T-Pain parties with thousands at homecoming
By Marquita Brazier
Nappy Boy Entertainment recording artist T-Pain took the stage Oct. 6 for UNCP's Homecoming Concert. Close to 2,300 people filled the main gym in the Jones Athletic Complex Center, according to ACE Coordinator Jesse Dobbin.
“This is the biggest thing to hit UNCP since Facebook. If it goes well, hopefully, it won't be the last one,” junior PJ Siler said.
UNCP made history when T-Pain took the stage around 11 p.m. and made it clear that it wasn't a concert or a show, it's a party — a party indeed.
“I feel that T-Pain brought a lot of diversity to the campus. He touches other races and sets common ground,” freshman ACE member Eugene Douglass said.
The concert was the final event of this year's Homecoming week and the first of its kind.
“I was excited to see T-Pain. I've never seen him before and it's great for the University,” senior Kendra Washington said.
The Student Government Association Executive Board made the decision to host T-Pain.
“The Executive Board made the decision during the summer. I think it is a wonderful idea to bring someone that will attract students to campus. It's a scare to bring outsiders to campus. It's easier to control students than the actual public,” Freshman Senator Kelvin Barnes said.
In addition to SGA, the Association of Campus Entertainment also hosted the concert and assisted with campus police and security during the concert. SGA and ACE members were responsible for setting up the stage, equipment and promoting the concert.
“We promoted the concert at the football game. We also worked with the Foxy 99 and the public relations chair for ACE,” Barnes said.
Tickets for the concert were sold at the Givens Performing Arts Center. Students could purchase two tickets at the student rate, $15. Alumni could purchase tickets for $20 and guest tickets were sold for $25.
“The ticket sales speak for themselves and surpassed the ticket sales from the Juvenile concert last fall. We wanted to bring the students something they would enjoy,” SGA President Dwight Humphrey said.
Pembroke Idol winner Ferguson “JR” Maduako opened the show. UNCP SGA held a series of the Pembroke Idol contest to see which act would make it to the end. See related story page B4.
Following Maduako, Young Bosses performed. Young Bosses were the Pembroke Idol runner-ups.
Following the Pembroke Idol talent was the official opening act, Little Brother. Little Brother is a Hip-Hop duo from Durham. Their album is slated to be released later this month.
T-Pain performed several of his hits including, “I'm Sprung,” “I'm in Love with a Stripper,” “Imma Buy You a Drank,” “Bartender” and “Backseat Action.”
T-Pain also performed songs that he has appeared on including, “Good Life” by Kanye West, “Imma Flirt” by R. Kelly and a few bars of Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss," which he produced.
Even though the Homecoming Concert was something new this year, something from the past was missing.
The comedy show was missing.
“It's different not to have one. That's what made us original, by just having a comedy show. The comedy show could have been an alternative to the concert,” Junior Carine Francois said.
Last year comedian Arnez J performed.
“The concert took the place of the comedy show, which was an executive decision,” Barnes said.
T-pain's current album, Epiphany, is in stores now.
T-Pain's debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, hit the stores back in 2005. He had moderate success in the early 2000s with the rap group Nappy Headz.