In April 2012, Hoodie released his independent album, “All American.” His biggest hits include “No Interruption” and “No Faith in Brooklyn (featuring Jhameel).”
According to Williams, both Lamar and Hoodie have toured across the country and received positive responses.
“They are known for their performances,” Williams said. “I didn’t want to put someone onstage who, even though they are popular, would be terrible live. I’ve researched both artists and have heard through word-of-mouth that they both do an awesome live show.”
Yasin, who has attended five Kendrick Lamar concerts, agrees with Williams.
“Kendrick is incredibly engaging and intense when he performs,” Yasin said, “The first time I saw him perform was one of the best rap concerts I’ve ever been to.”
Williams hopes that together, Lamar and Hoodie will create a great atmosphere for the homecoming crowd. Williams also believes that DJ Rhetorik will do a good job of getting the audience excited.
“DJ Rhetorik has toured with Kendrick Lamar in the past and knows what style to bring,” Williams said. “He has his own fan base and really knows how to get a crowd to their feet.”
Williams and Yasin agree Lamar could be the next big star in the rap world. A prodigy of rap legend Dr. Dre, Lamar may catapult to fame with the release of his debut studio album, “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” which is expected to be released on Oct. 22.
“From where he was last year to where he is this year — if he keeps on the same trajectory, he is going to be a superstar,” Yasin said.
Both Williams and Yasin believe students will regret not taking the opportunity to see the rapper before he hits the big time.
“I think a lot of people will be sorry they missed it when Kendrick’s new album drops,” Williams said.
Not everyone has to be a huge rap fan to enjoy the concert, according to Williams and Yasin.
“Between DJ Rhetorik, Hoodie, and Lamar, there is a little something for everyone,” Williams says.
In addition to excitement for the event turnout, Yasin is looking forward to seeing Lamar live again.