Ace Hood - Starvation 3 (Mixtape)

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Ace Hood once again falls short in delivering a full-length project that feels substantially impressive.

Over the course of four albums and several mixtapes, Ace Hood has situated himself as a rapper that is for the streets, by the streets. The position hasn't exactly been that lucrative for the 25-year-old from South Florida. Aside from a few hit singles that he can claim as his own, Ace typically disappears whenever the discussion of young notable rappers pops up. That recipe doesn't change on his new mixtape, Starvation III, where he stays firmly entrenched in appeasing those that go to sleep with one eye open.

Ace Hood comes out the gate strong with “Fear” and “Everyday,” records that highlight a daily grind mentality. Save for his questionable use of Auto-Tune on “Everyday,” these songs serve his demographic well by delivering a gritty style backed by convincing rhymes. This sincerity can similarly be heard on "Buss Guns," a record that on the surface sounds formulaic at best. However, Ace Hood tackles the subject with remarkable detail, referencing Chief Keef and abiding to the codes of the street in the process. There’s also a chip on Hood’s shoulder here, and he addresses it accordingly. “I’m feelin’ myself getting money every day like a young nigga supposed to / Can’t walk in my shoes, take a look in my eyes, you don’t know what I’ve been through,” he raps with vicious intent.

Considering the progress Ace Hood makes at the beginning of Salvation III, it then becomes disappointing to watch him fall back into a hole of creative stagnation on the latter half. Reazy Renegade’s menacing beat on “F.Y.F.R. (Fuck Your Favorite Rapper)” is the equivalent of tossing a softball to Mark McGwire during his juicing days and seeing him whiff. It’s nearly impossible to sound bad because Renegade’s production is so good, yet Hood misses the mark by attempting to stake his claim as the South’s Kendrick Lamar. He fares better on “Hip Hop,” though the actual theme behind the record takes its cue from Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.” And classics are better left untouched than emulated.

Ace Hood switches up the tone on “Save Us,” a somber track that uncovers the ills of his community. The results are incredible, with Betty Wright’s powerful vocals on the hook gliding across the melancholic backdrop. Ace digs past his usual corner boy bravado and gets to the heart of the matter, rapping, “There’s a war going on outside, it’s devastating / The hoods segregated by cliques and affiliations / City full of satans who facing no limitations / Turning on the news and it’s poison throughout the nation.” Incorporating more moments like “Save Us,” instead of the trite narrative behind “R.N.S. (Real Nigga Shit)” or the lackluster club record “Skip the Talk’n,” would have produced a better balance here.

While Starvation III is a noticeable improvement from the first two installments, Ace Hood once again falls short in delivering a full-length project that feels substantially impressive. He has his moments of lyrical triumphs, as well as a determined attitude that never wavers throughout. Ultimately, Starvation III will get its fair share of spins before the next bubbling street rapper drops their new project. And so the cycle continues.

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40 Comments

  • Bobby Rob

    Ace always delivers!

  • Telisha

    First of all Starvation I and II went hard. He is under a different label now. Trails and Tribulations was a good CD. Ace is underrated cuz I guarantee if he was singing like drake yall would like it. kick rocks!

  • bausz

    Dope album, his ending messages to all rappers regardless his close collaborates!!!!

  • Akrim

    Not Great. Expect Better From Ace Hood

  • Anonymous

    Listen to horseshoe gang

  • 216doeboy

    ace hood mixtapes be fire but his albums be trash

  • Anonymous

    All you people who say this stuff is whack are whack. Ace Hood has kept his mentality for years. Raised on the street, Die on the street. Starvation 2 clearly shows his mentality for the street and not all this new im rich and love it stuff. All these other upcoming rappers just talk about how rich and how many hoes they can fit in a car. Ace delivers his hustle mentality into all these songs. These are songs meant for the hustlers ballers and shotcallers. or for anyone whos on their grind daily.

  • UcantBserious

    These are opinions not actual facts..this website reviews are run by NERDS that dont know good music..i bet they give that corny ass french/coke boys 3 a better score than ace hood..STARVATION 3 IS THE BEST MIXTAPE OF 2014 SO FAR UNTIL ACE OR SOMEONE ELSE CAN TOP IT,REAL SHIT!!!!!

    • DX Staff

      Bro, Ace Hood & good music don't even belong in the same sentence let alone the same paragraph, so please kill yourself.

  • John doe

    Y'all fucks probably give two chains a awesome review you probably also think mackelmore had the better album than Kendrick Lamar but everybody entitled to they shitty opinion you don't wanna hear relevant rhymes to today's times so respect.

    • Niggaz Tough Online

      If he wack why waist your energy reading an article about him..you a fan i bet you was the first to download..instant download S3 and you sound white saying BRO only corny rednecks say BRO!!!!

  • b74kd37h

    This guy is wack and is what's wrong with rap every time he rhymes

  • Breaune

    Y'all tripping his whole mixtape is dope.

  • Edwin O.

    Look at the comments below and you'll see that not too many people are feeling your hero. Like we said in a previous review, you cannot please DX readers like yourself. That's why the reviews seemed so "biased" in your deluded mind. We here at HipHopDX believe in giving everybody a fair chance and rating. Sometimes we like it, sometimes we don't. But that doesn't mean you should tell us nonsense like cleaning out our ears or try listening to the album again. Why? We did our jobs. We listened to the album, gave our opinion, wrote it down. Job well done. Don't tell us how to do our thing. You stick to doing what the fuck you do, which is commenting (aka volunteer work), and we'll do what we do: journalism.

