El Paso, Texas is full of incredible musicians, both born & raised musicians. When a musician sells a record, that's an accomplishment. But when an artist sells a MILLION records, that's a HUGE accomplishment. That's what it takes to get a platinum record in the music industry. And we have seen some very talented local musicians win a platinum record represent El Paso, Texas.

Emcee N.I.C.E was one of the first El Paso artists to score a platinum record

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While he was born in LA, the Christian Hip Hop artist, Aulsondro Hamilton, aka Emcee N.I.C.E., was raised in El Paso, Texas. He went to Travis Elementary as well as both Irvin High School & Austin High School.

He's known for having awards under his belt;

  • He was the co-producer of 2Pac's "Thugz Mansion" in 2002 which was included on the certified triple platinum record, Better Dayz. The song would also be included on Nas's album, God's Son as a collab between Nas and the late 2Pac.
  • 5 #1 records on the Billboard Charts in the fields of Gospel & Christian,
  • A Stellar Award, 7 Gospel Spin Awards, "Radio Man of the Year" in 2021,
  • & his songs have featured in multiple Hollywood movies. Including his version of "If I..." off the Academy Award winning film, Crash.

Definitely high marks indeed.

El Paso's Khalid has many platinum records to his name

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Without a doubt, Khalid is one of the biggest names representing El Paso since in the music world today. Khalid scored a platinum record with his 2017 debut album American Teen. The album has been certified not once, not twice, but 4 TIMES PLATINUM. Some of his singles: "Talk", "Better", & "Young Dumb & Broke" have been certified even more (5,6 & 9 times respectively)

Bonus note: American Teen was recorded at Beacon Hills Recording Studio in El Paso; Robert Macias & Orlando Gomez ALSO scored a platinum record for their help with recording Khalid's album.

Khalid scored ANOTHER platinum record with his 2019 record, Free Spirit, has been certified 2x Platinum.

Cigarettes After Sex is another El Paso artist with a platinum record

If the name, Cigarettes After Sex, sounds familiar, they should. They have a HUGE following on social media (and they've gotten a huge boost of love from a certain Breaking Bad star). They recently scored their very first platinum record; not with an album, but their single "Apocalypse".

The song was certified Gold on May 19th, but a day later...they posted the official announcement that it went platinum.

This is a great sign for El Paso musicians; with more & more artists becoming more popular, I can easily see more become platinum winners in the future.

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