Feb. 22nd through the 28th, will be homecoming week at Virginia Commonwealth University. The spring semester’s homecoming celebration revolves around the Ram’s 17-4 basketball team. Every year, students, alumni, and the Richmond community flock to the various events that will be going on.
The standout event during this week hands-down is the VCU homecoming concert. The concert this year will feature appearances from D.C. hip-hop artist, Chaz French; the reggae- fusion music group, “Magic!”; and Chicago musician, Chance the Rapper.
Chaz French has been creating a buzz in the hip-hop community throughout the district. His debut EP “Happy Belated” established Chaz French as an impressive upcoming artist, in the first step of an exciting career.
All members of “Magic!” are originally from the Toronto area. In June of 2014, the Canadian music group released their debut album, “Don’t Kill The Magic”, which peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200. “Rude” was the group’s debut single which released in October of 2013 and topped the charts in the United States. The lead singer, Nasri, has been a writer for other artists in the past; to include, ; Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me” from his 2012 album, Fortune.
Chance the Rapper is a talented vocalist/rapper from Chicago, Illinois with a unique sound that has began to grab the attention of audiences across the country. Chance mixes nostalgic lyrics and drug- related metaphors in an unorthodox, yet catchy manner. His second mixtape, Acid Rap, gained him substantial recognition as an upcoming artist and received positive reviews from music critics. The mixtape featured artists such as Twista and Childish Gambino. The mixtape was a hit, as it was downloaded over 800,000 times. “Juice” and “Wonderful Everyday” are standout songs of Chance’s that showcase his versatility as an artist.
Tickets to the homecoming concert for VCU students will be available at Breakpoint in the Student Commons for fifteen dollars, and twenty dollars for one guest. The general public can purchase tickets at the Siegel Center on VCU’s campus for thirty dollars. Doors will open at 6pm on Thursday, the 26th .