Video: Yungeen Ace – “Pain”
The Jacksonville-Born Cinematic Music Group Signee Reflects on a Recent Shooting in the Video for the Life of Betrayal Highlight
Critical Praise for Yungeen Ace:
“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
Rhyming about his trials and tribulations with a compelling melodic drawl, Jacksonville’s Yungeen Ace is a rapidly rising star on the Southern rap scene. Revisiting a recent life-changing tragedy, Yungeen Ace bares his soul in “Pain,” his latest video. Beginning with news coverage of a recent shooting that killed three of Ace’s friends and left him gravely wounded (“I lost my best friend, my mud brother, and my blood brother,” says the rapper in the video’s intro), Ace ruminates in his apartment, where he is currently under house arrest, revealing his wounds on his left arm and his wrist. In the song, Ace describes the immense hurt he feels and dares the listener to empathize with his turmoil–three of his closest friends are dead and he has to be the one to tell their mothers.
“Pain” is a heart-wrenching highlight from Life of Betrayal, Ace’s mature and fully-formed debut mixtape, premiered by Billboard earlier this month. The mixtape features several buzzing singles including “Jungle,” a poignant banger with an appearance from JayDaYoungan, which garnered over 4.4 million views on YouTube, “Fuck That,” (5.8 million views), “All In” (5.3 million views), and “Betrayed” (2.5 million views). Featuring an appearance from NBA YoungBoy and hosted by DJ Shab, Life of Betrayal released earlier this month 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 412k 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.
Watch “Pain”: https://youtu.be/TLIgFxNY61E
Listen to Life of Betrayal: https://soundcloud.com/yungeenace/sets/life-of-betrayal/
Buy/Stream Life of Betrayal: https://yungeenace.lnk.to/LOB
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”
- “All In”
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, arriving August 3rd, Ace is next.
Bio, photos, and music available at www.audibletreats.com/yungeen-ace
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
“Gorillaz” ft. OG 3Three: https://soundcloud.com/yungeenace/gorrilaz-ft-og-3three