The relatively weak hype for this year’s headliners did not stop hundreds of students from witnessing Lil Dicky and T-Pain dominate the stage at Art Attack XXXIII. Students sat right with their backs to the stage up to two hours before anyone took the stage. When Battle of the Bands winner The Hip-Hop Orchestra took the stage, the crowd stood up, and the party began.
After DJ Elz enticed the crowd, he introduced Lil Dicky, the Philadelphia rapper whose 2015 album Professional Rapper hit number 7 on the US 100, as well as number 1 on the rap, comedy and independent charts. He performed excerpts from that album as well as his mixtape So Hard released in 2013.
After a long wait, T-Pain danced his way on stage and performed a long medley of his mid-2000s hits, taking much of the crowd back to their grade school days. Afterward, T-Pain did the Running Man with Terrapin basketball players Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley, fresh from their appearance on Ellen, before performing more of the singer’s own songs and hit features.
Featured Photo Credit: Lil Dicky took time to speak to the crowd about his past relationships, 90s nostalgia and even gave hummus and tuna out to some members of the pit at Art Attack XXXIII in the Xfinity Center on May 6, 2016. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Reporter)
Jack Angelo is a senior broadcast journalism major and can be reached at JackMAngelo@gmail.com.