Last week in Los Angeles, BMI sponsored and hosted the "Next Fresh Thing" show out at the infamous Viper Room on Sunset Boulevard. Rising young talent, Casey Veggies, was tapped to headline the show, which included other outstanding artists such as AllHipHop.com's Breeding Ground Artists Skeme [BGA], the new collective known as Jon MCXRO [BGA], and rapper Alkatraz from Glasses Malone's "Brown Division."
The crowd was a little "too cool" to get in to the music, but that didn't stop any of the artists from having fun and providing great music. Casey Veggies was definitely the star of the night, as he displayed a supremely polished performance which is surprising when you consider his very young age. Inglewood rapper Skeme showed his diversity and range, going from Hip-Hop to Club tracks. Skeme, being a featured AllHipHop.com Breeding Ground artist, is definitely an artist that you shouldn't sleep on.
Jon MCXRO (pronounced John McEnroe), a group formed from The Stereotypes production crew, brought the most fun and energy on the stage. The trick for this group is going to be translating that fun and energy from the stage to their recordings, but with established hitmakers in the group, that shouldn't be too much of an issue. Alkatraz is the true newcomer out of the bunch and had the always-difficult task of opening the show. The crowd was pretty much dead, even with the headliners, so you can imagine the difficulties that Alkatraz experienced. However, the young Inglewood artist, who's now aligned with Cash Money rapper Glasses Malone, did a standup job and has the potential to develop into a more seasoned artist.
AllHipHop.com caught up with the acts outside of L.A.'s Viper Room to get a few words on camera. Watch below for our exclusive interviews: