiliate dropped "Ruthless" to continue the success which came of "Gutta" from the year before. In this, just as before, he gets big names working alongside him as the likes of Ludacris, T-Pain and Rick Ross (amongst others) all come to assist and aid in showing how he can come with some hardcore Dirty South material.
1. "Get Money"
To get things going here you have the rapper joined by Rick Ross to show that he has support from one of the biggest names in the Florida Rap scene, and I felt that it made for a great starter to get things going as he comes with some fresh material to indicate where things could be taken here, and Ross' role in it all seems to be very well-valued in making it such a heavy jam to hype up the listeners for what is to come. There are many N.W.A> references here, and shows where the influences are coming from as they flow.
2. "Loco Wit The Cake"
This is a heavy joint from the album and one which was seen to have a big impact as it dropped as one of the promo singles to the album and found that the artist jumped out there with hardcore southern beats from Schife, which really make the most out of some heavy, pounding bass to push it along as he talks about how he is able to splurge regularly on the money he amassed in his career up to this point.
3. "Born An O.G."
This is one of the biggest tunes on the album and one which I felt did damage because of the big link-up with Luda. Ludacris is seen to show his Gangsta rap side here and comes with a raging flow here t accompany Hood, who appears to take on a delivery style which matches his (in the way that he was seen to do with the opening track with Rick Ross) but I can't say tha this was much of an issue with such a killer tune.
The Runners are behind the production here, and immediately I knew that it would make for a banger of a joint, however I began to doubt this when I heard Akon's voice on the hook to undermine this somewhat as he comes with his typical annoying singing at the chorus as Hood comes with some fly rhymes. Generally, however it sounded like they were trying to had to make a tune which would break into the mainstream and not enough to make a street tune (which he is based around).
There is more from The Runners on this one and this time around you find that the vocalist who they choose to jump on their innovative beats is the Philly Pop Soul singer Jazmine Sullivan, who comes with a rather inviting hook for the thing to be based on as he gets down to one where he seems to track his time and how he has always wished to come out with what we see in him today. I felt that it was a successful one, and another verse from Rick Ross was a nice added touch.
6. "Love Somebody"
Jeremih (the R&B singer who brought the smash hit "Birthday Sex" is the man behind the chorus here and I found that he was just the person to give the album what it needed to represent the fact that Ace Hood is part of a new generation of acts and he needed more of these to assist him to make them all breakthrough and overtake those who are on their way out. It is a Rap/R&B that is done well and isn't overpowered by the softer elements.
7. "Don't Get Caught Slippin'"
The Inkredibles are on the beats for this on as, for the first time on the album, Ace Hood is the sole artist on vocals and here he shows what he has to offer when he has complete control on what goes down and with such grungy beats backing him, he is given something which gives him quite a bit of freedom, but is pushed in the Dirty South Gangsta Rap direction, and he is seen to do big things as he explores these elements extensively.
8. "This N***a Here"
He gets back to the collaborations here as you find that Schife returns and he also gets the Cash Money owner Birdman showing some support by lending some rhymes as they get on top of some dark beats which will appeal to those who are into the sort of material which is especially prominent in Rap from artist in both Louisiana and Ace Hood's own state of Florida. It is a banger and really hits hard on the album.
In this one you have a buck chant used to make things much more 'gangsta' than what the combination of The-Dream and Tricky Stewart are actually capable of and I felt that as a result in means that the rapper must actually do the majority of rescuing it as the beats really don't suit his style, but I felt that he did a good job at making sure it doesn't just flop of another effort of doing a commercial Rap tune.
10. "Wifey Material"
Here you have Atlanta's Lloyd putting down the R&B vocal on this Runners-produced joint and I felt that this one was one of te most successful of quite a few of tunes which deal with this subject as here he takes it towards the female fans and raps about how he wishes to make a girl his when they possess the sorts of characteristics which he explores during this tune. It is a nice one and shows development from him.
11. "'Bout Me"
The beats in this one build up so you have the opportunity to really get into each aspect and enjoy it before it comes out with the end result and I felt that it made for a killer tune on the album which really stands out here. In it you get some early nineties G-Funk influence through the synth and I felt that it was a welcomed alternative element to support him as he gets into some rough rhymes which have him taken into a higher mind state.
From this point onwards you only get Hood on the raps and so it gives him the chance to do more where he is able to explore the types of things which actually excites him, and he clearly really wishes to rhyme about. With this one you have cluttered beats which are full of complex layering as he gets into flows about the type of drugs which he is slinging on his block and where you can find him at to get it all.
13. "Make A Toast"
For the final track on the album you have the rapper calming things down for a laid-back offering as he is seen to get down to rhymes which have him just taking the time to appreciate everything he has an celebrate all of his here as a final offering for this sophomore album. It is a fresh cut and one which rounds off this strong album well to represent the quality which was found at pretty much every stage through it.
Although there was one clear slip up in the album (all down to Akon's input) this was a strong album from the rapper and one which seemed to do well to continue to bring the same standard as was seen with his debut album (which featured the tune "Cash Flow"). If you enjoy Florida Rap, then this is for you as it is a well-developed Dirty South record.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Get Money - Ace Hood,
2 Loco wit the Cake - Ace Hood, Toni Schifer
3 Born an OG - Ace Hood, Ludacris
4 Overtime - Ace Hood, , T-Pain,
5 Champion - Ace Hood, , Jazmine Sullivan
6 Love Somebody - Ace Hood,
7 Don't Get Caught Slippin - Ace Hood
8 This Ni**a Here - Ace Hood, , Toni Schifer
9 Mine - Ace Hood,
10 Wifey Material - Ace Hood,
11 Bout Me - Ace Hood, Ballgreezy
12 Zone - Ace Hood
13 Make a Toast - Ace Hood