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Kelsie Steele, better known by his growing fan base simply as Kels Acosta, was born in the boogie down Bronx to his single mother Diane. Acosta, which was his Puerto Rican Grandmother’s name, keeps Kels grounded with a strong family foundation. “My grandmother, who died from cancer when my mom was only 11, would have been the ultimate mother figure. Her spirit is with me every step of the way,” he insists.
When Kels was a young kid his mother decided to move the two of them to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to escape a world of trouble that would come for a young boy living in the big city. While in Pennsylvania, Kels would attend Milton Hershey School, a cost-free private coeducational home and school for children from low-income families, from the ages of 11-17. There, he would grow up with a stable yet unusual environment.
Being submerged with kids from all different races and walks of life would push him to become eclectic in how he viewed the world. “I credit my diverse background to the Milton Hershey School,” he said. “I took inspiration from everyone I met.” Living away from his mother and being immersed in a home with children from all over including places like New York, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, DC and even as far as Anchorage, has allowed Kels to push beyond the typical homegrown artist with one state of mind.
While living in Pennsylvania at a young age, he established a unique relationship with worldwide known rapper A$AP Rocky. Unknowing what the future held for either one, they've managed to pursue what they love most, music. "Growing up with Rakim made me realize that we all start from the same point, the bottom; and it's up to each one of us to determine our own destiny, because we're all destined for something." Kels states his music reflects the people and the inner city experiences he grew up with.
Looking for a purpose rather than a way to make money, he’s taken matters into his own hands to control his destiny. Kels is determined to bring some life and awareness back into the current state of Rap. Being observant of the trends in Hip Hop over the years, he’s watched this tiny rebellious culture grow into what is now considered the most popular genre of music. Still giving credit to artists such as DMX, Tupac, Method Man and Nas, who have come before him and inspired him to follow his dream Kels states “It’s the spirit of a man that controls his destiny, all those rappers I grew up listening to, they captivated the hearts of fans because of their spirit. Not so much their attire or gold chains or platinum grills.” Kels and Hip Hop share a connection beyond words and birthplaces.
Since reconnecting with his hometown of New York City over the last 10+ years, he's crossed a few things off of his life long list of goals. Graduating from Pace University with a B.A. in Management, traveling and or performing in countries across the world such as Belize, Mexico, Honduras and Canada are a few of them. Kels was also recently selected as a Top 5 Finalist for the 2013 "Sprite 16 Challenge" BET was hosting, which ultimately would have locked him in a spot to participate in "The Cypher" during the BET Hip Hop Awards. Kels crossed that off his bucket list as an accomplishment; yet not impressive enough in comparison to what he has in store for the future.
As a promoter in the Night Club Industry for half a decade, he's created opportunities and a life which most kids from ages 20-25 would dream of; meeting and networking with some of the biggest party-goers, artists and celebrities New York City has to offer. Combining those experiences with reality has created an explosion between beliefs, accomplishments, setbacks and musical progression. “Call of Death” his first single, is inspired by the everyday trials and tribulations that many listeners can relate too. The upcoming artist touches on the uncertainty that weighs on the minds of the youth. “There’s that inner voice that gives us strength and in most cases confidence to achieve the unthinkable,” he states. This Hip Hop new comer has a long way to go to prove his worthiness to the game but he is more than willing to earn his respect and eventually be placed in that category of legend. Stay tuned for more to come!