On January 16, 2013, Ace Hood announced that his fourth studio album would be titled Trials & Tribulations. On February 19, 2013, it was announced that the album would be released on July 16, 2013. On April 7, 2013, during an interview on Power 99 Ace Hood explained the meaning of the title and why he displays so much passion in his music, saying: "I felt like for me to actually get people to support this Trials & Tribulations album, that's dropping July 16, like I needed them to understand what I've been through and really kind of visualize and see my trials and tribulations and understand where the passion come from, understand where the hunger come from." On June 13, 2013, the album cover was released. On June 26, 2013, the final track listing was revealed revealing guest appearances on the album from Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Brown, Future, Rick Ross, Betty Wright, Wiz Khalifa, T.I., French Montana, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled and Birdman.
Release And PromotionEdit
On January 10, 2013, Ace Hood released a mixtape titled Starvation 2 in promotion of the album. It featured 20 tracks and guest appearances from Plies, Meek Mill, French Montana, and Kevin Cossom among others. On March 8, 2013, the trailer for the album was released.
On January 29, 2013, the first single from the album "Bugatti" featuring Rick Ross and Future was released. The music video for "Bugatti" was directed by Gil Green and premiered on 106 & Park on February 6, 2013. DJ Khaled and Birdman make an appearance in the video. The song has peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Ace Hood's most successful single of his career. The song has sold over 500,000 copies and been certified Gold by the RIAA. On May 6, 2013 the "Bugatti" (Remix) was released featuring Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Future, DJ Khaled and Birdman. The remix would be included as a deluxe edition track on the album.
On June 5, 2013, the second single from the album "We Outchea" featuring Lil Wayne was released to iTunes. The song was solicited to rhythmic contemporary radio stations in the United States on June 25, 2013. On June 29, 2013, the music video was released for "We Outchea" featuring Lil Wayne.
The first promotional single from the album "I Need Your Love" featuring Trey Songz was released on October 16, 2012. On October 12, 2012, the music video was released for "I Need Your Love". The video features cameos from DJ Khaled, Birdman, Busta Rhymes,Meek Mill and Fat Joe. On April 5, 2013, the music video was released for "Have Mercy". The second promotional single "We Them Niggas" was released on June 26, 2013 along with the pre-order of the album on iTunes. On July 16, 2013, the music video was released for "Trials & Tribulations".
Upon its release Trials & Tribulations was met with generally favorable reviews from music critics. David Jeffries
of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars, saying "He sounds extra inspired when producer Sonny Digital pastes together gamelan orchestra chimes from Bali and a boom-bap backbeat from the golden age for the thrilling, hooky history lesson called "Before the Rollie," and when it comes to that Florida flash, "Bugatti" is blinding with Rick Ross and Future kicking the swagger into overdrive. The sequence of "Rider," "Hope," and "Pray for Me" makes for a long stretch of slow
and low, and while this isn't a giant leap forward or a stunning diversion from previous releases, Hood's on a roll and it's hard not to welcome the usual power and polish." Reed Jackson of XXL gave the album an L, saying "Regardless of its hiccups, though, Trials & Tribulations is a step forward for Ace. Although he’ll always be best known for tracks like “Hustle Hard” and “Bugatti”, it’ll be his more personal work that’ll separate him from the pack. Perhaps this will be the album that will finally put him in the limelight."
Remmie Fresh of AllHipHop gave the album an 8.5 out of 10, saying "If there are issues on Trials and Tribulations, its in the repetitive content, but its easy to overcome, particularly once fans curate the songs their way on iTunes. There are incessant bars about God, the struggle, the haters, the money and the pursuit of prosperity. Sonically, he’s got great beats with The Renegades, Cardiak, Sonny Digital, Ben Billions, Schife, StreetRunner, and Lee On The Beats. This is his fourth album so he’s no rookie anymore and it shows. Hopefully, the BET debacle doesn’t have the social media world too hard on the emerging talent known as Ace Hood as his wings begin to spread." Edwin Ortiz of HipHopDX gave the album two and a half stars out of five, saying "Ace Hood fails to deliver on Trials & Tribulations, and with four albums under his belt that have produced similar results, no rapper has arguably done so much and so little at the same time. Ace Hood has an irrefutable response for that, and it comes on the album’s title track, “Trials & Tribulations,” with the following, “Go ahead and count me out, you can talk behind my back / Don’t give a fuck about what you say, so you think my music wack / That ain’t what my banker said, couple million wired in.” He makes more money than us. Argument settled."
The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 37,000 copies in the United States.
3. Another Statistic
4. Before the Rollie (Feat. Meek Mill)
5. We Outchea (Feat. Lil Wayne)
6. We Them Niggas
7. The Come Up (Feat. Anthony Hamilton)
8. Rider (Feat. Chris Brown)
10. Pray For Me
11. Bugatti (Feat. Future & Rick Ross)
12. How I’m Raised
13. My Bible
14. Mama (feat. Betty Wright)
15. Bugatti Remix (Feat. Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Meek Mill, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Future, DJ Khaled & Birdman)
16. Fuck da World
17. Have Mercy