Just three weeks after being stabbed in downtown Pleasanton, Cameron "CamCam" Gipson had his shot at stardom on a national TV show.
"We were just relieved he recuperated really fast," said Gipson's mother, Corina Liscano. "It was just a blessing he was able to be on the show."
That show, 106 and Park, aired Wednesday on BET. It does a countdown of the latest hip hop and rap videos and features potential future stars in a three-way competition.
"They're just like VH1, but more hip, more up to date," Liscano explained. Like most shows of its kind, viewers get to call in and vote for the performer they liked best, and about 30 of Cameron's supporters gathered Wednesday afternoon at Round Table Pizza on Main Street, phones in hand, waiting for the show.
The local viewing was set up by CamCam's dad, Byron Gipson, who manages the 16-year-old rapper. Father and son were in New York for the show, leaving Liscano behind to run the local push. Just before the show was due to air, she went table to table checking that the teens had phones and were ready to vote.
"Does everybody know what to do when the show comes on?" Liscano asked members of the teenage crowd. She said CamCam has been working toward this day for years.
"Cameron has been doing music since he was 8," Liscano said. "He's 16, he doesn't use any curse words at all -- we just don't allow that."
Results of the voting weren't immediately available.