Generation NeXt 2011 Coverage

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There are a million and one unsigned artists in Hollywood. You can walk the streets and bump into a rapper, actor, fashion designer, singer, & model all in the same block (Sometimes it’s the same person). What makes an artist different? What sets them apart from the rest of the crab barrel? The want, and need, for change. The desire to step outside of the box, and give an audience something that they can not only remember, but apply to their everyday life. That is the goal of an artist, in my opinion. On Saturday night, the Generation NeXt 2011 event featured a host of real artists. It was a fantastic show of skill, as well as being a night everyone could enjoy.

The Celebrity Centre of Hollywood facilitates many artist thrown concerts a year. It is almost common to have 3 shows, just like this each month. It looked beautiful from the inside out. The staff did a great job at getting everything perfect. The band warmed up their instruments, and in no time, the night was underway. The event was put together by singer Paris Montgomery, a very talented, and admirable young man for putting together a show full of great rappers.

First up was Ty. He had the difficult mission of stating off the night, but handled it well. He went into his set very methodically, almost as if he had either, never performed before and rehearsed his brains out – or as if he had done this set a million times. Either way, his energy was a tad lower than the night called for. All in all though a good introduction to his artistry.

The night continued with rapper Leon, who came out like a roaring tornado of good music. He performed well with the band, and definitely had the lyrics to keep everyone’s attention. I particularly loved the acapella spit about his life. It’s an element that stood as a testament to his star quality. You could see a rapper doing that to a crowd of thousands and it being one of the highlights.

After Leon ended his set, a wave of teenage girls screamed and i knew it was time for JDrew to come to the stage. As we all know this kid rocks a crowd with the best. High energy, great songs, he has it all. JDrew had two artists rock the stage with him. The first was the Crown Holders. Seeing these two acts together was a treat. He also brought out singer AJ Wils, who was great. JDrew continues to impress me in his growth as a performer. Give this kid a year, and I bet he will be a top contender.

The night ended with a dope set from the maestro himself, Paris Montgomery. Paris is a very talented singer, with great stage awareness. The band played well with him, and also etched themselves in my mind as one of the highlights of the show.  The night ended gracefully with Paris bringing his peers on stage to thank them. Here at RapRise, this was the moment that made the night. Sure, we love a good rapper. We love all the elements of Hip Hop. We even appreciate the art form of singing, and know what it takes to survive, and strive for the best in that profession as well. But it was the sight of everyone on stage that truly reminded us why we do what we do. The feeling of community was apparent, and for that moment on, those artists on stage became a family. The importance of helping each other reach goals, milestones and dreams is something that is too often forgotten. Not on this night. This is why we exist. On this breezy night in Hollywood, we saw firsthand what it means to help each other “Rise”.

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  1. Brittany...
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    Hey, you stated in a much more direct way what I was trying to communicate, thanks, I will recommend your site to my friends.

  2. Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Nice pictures ur soo cutee<3

  3. Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    JDrew killed that performance !

  4. alondra...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    You rocked that stage! :)

  5. Teline...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    #EGO = Most Supported!!!!

  6. Jacky...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Yu were opps i mean are amazing on stage!!:) your soo hyped<3

  7. Sarah...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    looks like you went crazy on stage..can’t wait to see you on stage one day with a whole arena of people singing back your songs

  8. Araceli...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Permalink


  9. Mayra...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink


  10. Sophie...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink


  11. Sonia...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink


  12. Sandra...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I love JDrew

  13. Angelique...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    crown holders and jdrewww

  14. Kathy...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    so much talent in one place

  15. Dani...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    cant wait for jdrews new mixtape

  16. Lisa...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    jream is so cute

  17. Julia...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    we’re almost there jreamers!

  18. Jenni...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink


  19. Sarah...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    UK wants JDrew

  20. Genesis...
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    jream is a natural on stage

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