Parkfest 2016 hosts Future, Timeflies, Jeremih, and others
Article by KARISHMA PERSAUD
Photos by NAYRAM GASU
Students bolted across the State Quad field as gates opened to secure the closest spot they could to hip-hop artist and rapper artist Future. On Sunday, April 17, the University at Albany hosted the annual spring concert, Parkfest.
Hot 97’s DJ Young Chow kicked off 2016’s Parkfest by hyping students up until Future made his appearance, playing the oldest, newest, and hottest hits in hip-hop, R&B and rap. Leading up to Future’s performance as the final act; other rap, hip-hop, R&B and pop artists such as Pusha T, Jeremih, Timeflies, and Hippie Sabotage pumped up the crowd as well. To top it all off, Parkfest had the pleasure of having Terrence J, whom many know from “106 & Park” on BET, to host the entire event.
After Pusha T ended his performance with songs from his latest album, “Darkest before Dawn,” Jeremih stepped in with a boisterous welcome from the crowd. Famously known for his song “Birthday Sex,” Jeremih also performed his other hit songs such as “Oui,” “Don’t Tell ’Em,” and “Somebody” featuring Natalie La Rose, who made a surprise appearance. Ending his performance with songs from his latest album, “Late Nights” (2015), front row fans got lucky when they got to touch his hand as he walked out of the venue.
Following Jeremih, the musical duo Timeflies and Californian hip-hop brothers Hippie Sabotage continued the crowd’s hype to welcome Future’s big entrance. During the intermission before Future, security guards opened the gate that blocked the stage to let students leave because they couldn’t handle being cramped in the crowd any longer.
The wait for Future’s appearance became intense when more security guards appeared and had everyone who was backstage stay at a certain distance from the stage. Soon enough, a grey Ford van pulled up as close as possible to the stage and Future got out.
He performed “Racks,” “Turn on The Lights,” “Honest, and “Jumpman,” as well as other songs from his latest album, “EVOL.”
His performance lasted about a half hour and the event ended with a massive spray of red, white and blue confetti. Sure enough, everyone in the crowd found relief when they all scattered to leave afterwards.