Inspired by his own The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performance his So Much Fun single “Hot” that featured Temple University’s Diamond Marching Band, partnered with Kevin Liles to host a contest. The rapper and the 300 Entertainment CEO joined together for the “Hot” Battle the Bands contest where they invited marching bands from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to give their best renditions the track on the TikTok social media platform.
Back in October 2019, and according to a report by WXTL News in Tallahassee, Florida A&M’s Marching 100 have taken home the prize. The news station shared that the 100 are looking forward to competing at the Honda Battle the Bands in Atlanta this weekend, as well, where they could possibly take home an additional $20K.
“We’re going to take this money and use it towards our band operations,” said Director Bands Dr. Shelby Chipman. “We will repair our uniforms, repair our instruments, band operations,
“If you’re a fan HBCU bands, you have to be a fan the Marching 100,” said third-year student Matthew James. The confident member the marching band added, . There’s no competition when it comes to the 100.”