Houston, TX – While Yungeen Ace has developed an unlikely relationship with “A Thousand Miles” pop star Vanessa Carlton, that’s still not enough to win over police in his hometown of Jacksonville. During Monday’s (June 15) interview with Houston’s 93.7 The Beat, Ace admitted police not letting him perform in Duval played a role in his move to H-Town.

“The police won’t let me,” he said. “They don’t want me coming out there doing shows. I want to do a bike giveaway, but the police won’t let me. I can go through someone to do it … but I want to do it. I want them [kids] to see me. I want to hand out notebooks, bikes, turkeys, [but] they won’t let me.”

While the restrictions could be deemed unfair, Yungeen Ace didn’t do himself any favors when he brought the spotlight on him and his collaborators for “Who I Smoke,” which details the opps they’ve allegedly been put in the grave six feet under.

The viral 2021 track Yungeen Ace collaborated with Spinabenz, Whoppa Wit Da Choppa and FastMoney Goon on boasts over 24 million views on YouTube.

“Who I Smoke” actually features a sample from the inescapable 2001 hit “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton. Ace and Carlton have maintained a friendship since she approved the sample and he hopes to work with her again.

“She hit me the other day and said let’s go golfing,” he relayed as a joke regarding the music video’s theme. “I got major love for Vanessa. She calls me. We Facetime. I’m waiting on her to send me something right now.”

Carlton faced criticism for approving her sample on the violent track, but she defended herself in a series of tweets in May.

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“To the white folks that have expressed anger/shock over my approval of A Thousand Miles’ usage in the Spinabenz, Whoppa Wit Da Choppa, Yungeen Ace, & FastMoney Goon song Who I Smoke, I invite you to ask yourself why you feel this way,” she wrote.

“Popular songs accompanied by white violence or tales of white violence aren’t questioned. It’s considered visceral or cinematic. Here we have Stuck in the Middle of you playing while a guy gets his ear cut off. Reservoir Dogs.”