May 2, 2018 at 9:30am

Hip-hop performer featured artist at "The Big Event"

Millikin University welcomed Grammy-winning rapper and hip-hop artist T-Pain to campus as part of the University Center Board's (UCB) The Big Event on May 1.

Hundreds of Millikin students, faculty and staff were treated to a high-energy performance from T-Pain in the Griswold Center who is known for singles including "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" and "Bartender," and for collaborations including "Low" with Flo Rida. The concert was sponsored by Millikin's University Center Board and Multicultural Student Council.

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The University Center Board institutes alternative and diverse social programs as well as co-curricular activities for the student body of Millikin University.

In a recent interview with the Herald & Review, Derrick Sosinski, UCB adviser and coordinator for the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, said, "Funding came from student fees, with the total budget for artist and setup between $60,000 and $80,000."

"I think it's a huge deal bringing someone from the 2000s era back here and having all those old-school songs that you get to jam out to on your playlist," said Bailey Hope, a sophomore music business major from Indianapolis, Ind., and UCB co-chair for music/The Big Event.

T-Pain

T-Pain has earned two Grammy Awards, alongside artists Kanye West and Jamie Foxx respectively. From 2006 to 2010, T-Pain was featured on more than 50 chart topping singles.

"Everybody knows who it is," said Nicholas Kemp, a senior health, fitness and recreation major from Tuscola, Ill. "That big name coming onto our small campus, it's something to be excited about."

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JaCarla Anderson, a sophomore communication major from Chicago was surprised to hear about T-Pain's appearance in Decatur, Ill.

"I'm pretty impressed," said Anderson. "I wouldn't expect such a small school to have that much pull and bring in someone as big as T-Pain."