Exclusive concert featuring local rapper

A concert was held on Friday, May 16, 2008, for middle school students in Galena Park ISD who had perfect attendance.  One of the highlights of the show was Baby Jay, a local teen rapper.    (Photo: Gina Larson)
May 16, 2008 5:57:59 PM PDT
Galena Park ISD middle school students earned their way to a free concert featuring positive teen recording hip-hop/rap artist Baby Jay and hip-hop mogul P. Diddy's group B5.All middle school students with perfect attendance during the second through fifth six-week grading periods were the honored guests at the Galena Park ISD stadium for the concert held Friday, May 16 at noon. The campus with the highest overall attendance was given the added bonus of inviting all of its students to the free concert.

The first group to take the stage was Myxx, a pair of performers out of Atlanta, and currently bringing their music to the world. Evonne and her sister Elizabeth come from a talented background of singers, artists and musicians.

The crowd lit up with the appearance of hometown hero Baby Jay. Baby Jay is a positive 17-year-old teen rapper who attends Galena Park High School. He has been rapping since the age of seven.

In August 2007, Baby Jay became one of the youngest voting members of the Recording Academy (also known as the Grammy's) from Texas. Bringing two generations of music together, Baby Jay is the student ambassador for International Education Foundation "Operation Respect" and makes special appearances/performances across the country with the organization combating bullying with Baby Jay's song "Don't Laugh at Me."

At the end of the show, Baby Jay was awarded a proclamation announcing May 16, 2008, to be Baby Jay Day in Houston, and he was presented with a key to the City of Houston for his contributions of promoting positive/clean hip-hop/rap to the youth of America and for his accomplishments including becoming one of the youngest voting members of the Grammys from Texas.

B5 headlined the show. The members of B5 range in age from 13 to 19 and the five brothers are touted as the perfect package. Their self-titled debut CD was a top 20 hit on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number seven on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart.

Their sophomore album, "Don't Talk, Just Listen," was released September 2007 on Diddy's Bad Boy Records. "It's still clean music but it has more of an edge," says Kelly, one of the singers.

B5 has performed at packed venues sharing the stage with major acts like 112, Mario, Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block, Bobby Valentino, Gladys Knight, Boyz II Men, Raven, Brian McKnight, Bow Wow, T-Pain, Marques Houston, Pretty Ricky, Aly & AJ, Soulja Boy and P. Diddy.

Making an appearance during the show was a pint-sized rapper who packs a serious punch. Seven-year-old Bentley Green is a force to be reckoned with! His lyrics run to the mild side, with references to wanting to buy new toys!

The concert is a joint venture between Galena Park ISD and Roland Entertainment to reward students with outstanding attendance and to help motivate students not to miss school. The concert was sponsored by GPISD, Roland Entertainment, United Community Credit Union and party 93.3FM.

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