Yungeen Ace uses his supernatural sense of melody to make powerfully affecting trap music. Exploring the intersection of tragedy and triumph, Ace shares “Trials & Tribulations,” a new music video. His first new track since the release of his Step Harder mixtape, “Trials & Tribulations” is a nakedly emotional trap ballad that takes stock of the highs and lows of Ace’s life, from his rise to fame to his loss of his close friends: “I done made a million dollars doin’ different things/Therefore, don’t compare me cause I am not the same/People only come around for all the money and the fame/They all say I’m actin’ different they the ones who changed.”
Building on the themes of Ace’s “Blame It On The Streets” video, which dramatized the struggle of families dealing with the criminal justice system, the video for “Trials & Tribulations” is a visceral look at the life-and-death ramifications of street culture. Most of the action takes place in a hospital, where one man is fighting for his life after suffering gunshot wounds, and a woman is struggling through childbirth-as one life is lost, another enters the world to begin the cycle anew. Directed by Terrius Mykel, “Trials & Tribulations” is a product of Ace’s beyond-his-years wisdom, borne from enduring painful loss at the hands of the streets, and exhibits a glimmer of hope for future generations: if Ace can escape his terrible circumstances, so can others.
With a soaring drawl that can find the melodic heart of any instrumental, Ace unites all aspects of his persona on Step Harder, reconciling the troubled teenager of “Freestyle” with the ice-cold soldier evident in songs like “Top Killa,” and the devoted partner he plays in romantic ballads like “I’m In Love.” Released in November, the full-length boasts the buzzing single “Bad Bitch” (Remix), which features an appearance from Blac Youngsta, the video single “Bando,” which earned a cover feature and top placement on YouTube’s Clout Rising playlist, “Brand New,” with Stunna 4 Vegas and the emotional title track, which earned over 8 million views on its action-packed music video.
The 21-year-old rapper offered a behind-the-scenes look at his turbulent life and career in the Through The Pain documentary, directed by Adam Ben of Cinematic TV. Featuring additional appearances from Lil Durk, Boosie, Dej Loaf, and NoCap, Step Harder is available to purchase and stream on all platforms via Cinematic Music Group.