With Meek Mill's deadly lyrical skills overshadowing many rappers dropping mixtapes this summer, many have forgotten that there are others able to body a beat. Ace Hood happens to be one of them, and with the second volume of Body Bag out Hip-Hop heads have their proof.
Self-promoted as a hungry emcee, Ace approaches tracks with a ravenous appetite, and onÂ Body Bag Vol. 2Â he devours everything placed in front of him. On âGutta Backâ he introduces the tapeâs subject matter; namely, outright arrogance expressed poetically. He gets political on âWanna Beezâ and âYeen Bout Dat Life,â questioning the candidacy of his opposition. In Aceâs eyes he is the democratically elected president of the streets, and on â6 Summersâ he explains that wonât be changing any time soon.
Light on features, just likeÂ previous projects, the majority of the songs are solo outings. That said, he does have some solid guestsÂ on this mixtape. Juicy J and Choo Choo join him for âGeekân,â a drugged out anthem for pill poppers. Bun B and Kirko Bangz accompany âDouble Cup,â another screwed song that the cast chop up and chatter over. Later,Â Kevin Cossom assists on âLottery,â which celebrates the artistsâ winning ways.
At fifteen tracks the tape is a decent length considering the limited subjectÂ matter, and provides fansÂ with a taste of what they can expect from Ace Hood on upcoming features likeÂ DJ KhaledâsÂ Kiss The Ring withÂ testosterone levelsÂ set to overload. Â This review canât close without mentioningÂ âLeggoâ and âRosaries.â The first is produced by Mike Will Made It, who is slowly becoming the most sought out beatsmith in the industry. Â While "Rosaries"Â is a final prayer, andÂ discussing the possibility of death Ace spits, âpray to God my soul to keep. Keep my homeboys off the streets. Keep my bad hoes on a leash. When I die bury me with a neck full of rosaries.â Itâs the most introspective record on this release, and reminds us all of the hardships heâs been forced to endure.
This tape is a prelude of big things to come for the YMCMB rapper who is on the cusp ofÂ increased exposure which can lead to himÂ expanding hisÂ artistry. Â Until then,Â fans can enjoy Ace doing what he does best, and puttingÂ his ability to attack a track and wrap it in plastic is on full display.