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Wale hits Pavilion with Bang

CAT’s Spring Concert welcomes well-known Philadelphia artists

By Lori Vetrano
On May 1, 2012

  • Wale performed at the University’s Spring Concert last Saturday. KILLERBOOMBOX.COM
  • Chiddy Bang opened for Wale to get the crowd ready. BRILLIANTLYBLUNT.COM


Despite tickets being a mere $20 to see a respected Philadelphia hip-hop group and a well-known rap artist, only a small number of students filled up the space in front of the the Pavilion stage---with a few scattered on the bleachers---last Saturday.

Chiddy Bang is comprised of two members, Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin. Their music is mainly a fusion of hip-hop and alternative music, similar to bands such as Passion Pit and MGMT

Olubowale  Victor Akintimehin, or Wale, is a rapper hailing from Washington, D.C. who rose to fame in 2006. His debut album, "Attention Deficit," released in 2009, has sold over 200,000 copies. Both Chiddy Bang and Wale seemed to be pretty solid bets for the Spring Concert this year. 

"I didn't think we were going to get anyone good for the Spring Concert since we got Drake for Hoops Mania," junior Lien Trieu said. "But Wale and Chiddy Bang together is a decent option." 

However, not all students seemed to feel that way. Many students expressed unfamiliarity with the songs.

A student in attendance was overheard saying that although they had heard of Wale and Chiddy Bang, they weren't very familiar with the music.

The Pavilion doors opened at 7 p.m. and the small number of students standing in line entered quickly.  

Around 7:30 p.m.,  Villanova band that won CAT's charity donation contest opened first, playing their own songs and also a cover of "Dani California" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Overall, the audience showed support and admiration for their fellow students. 

Afterward, Chiddy Bang came on stage and performed, but despite their best efforts to pump up the crowd, everyone remained largely unenthused. They ended the set with their hit song, "Opposite of Adults," which sparked some energy among the students. A few audience members even crowd-surfed. 

After their performance, Wale's DJ came up to do some sound checks. Although he played some Top 40 hip-hop hits to get more audience members dancing, everyone was anxious for Wale to begin. Chiddy Bang tried to keep the crowd entertained, but chants of "Wale" ensued. 

About an hour later, around 10 p.m., Wale finally came out and performed his song "Legendary," followed by "Beautiful Bliss." However, by the time he had finally come out, nobody was excited anymore. 

He then performed a song titled "That Way," along with some other hits, but the audience remained somewhat uninterested.

The crowd began to disperse and quite a few students actually left the concert before it was over. 

"I mean, it was OK, it just started really late, and I had other plans," junior Samantha So said. 

Perhaps this concert wasn't the best way to end the last weekend before finals, but it also wasn't the worst. But now we all have both high hopes and expectations for Hoops Mania next semester. 

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