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Lil Yachty announced for spring concert

by Nathan Barker - Staff Writer
Tue, Mar 27th 2018 09:20 pm

Brockport Student Government (BSG) announced on March 8 that Lil Yachty will be the hip hop/trap artist to perform at The College at Brockport’s spring concert on Thursday, April 19. The announcement came as a tweet; you may have also seen the bright red advertisements posted throughout the Seymour College Union. The concert will start at 8 p.m. in the SERC.

 A day after the announcement, Lil Yachty released his second studio album “Lil Boat 2,” which features songs like “66” and “she ready.” Lil Yachty is most known from his features on “ISpy” by KYLE and “Broccoli” by D.R.A.M, which peaked at number four and five respectively on Billboard Hot 100. 

BSG Activities Director Alexis Graesser explained the steps of the process that secured a show from the young rapper. 

“We work with a middle agent to give them our venue availability and our budget, then he comes back to us, sometimes with one artist, sometimes with two or three,” Graesser said.

Interestingly enough, the first artist that the middle agent came back with was denied by University Police before the decision could be finalized.

“Once we have a good idea of a few artists that we would like to put in a bid for, we have to get them approved through University Police and Kim Haynes, who is the director of Student Union and Activities,” Graesser explained. “One of the artists, who I won’t name, was not approved by University Police for some different reasons.”

That’s when Lil Yachty became available, and he was subsequently approved by University Police and Haynes. BSG promptly put in a bid, which is a written agreement for a performance. Two weeks later, Lil Yachty accepted the offer. Now BSG is in the negotiation process, when it can strike out things that go against college policy. 

“We’re waiting for them to send back a countersigned contract,” Graesser said. “So we go back and forth before we reach a mutual agreement.”

The decision to bring a hip hop artist to campus seems to reflect the interest of Brockport students. In spring 2016, the Fetty Wap concert had been sold out. Unfortunately, that audience never got to see Fetty perform; he claimed he was nursing his leg instead. Kesha, meanwhile, did not see the same success as Fetty. That may be partly due to the date change, which caused a large group of students to not attend, but overall, Brockport students respond more to hip hop artists than artists of other genres.

Despite students’ affinity for rap and hip hop, a poll conducted on The Stylus twitter shows that a majority are not interested in the concert. 61 percent of poll takers voted that “you wouldn’t find them” at the concert, while 21 percent voted they were “so excited” and 18 percent voted that “they’ll go.”

As of Monday, March 19, 184 tickets have been sold. 

“We tend to see a big burst of ticket sales the first few days, then it plateaus off,” Graesser explained. “Then the last week we see a huge spike in ticket sales, and then the last two days we see our most ticket sales.” 

You can purchase your tickets at the box office in Tower or online at brockportsg.universitytickets.com.

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