ACE HOOD – Trials & Tribulations

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Ace Hood spends most of “Trials & Tribulations” running down a list of topics he feels listeners want instead of creating compelling music that comes naturally. Charting Ace Hood’s significance within the Rap game is a tall order, which is quite perplexing given his resolute foray into making music for the streets. Take for instance his lead single, “Bugatti.” It’s relentless and catchy, marking his biggest hit since 2011’s “Hustle Hard.” However, calling it an achievement solely on his part would be an inaccurate claim. One could even go as far as to say he’s the record’s weakest link, with Future’s syrupy hook and Mike WiLL Made It’s vicious backdrop setting the tone for its success. And that’s the thing; no artist of his (supposed) caliber takes as much criticism as they do praise. Ace Hood is his own worst enemy, and his latest album Trials & Tribulations is a prime example of why that is.

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Lil Wayne Signs Paris Hilton….Yes To A Record Contract

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Lil Wayne’s crew just signed Paris Hilton to a record deal … and she’s planning on dropping a brand new album in the very near future!! Wayne’s mentor — Birdman — confirmed the news on Twitter … saying, “Lil Wayne’s Cash Money family has a new member! Paris Hilton: RichgangRichgirl.” According to Showbiz411, Hilton’s album will focus on house music — no surprise, since she’s been DJing at various clubs all over the world … and training with some house music bigshots for years.

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Birdman Says He Wants To Drop 100 Cash Money Albums Each Year

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Birdman has revealed his latest scheme for his record imprint. In what seems to be a high target to reach, Birdman has said that he is aiming to put out 100 albums every year. Speaking to MTV News, he explained the plan. “Right now, as we stand, we have [48 acts] between Young Money, Cash Money, We The Best,” he said.

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Game Reveals Possible Signing With MMG

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The Compton native has revealed that Rick Ross is considering signing him. Game is set to complete his fifth album with Interscope Records. When Jesus Piece hits the streets in December, his contract with the label will be finished. In a recent interview with MTV RapFix Live, Game revealed that none other than the Teflon Don had considered signing him

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Young Buck Is Selling His Name

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Young Buck faces an obstacle that most rappers never want to come across during their music career. The Tennessee native and former G-Unit signee may have to sell his rap moniker as a result of his current bankruptcy case.

The Tennessean newspaper reports that the trustee administering the 30-year-old rapper’s estate plans to sell his trademarked “Young Buck” name along with other assets. Buck filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and Judge George C. Paine II recently signed an order converting the case from Chapter 11 reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation.

“My name, Young Buck, has been with me since I was 12, 13 years old,” Buck stated. “At the end of the day, it’s ridiculous. My name wasn’t given to me by G-Unit Records. They didn’t name me Young Buck. My mother calls me Young Buck.”

The conversion of his case does little to help Young Buck, born David Darnell Brown, who was close to signing with Birdman’s Cash Money label. The deal would have helped move the ‘Straight Outta Cashville’ rhymer out of debt slowly, being able to pay back child support he owes as well as the more than $10 million he reportedly owes 50 Cent and G-Unit Records.

Buck has been locked in a bitter legal dispute with the record label since 2008, which prevents him from recording any new material.


Mystikal Officially Joins Cash Money Records

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A one-time No Limit Soldier has officially enlisted with the Cash Money army. CM labelhead Birdman announced today (December 13) the latest acquisition of the YMCMB family: fellow New Orleans legend Mystikal.

“It is an honor to get the opportunity to work with Mystikal, as we have a long history together,” Birdman said in a statement. “It has been a truly long time since I have felt like a rapper and with this signing, and partnership, Birdman and Slim have given me my life as a rapper back,” Mystikal, who has been signed to the label since last month, added in release to the press. “I am ready to go. I am going to put my red Superman drawers, cape and boots on and go! This is a huge moment for me and I am truly excited to be with Cash Money Records.”

Birdman and Mystikal aren’t wasting any time with their new allegiance. The two are putting out “Original,” Mystikal’s first single, later on this evening via Funk Master Flex’s Hot 97 radio show. According to their reps, Birdman and Mystikal have been sequestered in Miami’s Hit factory recording a gaggle of records, including “Original.” Besides The #1 Stunnna, the track features Lil Wayne. Mystikal’s Cash Money debut is due this Spring.

Ironically, prior to signing his new deal, Mystikal had been hard at work on several records that were produced by former Cash Money staple, Mannie Fresh. Just this past September, the 41-year-old MC told MTV News he was working on “rebranding” himself and creating new hits with Fresh.

“We been working,” Mystikal said of his Fresh collaborations. “Last couple of weeks, we been coming with some monsters in that studio. I still gotta give [the fans] that vintage me, because that’s what I am, but I found a way to kinda bring it up to speed and still be contemporary.”

Mystikal’s signing comes on the heels of Birdman and his brother Slim signing Busta Rhymes last month.

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