The Welcome Week concert this year received a lot of attention when the appearance of hit artist Tyga was announced. He is relatively famous, with hits such as “Molly,” “Rack City” and “Make it Nasty,” and he is featured on many other hits with his labelmates on Young Money records.
When the time came for him to perform at Trinity, however, many people were not happy with the performance. Sophomore Nate Kizla, who attended the show, spoke on how he felt about the concert.
“He was something like thirty minutes late and then played for maybe another thirty. It wasn’t particularly good, to be honest,” Kizla said.
This thought was echoed by other students as well; sophomore Anusha Bradley noted that she wasn’t the only one who was disappointed, since the whole group of people that came with her felt the same way, despite their initial excitement.
“There were about ten of us that came together and he played for about thirty minutes and played maybe four songs that were actually his. All of us were kind of upset,” Bradley said.
While the show did not last as long as some students would have liked, not all feedback was negative. Kizla conceded that the show was not considered entirely bad.
“I mean, while he was on stage he was energetic and tried to engage the crowd. Not everyone was feeling it, but that’s not all his fault,” Kizla said.
Student Programming Board was in charge of hiring the performer, a process they described as easy. Chloe Phea, the member in charge of this process, gave several practical reasons for the choice.
“The process for hiring Tyga was relatively simple. We selected him because he was well within budget and because he is a well-liked artist on campus,” Phea said.
There are rumors around campus that Tyga was not being paid for his performance, but Phea says he was fully compensated for his time here at Trinity. Phea also said that she had no jurisdiction over the artists’ lateness, and from what she observed, students seemed to enjoy the performance.