By Jack Barnes
Combining classic southern-fried beats with a new school melodicism and an appealingly drawly delivery, Jacksonville’s Yungeen Ace channels his troubles into well-crafted rap songs. Delivering warning shots to all comers who try his patience, Yungeen Ace airs a list of grievances on “Demons,” his latest single. Though he tries to lead a peaceful existence, Yungeen Ace finds himself provoked by snitches and overconfident wannabes–“Demons” finds the rapper wrestling with his conscience, channeling his anger into rapidfire bars. Premiered by The FADER, “Demons” is a low-key slapper, drenched in warped church organ, warm electric keys, and halting, syncopated percussion. In the video, Ace ruminates under red light, dancing alone and staring at candles, haunting his own house with his dark thoughts.
“Demons” comes hot on the heels of Ace’s “Jungle,” a poignant banger with an appearance from JayDaYoungan, which garnered over 1 million views on YouTube. “Jungle” is a highlight from highlights from Life of Betrayal, Ace’s debut project. Featuring hit singles like “Fuck That,” which has over 3.8 million views on YouTube, “All In” (4.4 million views), and “Betrayed” (1.9 million views), and boasting an appearance from NBA YoungBoy, Life of Betrayal releases August 3rd via Cinematic Music Group.
Building up a profile with his crafty songwriting and expressive vocals, Yungeen Ace won the respect of many of his peers, ranging from superstar NBA YoungBoy to deep south veteran Mista Cain. In 2018, Yungeen Ace started to build a sizable fanbase, earning millions of views on his music videos. In June, Yungeen Ace’s meteoric rise took a dark turn when he and three friends, including his brother, were attacked in a drive-by shooting. Though he attempted to shield his brother from the hail of bullets by using his own body, getting shot 8 times, as he told his 329k Instagram followers, Yungeen Ace was the only survivor of the shooting. After spending weeks recuperating in the hospital, Yungeen Ace has a new lease on life, and he intends to turn the tragedy of his brother’s and his friends’ loss into artistic triumph. Look for more music from Yungeen Ace to come this year.
Life of Betrayal (Hosted by DJ Shab) Tracklist:
- “True Story”
- “Wanted” Feat. NBA Youngboy
- “Fuck That”
- “Have You Ever”
- “Jungle” Feat. JayDaYoungan
- “Hold Me Down”
- “Find Myself”
- “Best Friend”
- “All In”
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