Melvin Howell aka Ambush developed an interest in music while growing up in Long Island (New York), in the mid 80’s. Before becoming a vocalist, he played the Tenor Saxophone in his middle school band for a few years, until he became introduced to a new music genre called Hip Hop. He knew in his heart that he had found his musical style, when he first heard Erick B. & Rakim’s track ‘Paid In Full’.
After completing high school in Texas, Ambush joined the army in order to finance an own album. After a four year run and being stationed in The Netherlands, he was introduced to a young DJ in the early stages of his career, who needed an MC for a show one night. Since that first meeting, Ambush was born and he began to make his mark through Europe alongside Chuckie!
Ambush has an incredible talent for free-styling. As the years carried on his skills were enhanced, especially during live shows or sets, which made him stand out next to other artists. Noticing
his skills, Chuckie introduced him to some popular live bands in Holland with which Ambush toured the world, entertaining crowds of different ages, ethnicity, and gender. The bands 11travelled to a series of clubs and festivals across the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Tunesia, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Columbia and Spain.
Besides MC’ing at parties, Ambush also helped young talents with their Hip Hop skills, offering rap classes to the Dutch youth in Den Haag. In the course Ambush explained the elements of Hip Hop and helped with writing, recording and performing. After an 8 week course the students skills were showcased each year at The Hague Hip Hop festival.
These days you can most of the time find him next to AFROJACK on stage, as his MC he is now pursuing his dream as an entertainer. But you don’t have to take our word for, you can believe that of Ambush himself. Alongside being an entertainer in music he wrote a book during the pandemic and how that effected his life.
Check out the crazy story that is the life of Ambush in his book: I’m not finished yet