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Lil Yachty gives exciting performance for spring concert

by Christopher Suarez - Copy Editor
Tue, Apr 24th 2018 10:00 pm

A spring concert is supposed to be full of fun, excitement and good times. That is exactly what the concert did for everybody that attended. On April 19, The College at Brockport Student Government (BSG) held its annual spring concert in the SERC. This year’s performer was Lil Yachty, and he made sure Brockport had an amazing time. 

Lil Yachty is a 20-year-old rapper from Mableton, Georgia. The Atlanta rapper is known for his red braids, high use of Auto Tune, and for some, destroying the image of rap music. Hate him or love him, he has made a name for himself in the hip hop industry, continuously dropping hit after hit. 

His fame rose in 2016 when he dropped his debut album “Lil Boat.” The album had hits like “Minnesota” and “One night.” His career took off from there. He would then go on to be featured in famous hits “Broccoli” and “Ispy.” The rapper would also drop albums such as “Summer Songs 2,” “Teenage Emotions,” and his most recent album, “Lil Boat 2.” 

Despite the popularity of his music, people like Joe Budden and J Cole criticized the rapper,  claiming he is not able to rap and has no talent. In an interview with the complex show “Everyday Struggle,” Joe Budden attacked Lil Yachty for being “dismissive” and “arrogant.” Even with all of the negative criticism, the rapper has remained true to himself and is still having a big impact on the hip hop industry today.

Lil Yachty put all the negative criticism to the side and performed here for the students at the college. The doors first opened around 7:30 p.m. Despite this being a fun event, the college was ready for anything to happen. There were University Police officers, Brockport Police officers, administration and student workers present  to maintain security and order throughout the event. Students had to go through a metal detector, bag check and pat down to make sure that nobody was going to interfere with the evening’s festivities and everything would run smoothly and safely. 

The concert started with DJ Tygga Ty setting the tone, playing the latest hits and getting the crowd ready for Lil Yachty. He played everything from EDM to Hip Hop to make sure the audience was entertained. Once DJ Tygga Ty was done, Lil Yachty’s personal DJ came out to entertain the crowd. DJ Anthony set up his equipment and lit up the stage right away. Playing the latest hip hop songs, he got the crowd hyped up for the main event: Lil Yachty. 

The lights then went dark, and the DJ had everybody jumping up and down. Wearing a New York Giants hoodie, the rapper came out and had the crowd going crazy with the song “Ice Tray.” The song originally featured the group Migos, but the rapper killed the stage without them. He had the crowd jumping and the energy went from 0 to 100 in a matter of seconds. The students had the SERC shaking with energy, and the rapper fed off that. 

What usually distinguishes Lil Yachty’s performances from other rappers is the way he interacts with the crowd. All night long the rapper would call out for a mosh pit to break out. Students would push together and start jumping and pushing every time the beat dropped. Those students who did not want to be in the mosh pit would move to the sides and the back of the SERC. But those who were brave enough would go into the middle to participate in the pit. 

Along with mosh pits, Lil Yachty had the crowd entertained in other ways. The rapper brought about four or five cases of water bottles with him to the stage. At one point he grabbed a water bottle and started throwing water to the crowd every time the beat dropped. Then stuff really escalated when he started passing out water bottles to the crowd. 

Over 30 water bottles were thrown, and the rapper told the students to not throw the water until the beat dropped. Once the beat dropped, it was a total water fight. Students were throwing water everywhere, and the crowd loved it. Sophomore Michael Bobadilla was one of those students. 

“I was surprised when water was being thrown everywhere but I think it added an interesting aspect to the concert because the crowd reacted the way Yachty wanted them to,” Bobadilla said.

Water fights and mosh pits made the night epic for students here at the college. It was a good way for students to forget about their stressful college life and have fun for a couple of hours. Even for people that do not personally listen to his music, the concert had everybody jumping. 

“I felt like [Lil Yachty] put on amazing performance, considering the fact that I personally don’t know a lot of his music,” freshman Allan Nunez said. 

Thanks to the work put in by both BSG and Lil Yachty, that night was unforgettable for the many Brockport students who attended.

 

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