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Published on April 6th, 2018 | by Jerry Doby


Live Session: Emcee N.I.C.E. Brings Gospel Hip Hop to Mainstream Charts

There has always existed this tension between the Gospel world and Secular music styles. It hasn’t been about the content, but rather the presentation. So when a Gospel Hip Hop artist shoots to the top of not only Gospel but traditionally Secular charts, it’s quite the big deal. The success represents a well-deserved change in outlook, philosophically for laypersons as well as in business circles. It also represents a search for something other than the standard dreary fare…message-wise. Positive, upbeat and hysterical in person, Emcee N.I.C.E. seems to be illuminating a bridge between traditional and emerging mindsets in music. He and Gospel music luminary Fred Hammond dropped a collab this past March to prove my point!

The official line on Emcee N.I.C.E. is that:

His name as a performer was originally Novelist. Today, his acronym N.I.C.E. stands for Novelist Is Constantly Evolving. N.I.C.E.’s path has triumphantly led to the independent chart-topping success of his single “I Got Angels” and debut album on PRAISE – faith-fortified message music bonded with the street heat of urban pop’s hottest hits and, most importantly, powerful metaphorical lyrics kicked by a wise young brother who has lived, strived and studied that of which he speaks.

Taking his creative work to platforms outside of music, N.I.C.E. is an author as well as co-creator of the celebrated urban animated series “Da Jammies,” which is the first black animated music series for kids on Netflix.  N.I.C.E. knows no creative limits.



Emcee N.I.C.E. dropped by The Hype Magazine office in Los Angeles for a one-on-one to discuss his billboard success, Da Jammies taking flight with a star studded cast and more.

Keep up with Emcee N.I.C.E.


Twitter: @EmceeNICELA

Instagram: @emceenicela






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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.

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