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.


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 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."


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."