Recently, BTS Exclusive dropped their song and music video featuring Count It! Lock It! Drop It! It’s a great song with a great message. Make sure to give it a listen!
Kenneth Bonds Jr., owner of BTS Exclusive, was born on September 14th, 1973 in Detroit, MI. The third oldest of eight children, he moved with his family to Milan, TN, which is where he grew up. In 1992 he graduated from Milan High School and subsequently turned to the streets when he realized he had no patience for a job. Kenneth faced a drug charge and ended up in prison from 1994 to 1997. He started selling again after his release which landed him a second prison sentence from 1999 to 2000. After his second release from prison, he was given a chance at employment. He quit his job and returned to selling drugs, where he realized that he was addicted to the drug-selling life and the fast money it brought in.
On November 22nd, 2002 Kenneth was on his was to sell $400 worth of cocaine when he was pulled over by the police. He then swallowed the $400 of cocaine, which was 20 $20 rocks wrapped in four pieces of plastic. When he was sitting in his jail cell after his arrest, he had two back-to-back seizures followed by cardiac arrest. He credits the love, grace, and mercy of God for not having any mental, physical, or medical issues. Six months later, on May 31st, 2003, he was involved in a head-on car accident from a driver who was under the influence of drugs. When he was sitting in the hospital bed, face bloody and full of glass, he thought he was going to die; sitting there is when he had an epiphany.
While lying in bed thinking about his past near-death experiences, Kenneth listened to God. As a result, Kenneth became a motivational speaker and a gospel & educational rapper; he goes by the name KG1, which stands for Keep God First. One year later in June 2004, BTS was created and initially stood for Behind the Scenes but now is known as Broadcasting Teen Safety. Kenneth uses this platform to share his story and how his mess became his message.
Count It! Lock It! Drop It! Song
One day he was wearing his CLD t-shirt that was given to him by Mary and was approached by someone interested in knowing about the CLD message. After explaining, Kenneth was hit with the idea that he should name his song after CLD. He asked Mary if she could get in contact with someone to get the idea approved, which it was, and then the song was created. He wrote the lyrics based on facts he researched from looking online, pamphlets, and the CLD message. His group was interested in writing about opioids because they write about prevention, safety, and awareness.
Kenneth received a phone call from a friend who had just attended a staged car wreck at Milan High School; the car had messages on it regarding texting, drinking, and driving. Kenneth went up to the school to check it out and called the phone number that was being advertised on the car. He then was put in contact with Mary Duncan, Director of the Milan Prevention Coalition, who invited him to a mock crash and coalition meeting. He had the opportunity to play his music at the meeting, which was well-received. He was approached by Melesa Lassiter, the Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist for his area, who told him he should write a song about prescription drugs. He liked the idea but had no idea what to name the song or where to start.
About BTS Exclusive
BTS Exclusive, which stands for Broadcasting Teen Safety, consists of motivational speaking and performing live music which encourages the audience to not fall prey to the social ills that are destroying the lives of many teens in America today. BTS Exclusive’s target audience is junior high to college teens and focuses on the importance of prevention, safety, and awareness. They have written and produced songs that focus on issues, including the opioid epidemic, gun violence, impaired driving, texting and driving, seatbelt safety, smoking, as well as speaking out against deviant behavior in schools and their communities.
Their mission is to entertain today’s youth while informing and educating them about prevention, safety, awareness, and the social dangers they face. They hope to deter today’s youth from becoming a negative statistic due to poor decisions.
Thanks again to BTS Exclusive and the Milan Prevention Coalition!