Trials & Tribulations

Trials & Tribulations

by Ace HoodAce Hood


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After living up to his name with the stern 2011 Def Jam release Blood Sweat & Tears, rapper Ace Hood travels to the land of Cash Money Records for this 2013 effort, but his executive producer, Khaled Khaled aka DJ Khaled, is still along for the ride. As such, the diverse, dirty, and quite determined Trials & Tribulations is an effective amalgamation of all these hip-hop names, with quirky, cool Cash Money moments (R&B great Betty Wright showing up on the moving closer, "Mama") rubbing shoulders with slick, star-studded singles that are more Khaled-driven ("Rider" with Chris Brown is so smooth and extra plush). Hood's ever increasing skills are what holds this rangy effort together, as he convincingly offers pathos on the Cardiak-produced "Another Statistic" and doles out the believable pain on the banging, Renegades-helmed title track. He sounds extra inspired when producer Sonny Digital pastes together gamelan orchestra chimes from Bali and a boom-bap backbeat from the golden age for the thrilling, hooky history lesson called "Before the Rollie," and when it comes to that Florida flash, "Bugatti" is blinding with Rick Ross and Future kicking the swagger into overdrive. The sequence of "Rider," "Hope," and "Pray for Me" makes for a long stretch of slow and low, and while this isn't a giant leap forward or a stunning diversion from previous releases, Hood's on a roll and it's hard not to welcome the usual power and polish. He's still a more street-level and sensible alternative to Rick Ross here, with the added benefit of storytelling that sticks in the head.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2013
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602537464746
catalogNumber: 001882802
Rank: 77286

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ace Hood   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Rivers   Engineer
Bryan Williams   Executive Producer
Renegades   Producer
DJ Khaled   Producer
Ben Diehl   Arranger,Engineer
Khaled Khaled   Composer,Executive Producer
Cardiak   Producer
Chris Bell   Engineer
Schife   Producer
Streetrunner   Producer
Dwayne Carter   Executive Producer
Boi-1DA   Producer
Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams   Executive Producer
Inderan K. Bailey   Engineer
Gregory "Kiko" Philoctete   Management
Sonny Digital   Producer
Southside   Producer
Arthur McArthur   Producer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
TM88   Producer
Ben Billions   Producer
Lee On the Beats   Producer
Dopant Beats   Producer
Adam "Adabeasie" Bayrer   Engineer
Michael "Banger" Cahadia   Engineer
Metro Boomin   Producer

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