“What city you at big homie?” Rick Ross asks Meek Mill in the “Ima Boss” music video, and at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 his answer will be State College.
The Bryce Jordan Center announced that Live Nation is bringing hip hop all-stars Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale and special guest Machine Gun Kelly as part of The Maybach Music tour.
BJC Director of Sales and Marketing Bernie Punt said this is a new successful tour playing 21 shows across the country, including venues at three Big 10 universities, Penn State, Ohio State and University of Illinois.
Some members of Maybach music are returning to Penn State. Wale performed a free Student Programming Association concert at Alumni Hall last October and Rick Ross opened for Lil’ Wayne at the BJC in spring 2011.
Punt said Live Nation has brought major acts like Drake and Jay-Z in the past with much success.
Samantha Sheinberg (senior-environmental development) has seen all three performers in the past at venues like Summer Jam, a hip hop festival hosted by New York Radio Station Hot 97, and plans on seeing them at the BJC.
“Rick Ross is a very animated live performer because he is such a big dude,” Sheinberg said. “I don’t really know who Machine Gun Kelly is but he will probably get more popular just like how J.Cole did when he opened for Jay Z.”
Kevin Bearse said he is most excited to see Meek Mill.
“I grew up around Philadelphia and Meek [Mill] is one of my favorite rappers who is from there,” Bearse (junior-finance) said. “I’ve already seen him twice.”
He said all his friends will want to go to this show and he is looking forward to a “great concert.”
Sheinberg said she is not only excited about the concert, but is also happy to see the artists at a cheaper venue.
Punt said it is up to the student body to support the shows at the BJC and organizations like UPAC and SPA make ticket prices for national touring acts more affordable.
“I hope we can make students happy by the time they graduate from Penn State,” Punt said.
Students like Jessica Hirschberg (sophomore-public relations), who plans on seeing Ross with many of her friends, are happy about the variety of acts coming to Penn State this semester.
“I love how we get the opportunity to see these artists, its great to have everything here,” Hirschberg said.
A University Park Allocation Committee student discount presale for tickets will be available this Thursday from noon to 6pm at the HUB, BJC, Eisenhower Auditorium and Penn State Downtown Theatre.
Prices for tickets range from $29.75 to $69.75 and will be available to the public starting Friday at 10 a.m.