To say that 2018 has been a rough year for Yungeen Ace would be a gross misrepresentation. After surviving a drive-by shooting that resulted in the deaths of his brother and two close friends, Ace was immediately incarcerated for a probation violation, which prevented him from properly grieving for his lost loved ones. Despite these unfortunate circumstances, the Florida native remains hopeful about his own future, and that his dream will not be deterred by any means. So how does one manage to remain so ambitious despite facing multiple hardships? Yungeen Ace recently sat down with Complex to detail his experiences.

"My whole life, it was hard," the rapper says. One look at Ace's upbringing reveals that he is accustomed to unfavorable conditions. Growing up with seven brothers with only their mother to care for them, he quickly realized he had to work hard to support his family. After seriously pursuing rap as a career last year, Ace released Life of Betrayal this past August, which serves as the culmination of his experiences—both good and bad.

Ace utilizes music as an outlet for expressing his feelings, and uses his platform to share his story and message. "I don't like talking to people. I don't want to go to counseling," he explains. "I'm not gonna want to say what I want to say. Music speaks for me. I got a message, and somebody gonna want to hear it. Somebody is gonna hear it."

Ace is looking to continue his run as he plans on releasing more music soon. "I'm gonna put my foot on everybody's neck," he says. "I'm gonna make them feel this, you feel me? They're gonna hear."

Check out the video above for the full interview with Yungeen Ace, and be sure pick up his Life of Betrayal project on iTunes.