Students and locals packed into the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Oct. 12 for a sold out homecoming concert to see famous rap artists Meek Mill and 2 Chainz with special guest star Josh Baze.
“Meek Mill and 2 Chainz are hot in the rap game right now. For Old Dominion to have them as their homecoming performers, that’s awesome,” said senior Derek Milton. Robert Williams, better known as Meek Mill, opened the concert. As one of the core members of Maybach Music Group, he represented his label by playing several of their biggest hits such as “Bag of Money,” “MIA,” and “I’m a Boss.” Mills mentioned his new album “Dreams and Nightmares,” which will debut on Oct. 30 followed by shouting to the crowd, “Stay in school, get your education, and get your money!” He finished his performance with his new hit single “Young & Gettin’ it,” which will be featured on the Dreams and Nightmares album.
Up and coming rap artist Josh Baze made an appearance in the brief interlude between Mill and 2 Chainz performances. Baze is not yet attached to a major label, but the Brooklyn-born MC is touring with 2 Chainz and Meek Mill featuring his first official single, “We Made It.”
Tauheed Epps, now publicly known by his stage name 2 Chainz, began his performance with the current popular song “Mercy.” This song was a collaboration with other famous rap artists Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T that hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap, R&B and Hip-Hop Songs charts this year. As if sensing the crowd’s love of the single, 2 Chainz ran out on stage the moment his verses began in the song. The crowd went wild as he finished the song and shouted, “What’s up ODU!”
After playing some of his biggest hits such as “Turn Up,” “B’s on the Track,” and “Bands Will Make her Dance,” he talked about his new album B.O.A.T.S or “Based on a True Story,” which was released on Aug. 14. The album came in number one following its debut on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling over 147,000 copies in its first week. He concluded his performance with a mini mash-up of several of his songs from the album.
“I arrived a little late but I could hear everyone shouting from outside. So hyped,” said sophomore Malik Sheers.
Old Dominion has brought in top selling artists for the annual homecoming concerts in the past years. The 2010 homecoming concert featured Ke$ha and 3OH!3, who were and still are high selling pop artists.
Last year’s homecoming performances featured rap artists Jay Cole and Big Sean, which led to ODU being listed as number six on a top 10 list of the top homecomings in the country. This year’s show features two artists who have had multiple songs hit the top 10 in the U.S. Billboard 100.
With the many popular artists making their mark in Monarch memories, the community looks forward to what next year brings.
By: Ethan Shaw
Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor