10 Grand is a young rapper and songwriter; one of South Florida’s upcoming, buzzing MCs. Fresh on the scene, he has already shared the stage with Hip-hop superstars such as: Rick Ross, Plies, Yen Lucci, Kodak Black and Zoey Dollars. His first EP – Ambitionz Of A Husla is a critically acclaimed album.
Background and Early Life
Kenol Germain Philistin Jr., who performs as 10 Grand, was born on April 24, 1993 in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. He is the middle child of three. His father, who was a college professor in Haiti, passed when Kenol was only five years old. As a result, he was raised by his beloved single mother. At the age of six, 10 Grand emigrated to the United States with his mom and his older brother to pursue the American Dream.
Fast forward — hanging around the wrong crowd would eventually get 10 Grand in trouble with the law. 10 Grand spent a two year sentence in jail and was on house arrest for another two and half years. While in jail, he went into deep introspection and self-evaluation and became a man; he matured. He realized the streets was not for him.So he started to embarked on a new journey–making smarter choices and choosing better friends. Hence, he came out elevated and a wiser young man.
In 2014, 10 Grand started to take his music more seriously. He recorded a remix on Webbie and Boosie’s “Wipe Me Down” instrumental, which drew a lot of interest. That song made many young producers offer him an opportunity.
Billy Ocean, his childhood friend, was the first person to have unwavering faith in 10 Grand’s potential. He convinced his older brother to listen to a couple of songs 10 Grand had recorded. It turns out, Billy’s older brother who had just created a label, Perception Empire Ent., was very impressed with 10 Grand’s music. He offered him a deal immediately. 10 Grand wasted no time; he got in the studio and begin to work on his first EP – Ambitionz Of A Hustla Vol. 1. The EP is a 6 track masterpiece, which features Rich The Kid and one of Miami’s popular rappers K- Kutta.
While recording the EP, 10 Grand started to perform locally. In his first major debut, he got the opportunity to open for Rick Ross. He also shared stage opening up for the following — Plies, Yen Lucci, Zoey Dollaz, and Kodak Black. 10 Grand is currently in the studio working on first album, which he hopes to gain national attention.