Gambian hiphop artist Killa Ace began his music career in the U.S. at the age of 12. Three years later he returned to The Gambia, releasing ‘In Fok Nyu Dem (We Must Go)’ in 2010, dealing with illegal migration to Europe. He then fled to Senegal with his family due to death threats from the notorious National Intelligence Agency.
Killa Ace: Know Your Rights!
His first album ‘Another Crystal Experiment’ (2013) dealt with his exile in Dakar and the fate of Gambians under former-President Yahya Jammeh.
At the time, Killa Ace described the album as a revolutionary action calling for a clear roadmap for the country. “Regime change without attitudinal change is meaningless, so there is need for youths to know their rights and responsibilities by holding the leaders accountable toward the betterment of the country.”
For four years (2012-2015) Killa Ace represented The Gambia at the International Festival of Hip-Hop and Urban Culture in Senegal’s capital Dakar. At the Purely Gambian Entertainment and Awards Night 2015 he was awarded ‘Best Hip-Hop Artist’.
In 2015, he released the single ‘Ku Boka C Geta G’, addressing oppression and corruption in The Gambia. The song was followed by his second album ‘Lyrical Revolution’ (2017). Recorded in Dakar, it received an amazing 30,000 plays on SoundCloud in less than 48 hours.
Killa Ace has also worked as a presenter on ‘The Cypher’ show at Afri-Radio, aimed at providing a positive outlet for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is the CEO of Straight From Jupiter Entertainment, promoting grassroots hip-hop with monthly open-air hip-hop-shows and rap battles. And of course, like all self-respecting rappers, Killa Ace has his own clothing line #FlightMode.