Chart Topping Hits and Borderland Roots, Hip Hop Legend Emcee N.I.C.E. Honored in El Paso Museum of History Exhibition

Chart Topping Hits and Borderland Roots, Hip Hop Legend Emcee N.I.C.E. Honored in El Paso Museum of History Exhibition
Emcee N.I.C.E., the versatile artist and producer with a career spanning over three decades, is being celebrated in a year-long exhibition at the El Paso Museum of History. Titled “Musica Sin Fronteras: Twentieth Century to Now.”

El Paso, Texas – April 29, 2024 – The exhibition showcases Emcee N.I.C.E.’s significant contributions alongside other esteemed artists such as Khalid, Bobby Fuller, Juan Gabriel, Steve Crosno, The Mars Volta, Krystall Poppin, and many others who have left an indelible mark on the music industry. Born in Los Angeles and raised in El Paso, Emcee N.I.C.E. maintains a deep connection to his roots. “It’s an honor to be part of this exhibit because as a trailblazer, this is where it all began,” he shared, reflecting on his upbringing in the Northeast of the vibrant border city that shaped his artistic journey.

At the heart of the exhibition are Emcee N.I.C.E.’s accomplishments as a musician and producer. On display are his #1 Billboard Gospel Plaques, commemorating chart-topping hits like “I Got Angels.” Recorded at the iconic Beacon Hill Recording Studio in El Paso, the song’s accompanying music video captures the essence of the region, featuring scenes from El Paso and New Mexico. Directed by Sherwin Lau (Professor NMSU) and showcasing local talent, Executive Produced by Desiree Ramirez (of El Paso, TX). The video celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Southwest. Emcee N.I.C.E.’s musical legacy transcends his hometown roots. Also a billboard smashed vinyl record, “If  You Wanna Groove,”by  A Lighter Shade of Brown “ his first major label record release.

As a feature of the groundbreaking Latin rap group Lighter Shade of Brown, they made history as the first Latin rap artists to chart on the Billboard Top 200, R&B Top 50, and Rap Top 50 charts. His production work on 2Pac’s posthumous album “Better Dayz,” including the iconic track “Thugz Mansion,” and the Oscar Award winning film soundtrack “Crash” further solidified his influence in the industry.

Throughout his career, Emcee N.I.C.E. has shown a commitment to innovation and collaboration. As one half of the group KansasCali, he explored new musical territories, blending rap and R&B influences to create a distinctive sound. His production work on “Thugz Mansion (NY)” with NAS, J. Phoenix, and 2Pac received critical acclaim, topping the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart and selling over 3 million copies. In addition to his musical achievements, Emcee N.I.C.E. has made significant contributions to film and television, showcasing his versatility and range as an artist and actor across major networks like ABC, FOX, and Netflix.

Beyond his artistic endeavors, Emcee N.I.C.E. is a dedicated philanthropist and community leader. He co-founded God’s House of Hip Hop, the first Christian/Gospel rap station to win a Stellar Award, and has been honored for his humanitarian efforts with prestigious awards such as the Resolution from Senator Cesar Blanco of El Paso, the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, and an honorary doctorate in musical arts.

The exhibition at the El Paso Museum of History offers a comprehensive look at Emcee N.I.C.E.’s illustrious career and lasting impact on the music industry. Through artifacts, memorabilia, and multimedia presentations, visitors can immerse themselves in the world of this visionary artist and gain insight into his creative process and artistic vision.

According to the KTSM “The El Paso Museum of History is privileged to showcase the remarkable breadth of music, influence, and communities that have emerged from the Frontera music scene. This exhibition is a testament to the rich traditions and unique voices that define El Paso’s musical identity,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Erica Marin 

The exhibition featuring Emcee N.I.C.E. will be on display at the El Paso Museum of History through April 27, 2025. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum’s rich collection of artifacts and discover the diverse stories that shape our shared history.

About Emcee N.I.C.E.

Aulsondro “Novelist” Hamilton also known as Emcee N.I.C.E., a multi-platinum producer and Billboard chart-topping christian hip hop recording artist, is the curator of the award winning station God’s House of Hip Hop Radio powered by Dash Radio. In 6 years, Emcee N.I.C.E. took an emerging genre in CHH, Latin CHH and Gospel Rap and created mainstay in radio, becoming the first station on the Dash Radio platform to win a major award for radio along with being the first hip hop faith-based hip hop station to win the covered Stellar Award, Gospel’s most prestigious award. Emcee N.I.C.E. also won Internet Radio Host of the Year. N.I.C.E. is an active Voting Member of The Recording Academy | GRAMMY®, Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy, and the Gospel Music Association. As well as Number 1 Best Selling Author on Amazon. 2023 Emcee N.I.C.E., Canton Jones & Everett Drake released “Amen Right There” (Vibes) the debuted at #1 on iTunes. Emcee N.I.C.E. is a 2023 Recipient of the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognized by the 46th President of the United States Joe Biden. A 50 Years of Hip Hop Citation from New York Mayor Eric Adam, a Resolution for Cesar Blanco and recognition by Compton Mayor Emma Sharif. Received a Doctorate (Honoris Causa) and became the first Vice Chancellor from hip-hop of a University. 

Keep up with him on social media @emceenicela and his web at

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