Def Jam rapper Ace Hood released his latest effort yesterday, Blood, Sweat & Tears. The 23-year-old MC (born Antoine McColister) is brutally honest on the new joint, telling fans the story of his struggles to make it in hip-hop and what he did to get through it all.
With two LPs under his belt (2008’s Gutta and 2009’s Ruthless), the South Florida native found his voice while working on Blood, Sweat & Tears. “This album is pure passion,” says Ace. “It’s not so much party music or anything like that. It’s definitely an album that we’ve been missing nowadays in the hip-hop community being that it’s cool to glorify the fancy cars and the beautiful women. Blood, Sweat & Tears is me understanding the struggle and finding a way through it.”
Ace’s first single, “Hustle Hard” finds the rapper striving to make it any way he can, while the album’s second single “Go N’ Get It” recalls a time when Ace was faced with an eviction notice and struggled to make ends meet. “Bitter World” goes on to describe him growing up without a father and how quickly you could fall from stardom by detailing his fears of failure.
“A lot of things about me changed while I was recording this album, says Ace. “I definitely became much more mature. In the beginning I was nervous talking about these types of things because I didn’t know how people would take it. I always felt for people to understand me as a man, they would have to understand the struggle and come to find out my struggle isn’t any different than anyone else’s struggle.”
Make sure to grab Ace Hood’s Blood, Sweat & Tears out now and check him out on the next episode of MTV2’s “The DUB Magazine Project,” airing this Sunday, August 14th at 1 pm!