TheSeKondElement

TheSeKondElement

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
BandHip HopSpoken Word

MC Lyte meets Drake; 1984 Classic Hip Hop meets 2013 Bay Area Lyrical Underground.

Biography

“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, lyricist, 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 received radio play. ??

Her new life in New Orleans proved to be a rocky start for KAMMs: 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 in the beginning of 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 KAMMs 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 change within the community 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!, held at the famed Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. It was there that she met others involved in music in the city who would help make her transition into the scene that 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, 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 timing & title is more than fitting. Commencement means a beginning or start. It is also a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred on graduating students. Dropping a year & 1 day after she received her degree from Xavier University, this truly is just the beginning for TheSeKondElement.

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.

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 Turntablist, Tony 5kratchere & New Orleans drum major, Danovon Bettis, the trio’s show is captivating and attention retaining.

They have played all over the country in places such as Oakland, San Francisco, Miami, Baton Rouge, Nashville, Mississippi, New Orleans and the list goes on.

Keeping her set fresh and the audience surprised she mixes raw Hip Hop with auto-biographical Spoken Word. TheSeKondElement gains fans through each and every performance.
For more on T2E, including live footage please visit: http://teamT2E.com

Discography

RAP: Rhythm And Poetry EP (2010)
Ms. Fantastic (Single)

Metrical Komposition (2010)
Who You Know? (Single)

The Kommencement LP (2010)
Can't You Hear It? (Single); Dead or Alive Feat. Lyrikill (Single)
Girls Clockin' (Single)

The Kommencement EP (2009);
Can't You Hear It? (Single); Dead or Alive Feat. Lyrikill (Single)

Set List

The show starts off with a solo from either Bettis or DJ EF Cuttin & leads into TheSeKondElement rapping over drums. We've also incorporated a bass, lead guitar, and saxophone during gigs.The usual sets are 15-25 minutes and length and contain both Spoken Word & Hip Hop.