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IUP Homecoming 2018 with Playboi Carti, Rich the Kid, and Waka Flocka Flame

  • Kovalchick Complex 711 Pratt Drive Indiana, PA, 15705 United States (map)

STATIC presents Playboi Carti, Rich the Kid, and Waka Flocka Flame, live in concert, to kick-off IUP's Homecoming celebrations on Thursday, October 4, in the Kovalchick Complex. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Both I-Card and public tickets are still available. I-Card tickets can be purchased in person at the KCAC Box Office, and are $25 (plus a $2 KCAC facility fee). Tickets for the general public can be purchased in person at the KCAC Box Office or online, and are $50 (plus all applicable fees).

Where else can you see three headlining artists other than at IUP’s Homecoming Celebration! Better yet, where else can you see three headlining artists for only $25?

According to the artists’ biographies:

“Just a few years after edging into Atlanta’s hip-hop underground, Playboi Carti released his highly anticipated self-titled debut in April 2017. The tape debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200. His first release for Interscope Records and AWGE, Playboi Carti features “Magnolia” and “wokeuplikethis,” two chart-busting singles that embody the 22-year-old rapper’s deeply experimental but hook-heavy sound. Both tracks featured on the Billboard 100 and appeared on Spotify’s RapCaviar playlist, accolades that affirmed Playboi’s position as one of today’s biggest breakout hip-hop artists. He played to sold out crowds last summer on his debut headlining world tour, including festival appearances at Rolling Loud, Coachella, and the Forbes 30 Under 30, where he was selected as the 2017 Music Callout. Playboi released his first album Die Lit as a surprise release in May 2018 via AWGE/Interscope Records. Die Lit debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, and amassed over 60K in consumption units in its first week with over 82.1 million streams. The album garnered a great deal of critical acclaim, earning an 8.5 score and Best New Music nod from Pitchfork. SPIN praised the album for “broadcast[ing] a refreshing and well-developed aesthetic, one that feels like Carti’s specific achievement.” Meanwhile, Stereogum has hailed Die Lit as “a strange, exciting, physical record… It bursts with ideas and with personality, and it sets itself immediately apart.””

“As an early pillar of Atlanta's groundbreaking trap scene, Rich the Kid moved from early collaborations with Migos, Young Thug, and others to starting his own label. With a style very much in line with the dark, highly pressurized flows of other icons of Atlanta hip-hop, he released a non-stop string of mixtapes and singles. Born Dimitri Roger in New York City, he moved to Atlanta as a teenager. After his first mixtape, 2013's Been About the Benjamins, he joined forces with Migos. Rich released a multi-year, three-part mixtape called Streets on Lock. His solo follow-up, Feels Good to Be Rich, arrived in 2014. As his presence grew on the Atlanta scene, he recorded a single with Fetty Wap, the Zaytoven-produced “Keep It 100,” which amassed over two million streams. In 2016, Rich started his own label, Rich Forever Music, releasing no less than four mixtapes, including a pair of compilations highlighting Rich Forever artists. In early 2017, Rich signed to Interscope Records, all the while continuing to release mixtapes. A slew of singles arrived that year as well, including “New Freezer” with Kendrick Lamar. In 2018, he appeared on the Charlotte Devaney song '“Avocado,” later issuing his own single, “Plug Walk.” The singles appeared on his debut full-length, The World Is Yours, which arrived in March 2018. The album also featured appearances from Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and Quavo. Before the dust settled on his debut, Rich released new music in the form of the “Leave Me” single.”

“Born Juaquin James Malphurs, the global icon and rapper is more commonly known as Waka Flocka Flame. Waka is known for putting trap back on the map, dropping the first volume of his street classic Salute Me or Shoot Me that caught fire with songs, “We On The Way, “Dreads N Gold” and his breakout single “O Let’s Do it.” The mixtape’s buzz allowed Waka to release his proper debut Flockaveli, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 100. With many platinum signature hits including “No Hands” and “Wild Boy” there’s a high chance Waka’s music will be played at your party. With Flockaveli II, people can only come to expect the same energy that Waka always brings to the party. His epic touring and performance style are some of the reasons he’s earned the nickname “Turn Up God.” A style that translates into the EDM world, Waka also calls his second home now, he fell in the love with the genre during a tour in Europe a few years ago. “Music is like anger management,” he says. “It’s fun. You get to express yourself.”

For more information, check out the STATIC website and Twitter page.

Earlier Event: September 29
CANCELLED: Trip to Steeltown Paintball Park
Later Event: October 21
Fall Fest 2018