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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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Big Sean rocks Cullen Hall for Homecoming weekend


Big Sean has been busy this quarter.

On top of a new management deal with Roc Nation, his new Adidas Metro Attitude hi-tops are in stores and four new singles off his sophomore album “Hall of Fame,” the Detroit-born rapper made his way to UH Nov. 7 to kick off Homecoming weekend with a concert presented by the Student Programming Board.

Who knew more than 1,000 Coogs shouting “I don’t give a f— about you” could be a beautiful thing?

A full-to-capacity crowd of 1,548 sang in unison with Big Sean as he performed his radio hit “I Don’t F— With You,” at the Cullen Performance Hall on Friday.

The G.O.O.D music signee, who has always been known for his “supa dupa flow” and clever punch lines, is still looking to break into the Tier One category of hip hop acts. At UH he was able to display some of his personality to the community.

He shifted from his popular songs like “Marvin and Chardonnay” and “My Last” to features with his G.O.O.D music counterparts and even threw in some mixtape verses for the hardcore fans.

But when he stepped off the stage, he made his biggest impression. Big Sean walked down the barrier for the VIP section and perched on a speaker, where he surprisingly wasn’t blinded by the flash of camera phones.

“It was crazy. I thought I was an actual rapper myself… He was right beside me. That was legit,” said supply chain management junior Ross Harrison. Harrison was so close to Big Sean when he left the stage that he’s probably in every selfie.

But for SPB President Isaiah Ross, bringing popular artists to UH can be more than a good opportunity to turn up. He said it allows for an outside perception shift and more community involvement.

“For the University of Houston, I think we’re finally starting to get put on the map as a Tier One University, and changing the college culture at our school and bringing more big artists like this will have people talking about our school,” Ross said.

But peripheral benefits aside, for the students who came to Cullen Performance Hall on Friday, the turn up was real.

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