Video: Yungeen Ace – “Message”
The Jacksonville Rapper Shares a Quick PSA For the Opps in This Short-But-Intense Clip, As He Prepares for a Big Summer of New Releases
“Already, he feels incapable of mediocrity and when the fire flashes – we freeze.” – Passion of the Weiss
“As a young rapper from the talent hotbed that is Florida, Yungeen Ace has found a way to stick out, slowly building a name for himself through his work.” – XXL
“Yungeen Ace borrows melodies from fellow Floridian Kodak Black, meshing his sound with that of NBA YoungBoy’s to tackle a vibe of his own.” – HotNewHipHop
“The pain in Ace’s voice is palpable but is paired with some surprising positivity in the lyrics throughout.” – Elevator Mag
Building up a massive grassroots fanbase on the strength of his aggressive and emotional street tales, Yungeen Ace is ready for primetime. The first salvo in a busy summer for the young Jacksonville native, Ace shares “Message,” a short and aggressive new video. Scored by uptempo minor-key arpeggios, “message” is a final warning for the opps to start running before he bares down their necks like his pet pit bull. In the video, the Cinematic Music Group mobs in the city streets with his homie and his fierce-looking pit bull, intercut with scenes set in a red-lit, plastic-wrapped room, reminiscent of the kill rooms from Showtime’s Dexter. Premiered by HYPEBEAST, “Message” follows Ace’s heart-pounding, boxing-themed video for “So Long,” which has 1.9 million views on YouTube.
“There’s been a lot of negativity around me this past year,” Yungeen Ace told HYPEBEAST. “There were attempts on my life, and I lost mud brothers and blood brothers. But now…I feel untouchable and I need everybody to know that I’m prepared to match their same energy- that’s why this song is called message. I got a lot of projects coming out, a documentary, a project with JayDaYoungan. I aint never stopping, I’m on they neck now you feel me–this is the year of ATK 😈”
Yungeen Ace broke out in a tumultuous 2018, which found the rapper experiencing newfound success and horrifying tragedy simultaneously. In June, right after he released his hit video “Fuck That” (11 million views), Ace was nearly killed in a drive-by shooting that proved fatal for the other three passengers of his car–his brother, his best friend, and another close childhood friend. The 21-year-old rapper coped with his conflicting emotions on Life of Betrayal and Life I’m Livin, his first two mixtapes. Released in August, Life of Betrayal hosted some of Ace’s biggest hits, including “Fuck That,” “Jungle” (11.9 million views), and especially “Pain,” which earned over 25 million views on YouTube. Dropped in December, Life I’m Livin finds Ace reckoning with his rise and with his past, as he tries to shake the habits learned in a rough neighborhood in riveting tracks like “KSO Homicide,” and warns others against living a life of crime in the tape’s title track. Look out for much more music from Yungeen Ace to come in the near future.
Watch “Message”: https://youtu.be/jWpopZLtR10
Buy/Stream “Message”: https://yungeenace.ffm.to/message.oyd
Check out the HYPEBEAST premiere: https://hypebeast.com/2019/5/yungeen-ace-message-music-video-stream
Yungeen Ace has built his massive following by standing alone. At 20, the artist born Keyanta Bullard describes his city of Jacksonville as “a jungle.” Originally a Chicagoan, he moved to Duval County, Florida as a child with no friends. Despite 11 brothers, Ace learned fast that if he wanted to survive, he could only rely on himself. “It’s hard out here. Everything we do, we gotta fight for it. We’ve got to go above and beyond just to make it. The surroundings are crazy. It’s a creep city. Nobody is for you out here, so you have to be really for yourself.” In June of this year, Ace was the lone survivor when a car he was riding in was ambushed by a drive-by shooting on Town Center Parkway. Three friends died. Just freed after a bid, the moment was a painful and chilling reminder of the violence epidemic for Ace. It was a dark spot in an otherwise upbeat time. The rapper recently signed with Cinematic Music Group, a label responsible for propelling key new musical voices into the mainstream. With his debut mixtape Life of Betrayal having dropped this past August, Ace is next.
Bio, photos, and music available at www.audibletreats.com/yungeen-ace
“So Long”: https://youtu.be/amsrWy0e4-8
“Murder Rate Rising”: https://youtu.be/pRX0WkEt4b0
“2X Screamin'”: https://youtu.be/2Tske-ARpp0
Life I’m Livin: http://yungeenace.lnk.to/LIL
“Hold Me Down”: https://youtu.be/_HeaQYRPt2w
“Wanted” ft. NBA YoungBoy: https://youtu.be/tzxzOC80Jlc
“Don’t Know Why”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFn9i8NgF9E
Life Of Betrayal: https://soundcloud.com/yungeenace/sets/life-of-betrayal/ // https://yungeenace.lnk.to/LOB
“Jungle” ft. JayDaYoungan: https://youtu.be/sAh5v6fPnP4/ https://soundcloud.com/yungeenace/jungle-feat-jaydayoungan
“Fuck That”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBweJcwdUlU