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Hip-hop artist wants help from young performers in South Mississippi

PHOTO COURTESY GENESIS BE 
 Rapper Genesis Be is one of many artists that will be perforing at the annual "Dreams and Legends" show April 7.
PHOTO COURTESY GENESIS BE Rapper Genesis Be is one of many artists that will be perforing at the annual "Dreams and Legends" show April 7.

Hip-hop artist Genesis Be will be returning to her hometown of Biloxi for an April 7 performance and she's looking for some local performers to help her out.

She will be selecting two Coast-area rappers between the ages of 13-18 to perform the original piece "Rapsody" with a full orchestra Saturday, April 7 at the annual "Dreams and Legends" concert at the Beau Rivage.

The show is the annual fundraiser for the WINGS Performing Arts Program at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

Genesis said she is looking for three things from her potential co-stars.

"I think delivery, personality and the ability to latch on to the rhythm are the things that are most important to me," she said.

She will be joining performers including WINGS Performing Arts, Bay High Steppers, the cast of Disney's High School Musical, Biloxi High School Sound Surge, Rockestra Revolution, the cast of Pinkalicious: the Musical, Gulfport High School Drumline, Chroreometry, Michael Myers, Barry Lyons and Andrew Sullivan.

Known as the "Gulf Coast Queen of Rap," Genesis first performed "Rapsody" at 15 as part of the "Dreams" production. She credits the performance as one that helped shape her career.

"This turn has taken me places in my life that I never imagined I would go as a young rapper growing up on the Gulf Coast," Genesis said. "I hope to share this opportunity with young hip-hop artists from the Coast and challenge them to use their individuality to create art that is different from what they hear on mainstream radio."

Although she now lives in Brooklyn, she said she will always call Biloxi home.

"I always get excited when I get to come home because I live so far away from my friends and family," Genesis said.

To enter the contest, go to genesisbe.com and click on the "Rapsody auditions" tab.

Tickets for the show are available at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center at lmdc.org.

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