Maybach Music Group members perform at The Bob
Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 01:05
Students flooded the main floor of the Bob Carpenter Center Thursday night, chanting “Meek Mill,” “Maybach Music” and “rosay”—references to rappers Rick Ross and Meek Mill—before erupting into cheers as the two artists took the stage.
Ross, whose real name is William Roberts, and Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, performed their hit singles at the Cultural Programming Advisory Board’s spring concert. The rappers were surrounded by “hype men,” who engaged the crowd by leading chants, dancing and rapping along with Mill and Ross.
Sophomore Kevin Matarazzo says he attended the event to support Mill, who is from Philadelphia.
“To be honest, I just love him,” Matarazzo says. “Philadelphia represent.”
Sophomore Donald Ford says he had high expectations for the show.
“They are pretty popular artists,” Ford says. “We listen to them in the dorm all the time.”
The duo opened with the 2011 song “I’m a Boss” and played their other radio singles, including 2006’s “Hustlin’,” 2010’s “All I Do is Win” and 2011’s “House Party.”
Junior Andrew Warren says he thought the songs were outdated.
“I was expecting more current songs,” Warren says.
Middletown resident Ken Devitt, 21, a self-proclaimed “die-hard fan,” says he has been listening to Ross and Mill for years, before Mill reached mainstream popularity. Before the show, he said he was a fan of Mill’s older music but was not sure he would get to hear much of it.
“I guarantee he’s not going to play the songs that I want him to,” Devitt says. “He’ll play all his mainstream stuff because he just came up [to popularity].”
As the show progressed, Ross offered advice on being a student and following the path to success.
“Anything you want in life, it is going to be hard to get,” Ross says. “Remain humble, stay grounded.”
Junior Andy Walker says he enjoyed the way Ross introduced his songs.
“He would tell a short story about some aspect of his life and then all of the sudden the beat dropped and everyone got pretty crazy and the place went wild,” Walker says.
However, he says the reaction from the audience was too intense at times.
“It was pretty rowdy and sometimes it got a little out of control,” Walker says. “I saw a couple arguments in the crowd over people knocking into other people.”
Sophomore Ben Goldberg says he was surprised at times by the unruliness of the attendees.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Goldberg says. “I have never been to a concert like this.”