LOS ANGELES — Ace Hood has a handful of unforgettable singles in his discography, but none bigger than "Bugatti," his aspirational ode to luxury rides.
The record, which was produced by Mike Will Made It and features Rick Ross and Future has been a staple on radio and in the clubs since it was first released in January. The infectious ode has kept sale registers ringing and has been certified gold by the RIAA, making it Ace's most successful single to date.
On Saturday, Cash Money CEO Bryan "Birdman" Williams invited MTV News to Chalice Recording Studio, so we can look on as he surprised Ace and presented him with his first-ever gold plaque commemorating sales of over 500,000 units. "Seeing this plaque just reminds me of where I came from and where I'm going. It just feels good man," Ace said after his label head presented him with the gift.
Birdman also invited Future, who arrived with Mike Will, neither had any idea that when they arrived at the studio that they would be greeted with a plaque or by our cameras. Future, who contributes the song's energetic hook, was taken back by Baby's gesture. "It takes your breath away sometimes when you look at things like this plaque and knowing where you come from," he said. "You start reminiscing about days when you were down and out."
Ace's mentor and We the Best label CEO DJ Khaled helped put the record together and Birdman told us that his plaque will be sent him, as well Rick Ross'. The track is driven by Ace's frantic rhyme pattern, Rozay's patented gruff, Mike WiLL's pounding beat and Future's raspy wail. "I woke up in a new Bugatti," he shouts after bragging on his lavish marijuana habits, foreign girlfriends and menacing gang of islanders.
It's all a recipe for a quality rap hit.
"We always knew the record was going to be big. We knew the record was going to be crazy, but when we actually dropped it, it was a bigger response than what we expected," Ace admitted. "I always wanna make it memorable, and I feel like we found a way to make this record memorable and make it special in the same token."