- Down Right - AceinChrist
Artist of the Month Award: MAY, 2017 goes to: AceinChrist
When we came across AceinChrist’s music we knew it was something special. The heartfelt lyrics and spiritual meaning behind the songs are powerful, provacative and meaningful. In a age in which most young aspiring Hip Hop artists have surrendered to the false pretensis of Hip Hop and speak about the flash and self destructive lifestyles it was a breath of fresh air to hear a young man speak about a positive, uplifting and inspiring message. It is for this reason we have selectd Aceinchrist as the NHH Artist of the Month for the Month of May. of the year 2017.
What is your background? tell us where you grew up and some information about your upbringing/experiences as a youth:
I was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL . It was hard growing up in my city, it was the Gangstas and Thugs Era not everybody has heard about this but this is what my city is most known for. Basically, there were these videos being made showing all the violence, guns, drugs, and money in my city. It became popular and everyone wanted to put on to be in these videos. I used to get jumped everyday, and when I say everyday I really mean EVERYDAY! I never wanted to be gangster or a thug as a child, but my environment gave me no choice, and before I knew it I bought a gun to protect myself it seemed like it was the only way to gain respect in my city and I started hanging out with all the older guys in my neighborhood I was about 11 or 12 at the time and I decided to leave all the younger kids alone, from that point all my friends were 17, 18, 20, even 30.
At what moment did you know that music was part of your life and what feelings did you have towards making an active impact with your music?
Music isn’t just a part of my life, music is my life. I started producing my own music from home in 4th grade with Acid Pro using the loop CD’s to make my own beats. I performed with my homeboy James at our 5th grade graduation ceremony, and from that moment I fell in love with the stage and I never turned back. For most of my music career I must admit there wasn’t much positivity in it but that was due to my upbringing that no child should ever have to go through. I had to learn the hard way that there was nothing to the lifestyle I was living the money, the jewelry, the girls none of it could truly satisfy me. During the three years I spent in the Florida Department of Corrections my eyes were opened and I realized that only God can satisfy you and be with you through it all. On October, 14 , 2015 I was baptized and committed not only my life, but my music to Christ. That was my transformaton from The Official Lil Ace to AceinChrist. Now my music has a story, the journey and experiences I went through and I’m sharing my story to encourage people that through it all the good and the bad, It Was All Apart of God’s Plan.
What artists inspired/influences you and if you could collaborate with any artist (alive or passed) who would it be and why?
To be honest to a certain extent all successful artist inspire me. When I see someone else being successful in a certain area it inspires me because I have the mentality that anything someone else can do I can do also. My dad always told me that noone can beat you at being you. So I respect the grind and hardwork people put in to get to where they are and it inspires me to keep going and just be me. Collaboration? uhm , right now I’m going to say Tasha Cobbs why because she has a beautiful voice and she is using her talent for the Glory of God and it takes committment and boldness to be different, and that says alot about her character.
What do you think about the current state of hip hop/mainstream music?
I think that alot of these hip hop artists who grew up in the Ghetto or still live there should do a better job of inspiring those that listen to them to better themeselves. It’s nothing wrong with letting people know where you came from and what you’ve been through but when you have the opportuninty to reach people I believe you should make the most out of it and help them overcome their enviroment rather than help them fall into it.
Currently, what projects do you have in the works that you are most excited about?
I’m most excited about my first album under my new name AceinChrist called “It Was All Apart of God’s Plan”. This album tells the story of my transformation from The Official Lil Ace to AceinChrist.
What are your short term career goals within the next 6-10 months?
Well working alongside the Award Winning Producer Moe Rock as a team I see myself in the lineup with the best the music industry has to offer 6 to 10 months from now, and I might get that collaboration with Tasha Cobbs by then.
What are your long term career goals within the next 2-5 years?
Within the next 2 to 5 years I plan on having a worldwide music ministry where I will travel and Inspire not just the youth but anyone willing to listen. I have a positive message in my music, and eventhough I am a Christian I’m not trying to force my beliefs on anyone I ‘m just sharing my story in hopes that they will see the sincerity in my story and give God a try, but whether they believe or not I just want to be someone to let people know that they can be more than their enviorment, you can overcome your situations if you just dare to be different.
If you had one song out of the catalogue you have created to show a person what song would it be and why?
That one song would have to be Down Right. I want to take a moment to thank my cousin Dyrell Brown who produced the beat for me, but Down Right is for anybody out there that has tried it there way, listened to someone who made false promises, or just are sick and tired of being sick and tired and they want something different, something better in their life. If that’s you Down Right is the song for you. And it’s the story of my life, I always thought I had it all Down Right until God showed me otherwise.
To the person who had never heard of you what is it about your music and story that you would tell them to entice them to be a supporter?
I would want to tell them to just take a moment and just listen to the words. Everything I say in my songs has a meaning and an experience to it, I’m literally giving you my life story in a song. Most importantly, everything I do is to the Glory of God.
If your music could be described in five words what would those five words be?
Real Music From Real Experiences
What do you bring to the game that is unique and different?
I bring me, like I said earlier my dad always told me noone can beat you at being you. I’m original, I’m telling my story, and noone else in the entire world can do that the way I can because everything i’m doing is natural, I’m just being myself.
To the aspiring artist who is considering a career as a musician what lessons or advice would you give them to inspire them or to uplift them in the journey?
I would want to say that dreams come true but you have to be willing to work hard nothing is given to you in this world. You must first believe 100% in yourself and just keep trying, no matter how many people try to discourage you just believe and have faith. And if you give it your all, and it’s meant to be it’ll happen.
What are your social media profiles and where can people purchase/download your music?
My Album is for sale at:
www.aceinchrist.com , as well as itunes, google play, and amazon.com
What are your final words you would like to say to people that you have left out?
I want to first thank God for blessing me with this opportunity, I want to thank my parents for all there support I wouldn’t be here today without them, and all my family and friends who supported me from day one you know who you are, and everybody else out there that supports my Music Career I love you all I wouldn’t be doing this interview today if it wasn’t for you. and last but not least, I have to give a shout out to Moe Rock and NowHipHop.com I’m looking forward to doing big things together as a team.