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Spring concert blows the roof off

By Erika Siebring
On March 26, 2017

   

The Rej3ctz member Blk Elviz sings to the crowd  Photo by Alex Nunley | The Mirror

   Spring Concert 2017 was something UNC’s University Program Council had been planning for awhile, going as far as offering discounted tickets as early as January. With DJ Machadellic and C-Los w/ S.F.A. opening, and Iamsu! and The Rej3ctz as headliners, UNC’s Bank of Colorado Arena got a hip-hop/electronic makeover Saturday night, with the music shaking the floor before the concert even started.

    DJ Mahcadellic insinuated the first wave of flashing lights and party music, lighting the arena with blue and gold. Reaching clear to the bleachers, anticipation for the rest of the night built as groups of students and community members gathered as close to the stage as possible to listen to “Your Girlfriend’s Favorite DJ.”

    Working from an orange laptop and an opaque white, light-up booth, the music elicited a club-like vibe, the beat piercing through everything in its wake. While the crowd barely filled up a quarter of the venue’s dance floor, DJ Mahcadellic kept the energy high, providing listeners with mashups of Rae Sremmurd’s “Come Get Her” and Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” Students formed their own mini circles of five to seven, dancing with each other as others crowded the barricade between them and the stage. Encouraging everyone to turn the concert into a “house party,” DJ Mahcadellic warmed the crowd up with remixes of old and new hits, like Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Akon’s “Smack That.”

    As more students trickled in, C-Los w/ S.F.A. urged everyone to get involved, to get up from their seats on the bleachers and closer to the stage. A larger group this time, including lead singers and “S.F.A” T-shirt-wearing backup dancers, the diamond-shaped light fixtures on the back on the stage flashed bright white, mirroring paparazzi cameras. Cutting and transitioning between pieces of music, at times the music stopped before the artists, allowing students to hear the vocals, uninterrupted. Below the light show, C-Los w/ S.F.A gave students a smooth, continuous piece; keeping the music and vocals together, the style didn’t feel broken. Dancing and jumping as one, the group not only plugged their newest album, but kept the crowd hyped for the main acts.

    The faint smell of weed filled the air and progressively got stronger as students took to UPC’s table of embossed water bottles and blow-up noisemakers, a timely intermission separating the openers from the headliners.

    Blk Elviz, a member of The Rej3ctz, described the hip-hop group’s style as “very freedom,” and could tell even before they got on stage that the energy was surely going to blow the roof off the building.

    “Oh, it’s epic,” Elviz said, referring to how it felt to play at UNC. “I haven’t performed yet, but it’s so much energy already here that I can feel it.” 

    As Blk Elviz and Bounc3 took the stage, the crowd’s excitement grew. The Rej3ctz upped the ante for the amount of jumping, dancing and physical enthusiasm shown at the concert, treating students to more popular favorites like DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What,” while mixing in TWRK’s “Spring Break”--on which The Rej3cts was featured--and Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Both Blk Elviz and Bounc3 took it upon themselves in interact more with the crowd, sprinkling water on students in time with the beat and appealing to all the ladies in the room. 

    After playing one of the group member’s solo projects, the group dedicated their song “Let Me Love You” to all the ladies, getting them cheering as loud as possible. However, once again upping the ante, both artists exclaimed how all the ladies were “on fleek,” inviting ten of them to come onto the stage and dance with them. Volunteers weren’t difficult to find, as the women stood in a line and partied, twerking to Lil Jon’s “Get Low” at the audience and dancing with the artists, giving the concert its best moment thus far.

    Blk Elviz also reaffirmed his name, swinging his pelvis with a very distinct swagger, before helping the women off the stage and Bounc3 teach everyone to move their hips in a sort of dance. Throwing back to their first single with an audience-accompanied chant of “Cat, Daddy” and “Daddy, Cat,” the artists took it upon themselves to get the concert-goers into a selfie-shot for their Snapchats.

    Another brief intermission came before most heavily-advertised part of the show, Iamsu!, as the feel of the room grew softer with OMI’s “Cheerleader.”

Iamsu!, referred to as simply Su, explained before his performance that his style is a mix of several different things.

    “I got a lot of energy,” Su said. “I like to have fun, I like to sing, I like to rap, it’s just cool stuff like that.”

    All of these aspects culminated together as Su not only naturally drew students that had retired to the bleachers, but playfully messed with the pitch on his microphone, ranging from a chipmunk-high voice to a comedically low voice. Following the trend of immediately winning the audience over, the rapper played Sage The Gemini’s “Gas Pedal”--a song in which he was featured--and sang his portion when it came on. From there, Su went on a journey through some tracks from his mixtapes, including “Famous” and “Shang Hai,” getting the crowd to pump their hands in the air and also acknowledging the ladies in the room.

    Foregoing the idea of performing on stage, the rapper spent most of his set standing on a ledge of the barricade in front of the crowd; enticing them to literally put their middle fingers up to block out the haters during his performance of “I Love My Squad,” once again UNC’s signature blue and gold flashed from the stage lights as Su not only announced his appreciation for everyone, but encouraged them to chase after their dreams.

    With that, the last wave of energy and excitement dwindled away as the lights of the arena clicked back on, blinding everyone left.

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