From the Lollapalooza stage to Olin Quad, Bradley’s Welcome Week brought the spirit of the 312 down south, and a little west to the 309. Students have never been as welcoming as they were last Sunday, when up and coming Chicago hip-hop artist, Chance the Rapper, headlined a crowd of screaming BU fans.
Josiah Williams kicked off the night encouraging the crowd to “let that music ride out” as he performed his latest hit, “Our Night Out.” Many students grooved alongside Williams as he gave way to an electrifying performance. He is truly a musician that exemplifies talent, and lights up a crowd, even in 95 degree heat.
Next to perform was Chancellor Warhol. This Nashville based hip-hop duo jumped the stage with excitement. Chancellor Warhol had a unique style, mixing Indie rock and modern classics such as M83’s and “Midnight City” with hip-hop. The chemistry between the two artists made for an amazing performance. Chancellor Warhol added to the atmosphere that Williams undeniably created.
As the temperature cooled and the sun set, fans were still heated with eagerness when Chance the Rapper ran out on stage. The 20 year old Chicago star proved his talent within minutes. He began his set with his hit, “Good Ass Intro,” and lived up to the name in every way. He performed brilliant hits from his latest album, Acid Rap, such as “Coco Butter Kisses,” “Juice” and “Everybody’s Something.” Chance’s presence was just as weird as it was intoxicating. His dance moves and eccentric beats are genius and is a great addition to the hip-hop movement on the rise.
With the hype around upcoming music, it is seldom that artists live up to the show that Chance the Rapper put on. Chance deserves all of the credit he has been given and is a live show you cannot miss. I encourage students with any interest in music to buy his latest album and watch the innovative direction rap music is heading in.
The night was truly a success. Bradley’s Brave Sounds Entertainment worked hard to pull this performance off. Senior Shane Bradley, a heavily involved member of the organization, said that he thought Chance was incredible.
“I feel great about it. Not only were there a lot of people at the show, but the people that came were there to get down and have fun,” Bradley said. “It’s hard to have a bad show with such a, dare I say, turnt up audience.”
As a senior, Bradley hopes that the university keeps valuing the importance of a healthy music scene.
“I’d like to think that our organization has revealed the inherent potential this university has to offer, and it’d be a shame to see it fizzle out once I leave,” Bradley said.
Bradley would like to personally thank everyone from his Brave Sounds family, the amazing performers and most of all, everyone who came out to the show.
After the welcome week jam, I’d say this university has a “chance” at one of the best years yet.
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