The tough talk continues on the car stereo-ready “Errythang” and “King of the Streets” where Ace gets assistance from T-Pain for the hook and makes his opening arguments for a crown, but it stops shortly thereafter. “Body 2 Body” isn’t exactly a chart-topping smash but it’s decent enough to keep the momentum in his favor.
To the album’s detriment, the latter half finds Ace transforming into a DMX Jr., praying and wallowing in sorrow over discordant production, inconsistent with the bigger album cuts. The genuine “Spoke to my Momma” is worth saving but its surrounding mood killers just bring the excitement level down. It still fares better than Khaled’s idea of musicianship, as heard on “Legendary,” where R&B all-stars Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole and Ne-Yo do nothing more but wail their throats hoarse over an electronica heap of bullshit.
It is a direct reflection on the creativity of the WTB camp for standing behind spotty albums every time out. The existence of iTunes allows for projects of such caliber to survive, but that talent would be better served for an EP, with that distinction more so going to Ace Hood. Their albums may be average but at least “Hustle Hard” and “I’m on One” will live on in infamy.
We The Best Forever
Label: We The Best/Terror Squad/Cash Money/Universal Motown | Producers: Lex Luger, Noah “40” Shebib, Danja, The Runners, Boi-1da, T-Minus, The Renegades, The Nasty Beatmakers, The Monarch, Infinity, THE TEAM
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Label: We The Best/Def Jam | Producers: Lex Luger, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, The Runners, Cardiak, Sonny Digital, Young Fyre, Schife, The Lottery, The Monarch, The Renegades, OhZee, White Hot