Monday, April 2, 2012 at 6:29 a.m.
Ace Hood with T-Pain
All braids and diamonds, Ace Hood put on a brief but soulful performance at Revolution Live on Friday night. Performing in his hometown clearly meant something special to the hip-hop artist signed to DJ Khaled's We the Best Music Group. With his "nine five four" T-shirt, and mother and sisters in attendance, the musician was happy to be home and celebrating the release of his mixtape Starvation.
The place definitely wasn't packed. It was like a house party but at Revolution. There were plenty of kids in baseball caps, dancing like they grew up right here, near the ocean, near the city. The 305 and 954 represented through some sick and silly dance moves.
The buildup to the show was intense. For about four hours, local rappers and DJs from both Power 96 and 99 Jamz spun an assortment of goods and bads. DJ Epps and DJ Eclipse brought the straight up party music while DJ Nasty went from the real thug shit Gunplay to the stomach turning "Party Rock." The Power 96 female MC blessed the crowd with endless energy and her own impressive Busta Rhymes impression.
Area rapper D Cash started his set with a tribute to Notorious BIG and in one of his rhymes made reference to Summer's Eve. That's a first. Broward boy Lyrikill came out donning a scrolling marquee necklace. We couldn't look away.
After tons of being pumped up, some people with a whole lotta look came out from backstage to sit in the VIP area. Then Ace Hood's set started out with "Welcome to My Hood" and many a 954 shout out. Everyone had their camera up and recording, and they all knew the lyrics to the songs, including off the newest mixtape.
Hood looked totally comfortable onstage, expressing genuine love for his hometown of Deerfield Beach and the whole audience. He said, "If y'all truly love me, you'd know this one right here," and started in on "Cash Flow." And amidst the enthusiasm out came T Pain. The floor was literally vibrating, a sensation that is both relaxing and invigorating. One you can't help but love.
A few song off of Starvation revealed music that was darker than Hood's other work, but not dirtier. It's clean and serious, and sad stuff. Then Ace Hood got dirty himself. He took his shirt off, and started singing dirty to the "sexy" ladies in the room. "How many y'all like chocolate?" He asked. Not too many screams, "White brothers, we going out of style!" Then talked about the noises ladies make while being penetrated. No lie. He sang about beating the pussy up, and (of course), beating it down. There was some crotch grabbing. People in the audience started getting all handsy with each other.
Another song off of Starvation revealed more sombre topics like his father's passing and taking painkillers. He spoke about supporting his family then broke into "Hustle Hard." His mom and sisters sang along with gusto and, probably, appreciation. The night came to an oddly abrupt end as Ace Hood announced an upcoming tour and much appreciation to Broward County. A hometown boy if we every saw one, we want nothing but the best for Ace Hood.
The Crowd: Hams and dancers from Broward and Miami.
Told to me by someone at the show: Apparently, T-Pain has stayed frequently at the penthouse suite at the Diplomat in Hollywood and likes to order mostly mac and cheese and hot dogs.
Personal Bias: Based on that story, T-Pain sounds like my kinda dude.
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