Rapper Travis Scott headlined RamFest, VCU’s annual concert celebrating Homecoming week, on Nov. 10.
RamFest was hosted at the Altria Theater for the first time this year. The venue played the sold-out Homecoming concert, which featured opening acts DMV and 757-area rap artists, GoldLink and Masego.
Local FM station iPower 92.1’s radio personality Paris Nicole hosted the show and kept up the energy between artist sets. A radio DJ also helped hype up the crowd, which included a venue-wide rendition of the internet phenomenon “The Mannequin Challenge.”
Newport News-native Masego appeared on stage soon after with his live band. With his trademark “Trap House Jazz” sound, Masego not only rapped but played several instruments. While on stage, he played the saxophone and drummed much to the crowd’s delight.
In addition to performing his songs, “Girls That Dance,” “Throwin’ Shade,”“Love Be Like” and “Melanin Man,” he also did covers of classics like Floetry’s “Say Yes” and Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before I Let Go.”
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A mere 22-years old, Masego is a rising star who this year has been touring all over the world, including a Europe leg.
After Masego’s set, things turned wild when concertgoers rushed the pit section of the stage. The concert took a brief intermission when a piece of the floor was ripped off as a result of a moshpit made by fans.
When the show resumed, Washington D.C. rapper GoldLink performed a short, fiery and charged set 30 minute set. In light of this week’s election results, there were many anti-Donald Trump chants.
Much to the crowd’s delight, GoldLink dedicated a portion of his set to this initiative, bringing a poster of the President-Elect on stage and stomping over it. Throughout his set, he performed his songs “Spectrum,” “Hip-Hop,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the Masego-assisted “LateNight.”
After his set, the crowd grew antsy, pleading with “Where is Travis chants?” At about 10:45, the G.O.O.D Music rapper appeared onstage to a resounding applause from the crowd, proceeding to perform cuts from his brand new #1 album, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.”
Scott played songs like “Way Back,” “Sweet,” “Goosebumps” and “Pick Up the Phone.” He also performed cuts from past albums including “90210,” “Mamacita” and “Upper Echelon.”
Known for his high energy and mosh-pit style performances, Scott didn’t disappoint the audience and repeatedly performed in the crowd. When a fan jumped on stage, he proceeded to close the show with the concert-goer, playing his hit, “Antidote.”
Muktaru is a graduate student working on a Master’s of Teaching after earning an undergraduate degree in English and Political Science. In addition to writing for the CT, he also co-founds his own music and arts site, STROKES N RHYMES. Topic areas Muktaru enjoys covering include music, sports and pop culture.
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