101.7 FM Presents
KISS Jam 11 featuring Ace Hood, K Michelle, August Alsina & CA$H OUT
500 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE, 19801
This event is all ages
KISS Jam 11
Join us for KISS 101.7 FM’s 11th Annual Jam! Get your tickets early to hear some of the biggest names in hip hop and R&B today.
Florida's heat has been radiating over hip-hop for many years. From the legendary "Uncle" Luke Campbell, Trick Daddy and Trina to DJ Khaled, Flo Rida, T-Pain, Rick Ross and Plies, the sunshine state has always produced hot music. The next artist to emerge from this sizzling climate is Ace Hood, and with an ace on the top of the deck, he is guaranteed to continue Florida's heat wave."I got the name Ace as a child. My family always thought that I would be the one who would succeed in whatever I did," he explains. "I feel like I'm an army in myself. I carry my own weight and since I represent for the hood, why not attach that to my name?"
Born Antoine McColister in Broward County, Florida, Ace knew he was destined for greatness. After an injury derailed his burgeoning football career, Ace turned to his true passion, rapping. At the age of 17, Ace teamed up with the Broward-County-based entertainment label, Dollaz & Dealz, to record the hit "M.O.E." ("Money Over Everything") which sparked an immediate buzz in South Florida. Ace began to perform and network which helped him gain exposure like never before. After fine-tuning his crafton local crowds, he set his sights on performing for DJ Khaled at his annual birthday bash.
"We was outside the radio station not even trying to get a deal, just hoping to perform at his birthday bash," he recalls. "We just figured we'd try and perform. He had a contest going on where you had to give a certain amount of reasons why you should perform at the birthday bash. So I was going to rap for him on camera and show him why I was worthy. Although he had to go to a meeting, he came out, looked at me and said I love his image. We handed him a CD and once we did that he listened to it and called my manager that night. He said I love his swag, I hear starvation in his music and I want to take a meeting with him."
That meeting turned into Ace becoming the first artist signed to DJ Khaled's label "We the Best" distributed by Def Jam Records. His hot new single "Cash Flow" featuring T-Pain and Rick Ross is currently blazing the radio waves everywhere. "Once I played the song for Rick Ross he loved it and he put his whole swag to it" explains Khaled. "The song was pretty much done but we felt to make it more of a hit record, get somebody like T-Pain who's running the game right now, on the hook to make it go that much further." The song is setting the stage for Ace's debut album, Gutta, with guest appearances from some of rap's elite including Trick Daddy, Flo Rida, Akon, Plies and production from Cool & Dre, The Runners, Danjahandz and J.U.S.T.C.E. League, Ace's deck is definitely stacked.
"This album is definitely gonna be a classic," Ace says confidently. "People are expecting a lot out of me not only because I'm on Khaled's label, but because everyone knows that the ace is ranked as the highest."
With an ace up your sleeve, how can you go wrong?
Anyone whose had the pleasure of knowing singer, business woman, songwriter pianist, reality television star and Memphis native, K. Michelle since her childhood is aware that she was destined to be the woman she is today. Gymnastic, swimming and piano courses kept her inquisitive spirit busy until age nine, when the time arrived for her to begin vocal lessons with renowned children’s vocal coach Bob Westbrook (Justin Timberlake, Brittany Spears etc). A lifelong affinity for country music (The Judds are a personal favorite), lead to Michelle earning a scholarship to Florida A&M for yodeling. With Michelle’s second and final season of L&HHA’s beginning this spring, it couldn’t be a more fitting time for the release of her debut album, Rebellious Soul. For the millions of fans who have watched the no-nonsense cutie fight for what she feels is right on television every week, her album title is most apropos. “I’m a rebel, a firecracker,” she tells. “I do what I want to do. My music is like that as well. I rebel against anything that society tries to use to keep us boxed in––racism, judgment, anything that makes you feel inferior as a woman.” The result is what she describes as an “old-school” but “aggressive and urgent” music feel. Expect the guest list of vocalists to include Elle Varner and Michelle’s mentor R. Kelly, who will also embrace some maestro duties. After years of professional and personal lows but mostly highs, it’s time for the once diamond in the rough to be recognized for the true gem that she is. The stars are aligning for Tennessee’s daughter, and she couldn’t be more pleased. “I’m really at a point in my life where I wanna work on myself and just be happy,” she says. “I don’t want any drama. I just want to create that music that makes you feel so so good.”
With his buzz building, August's next stamp would come from media giant MTV, as he was named one of 2013's Fab 5, their annual list of hip-hop artist to watch. Exposure on the network helped to make his independent video "Downtown," featuring Kidd Kidd, a viral hit, generating nearly 1 million views in less than 2 months. The autobiographical song/visual would become the title track for Alsina's first official NNTME/Radio Killa/Def Jam release, an 8-song EP titled "Downtown: Life Under the Gun," which offers collaborations between Alsina and the previously mentioned Jame$ and Kidd Kidd, along with NOLA veteran Curren$y and Atlanta newcomer Rich Homie Quan. Of the EP, Alsina says, "It allows you to walk through my hood with me and see where I'm from. Don't get it confused, this isn't my album, just a few songs to let people know what I'm about and why I do this."
While just 21 years old, and already a lifetime of experiences behind him, August is living proof that your past doesn't have to dictate your future, and that life's hardships can be the motivation required for success.
He initially signed to the independent record label Bases Loaded and released the single "Cashin' Out", which later appeared on his debut mixtape, titled It's My Time. After Epic Records label head L.A. Reid heard "Cashin' Out", he requested a meeting with Gibson to ask him to sign to the label: Gibson performed a song titled "Smilin' In My Face" during the interview, which convinced Reid to sign him to Epic.
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