Southern rapper Ace Hood recently discussed his hip-hop image and why fans should prepare to start hearing his name brought up more often in conversations.
Defending his comparison to five-time World Series baseball champion Derek Jeter, Ace believes his star power is only getting bigger.
“I’m just saying I’m that young boy. I’m that next big boy in the game. I’m soon to be that franchise name, that household name. When you mention Ace Hood, you see hundreds of thousands of fans who are supporting him and he’s packing out concerts and stadiums. We’re going to slowly and surely work our way towards that. I’m just letting them know that in due time, I will be that big, household name that y’all always planned for me to be.” (Hip Hop Game)
Last year, DJ Khaled gave his reasons for co-signing Ace’s music.
“I mean, Ace Hood is still 21 years old,” Khaled pointed out in an interview. “The h*es, I mean women, they love him, and he has potential to be a superstar. It’s going to take hard work and I have his back 100 percent…DJ Khaled’s involvement is everything in the record. DJ Khaled comes up with the concept. DJ Khaled gets with the producer and is either me making it or somebody else making it with me orchestrating the situation. DJ Khaled is bringing the energy from the artist, to me, to the producer, then to the room. I am Berry Gordy of hip-hop.” (All Hip Hop)
In late 2009, Khaled said Hood still had room to grow and spark a larger following of fans.
“A lot of people don’t know, Ace Hood is one of the most selling new rap artists,” Khaled explained in an interview. “It’s hard to sell a lot of records these days; that’s what they sayin’, right? But at the same time, if I look at other new rap artists that came out in the last two years, like new artists on his level, he sold more. It’s not even like that with me [with sales.] It’s about making Ace into a superstar, which he is gonna be, one of the big superstars in the game.” (XXL Mag)
Ace’s second album, Ruthless, debuted on the charts in summer 2009.
DJ Khaled protege Ace Hood’s sophomore project Ruthless hit No. 23 in it’s first week. After a solid seven days on the charts, the album is seen scanning 19,700 pieces. (Sales Wrap)
Check out some past Ace Hood footage below: