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On the back of a local DJ turned producer named Distortion, Ace, Solja and J-Swift collided and began their musical journey together, just seven years prior to the success they share today. Hitting at the core of the pop-rap movement currently dominating music charts, the Nashville based trio offers an edge to the borrowed sound through their deep combinations of dance and street viable lyrics. The roots of the group lay in the common friendship they had in Distortion, who lived in the same neighborhood and supplied beats to all three members before they officially linked up. Cousins J-Swift and Ace were born and raised in Nashville, TN. Growing up under the influence of their older cousin Michael Steel, who was a professional producer; it was only natural that they would find their knack for rapping through his playful pushes to get them to freestyle. “Michael would challenge us and I started to feel that I was getting good,” explained J- Swift. “We began to take what we did for fun, seriously. I stated paying attention to other rappers like Pastor Troy, TI and Ice Cube for variety and style and I knew then that I had a gift,” Ace adds. Focused, J-Swift started familiarizing himself with the production software, Fruity Loops and agreed to team up with Ace as a group. Refusing to confine themselves to one sound, they created material over their cousin, Michael’s beats along with Distortion’s and some of their own. Although the twosome were energized, they found themselves quickly back at the drawing board. Solja had been rapping since he discovered he could skillfully put words together with precise delivery. He came to Nashville by way of Mississippi when his mother married and the family relocated for better opportunities. Thanks to a heavy influence from Lil Wayne’s The Carter I & II, Solja’s interests of being a rapper surfaced. His first efforts came about when he would frequent Distortion’s studio. What seemed like a lasting commitment and friendship dissolved between Distortion and Solja but only opened the door for his next move in the industry. Though Ace, J- Swift and Solja seen each other in the neighborhood, they only knew of each other through Distortion who had painted a negative picture of Solja to the others. They avoided each other until they found themselves in the same place at the same time and before they knew it they were in a rap group. Now three members strong, they went with the name AC3 and took direction and beats exclusively through Michael. Steel had also made it his business to groom the group and prepare them for the best and worst of the industry. “Mike Steel wouldn’t let us record our music until we knew our lyrics. He is the reason we are more stable and prepared to take on our goals,” Solja recalls. Taking a grassroots approach, AC3 began entering showcases and winning second place in one of them with their famed single, “OJ & Goose.” It led to a sizable amount of fan fair and contacts with DJs and producers throughout Nashville. The group also went on to provide a stage for other artists by throwing an annual showcase to bring more attention to their growing brand. Showing signs of longevity AC3 has distinguished themselves through their club oriented releases off of their mixtape Trio hosted by South Carolina’s DJ Lil Keem. Currently AC3 is working on an EP as well as putting together another showcase. “We are open to learning and doing what it takes to make it, but our goal is not to get famous. We want to be heard and create a platform for others to have the same opportunities.” - AC3


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