On May 1-3 I had the pleasure of attending the CityofDreamz Hip Hop/Indie Artist Showcase in CLEVELAND, OH hosted by Jazze Pha and other major names in the industry. The 3 day event, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Cleveland provided a very unique opportunity in that artist from Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Alyria, Toledo, Chicago, and even the A were able to not only meet some prominent people in the entertainment industry, but also network and even perform in front of them. Rappers, Producers, singers, and more were all able to showcase their talents in front of a Star Studded panel that included Jazze Pha
(CEO/Producer Sho-Nuff Records, Ciara, Big Boi,Nelly, Ludacris, T.I.), Shalik Berry
(Senior V.P Def Jam Records, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beanie Siegel, Freeway, Manny Fresh), Terrance Dudley
(Multi Platinum Grammy Producer "50 Cent Get Rich or Die Trying), Kern Brantley
(Platinum Producer, Music Director Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Ne Yo), Mike Lee
(Manager "Producer Deezle" Lollipop, Mrs Officer, Lil Wayne, "Bluetooth", No Air, Jordin Sparks/Chris Brown), Sean "Lyric" Matthews
(Songwriter/Producer, Brandy, Tierra Marie, Ray J), and Greg Williams (CEO/Switch ENT Multi-Platinum Producer, Neyo, Rich Boy, TLC, Boyz II Men).
This was a great opportunity for artist to network with each other as well. Following the Showcases we wer all invited to several clubs to cap off the days events with a few drinks, dances, and more netwotking in two clubs in Cleveland. Although a few performers were a little upset that they were not able to perform for the entire 6 mins the were promised, the all received some great exposure, accolades, and motivation to continue to work hard and "Follow their Dreamz" Big Shout out to Mike Lee for making this happen, J-Roc the producer who won the Producer Battle and joined Raphead immediatley afterward (check him out... his beats are Bangerz), Malaqua, Ten 27, and Boogz for coming thru all the way from Johnstown and hold'N Raphead
down ( They two received honorable mentions fro Jazze Pha and otherz) Money Tip Click (good luck the managing deal with Mike Lee) and others who turned this event into a success. Let's get it!!!!!