“They say I got the makings of a dope emcee, the blood in my veins of a Hip Hop Queen…so I’m striving everyday to achieve my dreams!” This quote from TheSeKondElement’s “1:10 to San Diego.”
A journalist, poet, and emcee, TheSeKondElement (T2E), known to most by KAMMs or KAMMs TheACE, has been holding her own in the music and entertainment world since the age of 15 when she first began recording with indie label, Youth Movement Records (YMR).
Before leaving her Bay Area hometown to pursue higher education in New Orleans she was featured on three compilation albums under YMR and garnered success in California under the name KAMILyn, and even receiving radio play.
Her new life in New Orleans proved to be a rocky start for T2E: the infamous Hurricane Katrina displaced her only weeks after she began college. She spent a semester in Arkansas; never losing sight of her goals, she continued to write.
Back in New Orleans January 2006, TheSeKondElement’s priorities changed and her focus shifted over the next four years. Unable to forget her musical roots she continued to write sparingly, but with limited resources after Katrina and so far from home the recording opportunities did not come as frequently as she had hoped. Needing to fill the void, she learned new skills in the arts. A graphic-designer and accomplished photographer, she used these skills to successfully network her way into the post-Katrina, underground scene of New Orleans.
A top priority for T2E has always been community service and philanthropy, with a focus on the Sickle Cell community. In 2007 she founded IdleMindz Media & Entertainment Group (IMMEG), the mission: “foster positive community change through media and entertainment, with a primary focus on the Black and Sickle Cell communities.” IdleMindz hosted their first major event in October of 2008, a Red Carpet Benefit Concert, BLACKout!. It was there she met others involved in music who would help make her transition into the scene much smoother.
Since then she has been able to network with legends such as MC Lyte, Mia X, and Afrika Bambaataa and opened for acts like Curren$y, Jay Electronica, Dom Kennedy, 88 Keys, Kidz in the Hall, Mickey Factz, Chip the Ripper, and more.
On May 10, 2010, TheSeKondElement released her debut full-length solo LP, The Kommencement, which includes Hip Hop as well as Spoken Word.
The Kommencement has received praises far and wide from newly obtained fans that range in ages from 11-74. The first batch of the album was sold out in less than a month, a major feat for any indie artist. The album has received multiple award nominations including offBeat Magazine’s Rap/Hip Hop Album of the year alongside Curren$y & Juvenile, as well as a win for the NOLA Underground Hip Hop Awards’ Hottest Album.
TheSeKondElement’s debut LP is being considered a success, setting her apart from many other emcees, male or female. But her live show is what places her above the bar. Incorporating New Orleans drum major, Danovon Calhoun-Bettis, the duo’s show is captivating & attention retaining.
They have played all over the country in places such as Oakland, San Francisco, Miami, Baton Rouge, Nashville, Mississippi, Houston, & New Orleans, including the famed House of Blues.
Keeping her set fresh and the audience surprised, mixing raw Hip Hop with autobiographical Spoken Word, TheSeKondElement gains fans through each and every performance.
It’s evident, to those who’ve witnessed her star power, this is only the kommencement!
For more on T2E, including live footage & additional releases please visit: TeamT2E.com