  • Anonymous

    Shitty ass Review Whats wrong with Ace staking a claim on the South's Throne? We all know rappers have inflated egos and in most cases, everybody claims they are the best. Give the brother credit, Bro makes good music. He has diverse subject matter on here How the fuck can u not like FYFR honestly, he wore his heart on the sleeve on that record and all u do is call it into question The mix tape is dope Please review with no bias

    • Anonymous

      Yo, that was good, Mr Ortiz. You can really flow your ass off. I was wrong about what I said about you. I think you're an amazing rapper & much better than Ace Hood. In fact, I take back everything I said: You are one of the illest rapper/editors I have ever heard in all my life!

    • Edwin O.

      Why these lil blogging niggas keep bringing me out my element?/ Thinking just because I'm just an editor and I'm really not that intelligent/ Every single day, you nerds are always testing my fucking patience/ I don't ask God for all the answers, so instead I ask Satan/ When I was 15, I was steady robbing niggas for a minute/ But just because I'm a writer, don't think you won't get hit with this biscuit/ Used to sell drugs on the side, but that was to feed the babies/ Don't judge me, I'm bipolar and might get the urge to go crazy/ I'll send some goons to your house, put a price on your head/ I know you smoking that loud, nigga, you heard what I said/ I'll fuck you bitch so bad, I'll have her tell you to come over/ That's when I'll hit your ass in a drive-by and leave you slumped over/ That's what I'll do to any critics who say I can't spit/ I'll be a thugged out criminal till the day they slap them cuffs on my wrists/

    • Anonymous

      Id like to hear this hiphopdx writer spit some lines, then tell me if that is not corny bro. and your completely wrong ace hood can flow like noneother he just knows when and when not to explode his lyrical tactics onto a song. Obvioulsy YMCMB helped him out so his beats are not the greatest but guess what his Starvation 2 is one of the best mix tapes out their to this day. Hes just waiting for the opportune moment he really has much time to improve even though hes like reaching his peak!

    • Anonymous

      so true dude he delivers his music like he is talking to someone about all his problems in his life. grandma his daughter and all that stuff. this is real hip hop dog!

    • Anonymous

      @ Edwin O You sound so arrogant. Journalism? You are the worst journalist of all time... Twitter and CTRL C are not journalism, bro. Volunteer work? You look down the people who comment, that's why they won't comment anymore on your shitty site. You are the volunteer worker here. Nobody pays for your shitty site to read it.

    • Edwin O

      @Anonymous 2 Look at the comments below and you'll see that not too many people are feeling your hero. Like we said in a previous review, you cannot please DX readers like yourself. That's why the reviews seemed so "biased" in your deluded mind. We here at HipHopDX believe in giving everybody a fair chance and rating. Sometimes we like it, sometimes we don't. But that doesn't mean you should tell us nonsense like cleaning out our ears or try listening to the album again. Why? We did our jobs. We listened to the album, gave our opinion, wrote it down. Job well done. Don't tell us how to do our thing. You stick to doing what the fuck you do, which is commenting (aka volunteer work), and we'll do what we do: journalism.

    • Anonymous

      You sound really subjective, you latrine heads.How many gabbage rappers have received good reviews on here, you biased creeps For the record, you guys just don't like Ace. Next time, you are reviewing any material from him, get your heads out of your asses first

    • HipHopDX

      You sounding like a bitter ass hoe who sounds like she still in love with her ex or something. Cry me a river already, JT. We here at HHDX don't like Ace Wood for the simple fact that the nigga is pure, unadulterated garbage. Yes, he might show a range of emotions, but to us he's the average rapper, from boasting and bragging about the bitches he took from lame ass niggas to flossing a fugazee ass rolex that'll probably need to get super glued before he walks out the house. Anyway, if you've heard one Ace Wood mix tape, you've heard them all. Dude needs to find a new formula or something because all he's starting to run on corny right now. And as for our rating, it still stands, and for once, most of the comments agree with us for once. Case dismissed.

  • Anonymous

    I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaSNK0pm4eY

  • Corey

    I actually thought this was a decent mixtape, he brings energy similar to Meek Mill.. The thing with this mixtape though is that he seems to copy a few other rappers styles, apart from that -decent, glad he don't do the rnb inspired tracks on here.

  • Worst label ever we the worst?

    This nigga just gon keep putting out shit no one wants to hear Khaled taught him well

  • JRich

    Lol DX has no love for Ace Hood. I think the dude usually goes hard, this being no exception.

  • Judy Moffett

    uptil I saw the receipt for $8433 , I didn't believe ...that...my brothers friend was like they say actualie bringing home money part-time on-line. . there dads buddy started doing this 4 only 13 months and at present repayed the loans on their house and bought a gorgeous Car . you can look here... www.TEc80.Com Yet you read and watched but couldn't think of a reason that makes what he said wrong besides "he's irrelevant".

  • Anonymous

    Ace Wood and the rest of the We The Worst Label gonna be starving for a long time. Well, except for Khaled; that motherfucker looks like he never misses a meal.

    • d bang

      Mate your full time job is pro'lly hating on REALEST RAPPERS..drop a hot joint then spit as much bull shit as u want motherfucken broke ass hater...

    • Anonymous

      you don't miss a meal either if you have to check up on their eating status daily bro. And even if you call him ace wood hes getting more dough than yo ass ever will. Maybe getting laid more since you aint got no wood to serve to the ladies like ace wood would! Take you and your wood-filled ass down into broward and say one word and your ass would get choppered up.

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