Homecoming Brings Hip-Hop to Campus

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Virginia’s N.E.R.D put on a high energy concert for students at the fall homecoming concert in War Memorial Gym on November 6.  Photo by Nina Sasson/Foghorn
Virginia’s N.E.R.D put on a high energy concert for students at the fall homecoming concert in War Memorial Gym on November 6. Photo by Nina Sasson/Foghorn

Friday night’s concert in the War Memorial Gym featuring N.E.R.D and B.o.B. went off without a hitch. Both acts brought high energy into the crowd, and got students to their feet dancing, jumping, crowd surfing, and grinding till the house lights came back on.

Altanta native Bobby Ray, who on stage goes by the acronym B.o.B. opened the show with a high energy set featuring a full band playing tracks from his mix tape B.o.b. Vs Bobby Ray. After his set he gave an interview to the foghorn.

San Francisco Foghorn: How did you feel about the show tonight?

B.o.B.: It was a stellar show with a good crowd that made for a good show!

SFF: What does B.o.B. Stand for?

B.o.B.: B.o.B. Came to me three years ago and stood for different and pretty much any acronym I could thing of such as books over bullets or anything I could think of that was a party or political acronym.

SFF: How did it (B.o.B.) Come about then?

B.o.B.: Everybody used to call me Bobby Ray and I hated it so much and someone finally called me B.o.B. And that was it and I decided to go by that.

SFF: How did your career start out?

B.o.B.: I started rapping at 14 and I dedicated my life to rapping ever since. Between 14 and 15 recorded my first ep and ever since have been picking up instruments and since then it’s been a fairy tale Cinderella story.

SFF: So you’re 20 years old, do you have anything special planned for your 21st birthday coming up next week?

B.o.B.: Well nothing that I haven’t done already and to be honest I’ll probably be working.

Shortly after B.o.B.’s half hour set N.E.R.D Took to the stage playing tracks from their first three albums and a new song that got the entire crowd moving to the beat. Marijuana smoke could be seen and smelled rising to the ceiling as the drum beat to their track “Spaz” when suddenly a crowd surfer could be seen in the midst who singer Pharrel Williams yelled, “That’s how you enjoy an N.E.R.D. Show” followed by cheers of fans.

For the set’s climax with Star Trek signs in the air Williams blurted out the lyrics “all the girls standing in the line for the bathroom” to their track “Everyone Nose” that definitely made the concert well worth it.

The band also invited one lucky fan on stage telling the crowd, “She was singing every single word to every song” and then serenaded her to the track “She Wants to Move.”

For the finale, the band played a cover of the Snoop Dogg track “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” that had the gym popping their mouths to William’s accompaniment.

Outside the War Memorial Gym students gathered in clusters critiquing the show’s set list. Many said they felt it was a perfect N.E.R.D show.

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