Concert performers are like buses: miss one; in the next 15 minutes there is one on deck to perform.
Southern rapper and CEO of So Icy Entertainment, Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis, will not be headlining this year’s annual homecoming concert. Instead, he will be replaced by rapper Plies.
With club bangers, “Freaky Gurl” and “Wasted” on his repertoire, Gucci Mane was the reason for some students attending the concert. “I think a lot of people were going just to see him,” said Britne Ford, 20, a third-year business administration student from Tallahassee.
According to concert promoter and disc jockey Willie “Will tha Thrill” McKenzie, Gucci Mane is unable to make the concert due to reasons beyond the university’s control. However, Plies filling-in as his replacement should not discourage concert-goers.
“Gucci was booked and paid to come. I got a call last week [from Gucci Mane’s lawyer] saying his court date had been pushed to the Monday after the show and the judge would have to approve him to leave the state [of Georgia],” McKenzie said.
Gucci Mane is no stranger to the federal court system. He was arrested on a charge of murder the day before his debut album, “Back to the Trap House” dropped in 2007. Most recently, he is due to appear in court for violating his probation.
Some students are not nearly as excited to see Plies as they were to see Gucci Mane. But McKenzie is confident the variation in headliners will not have an effect on the crowd turnout.
“I don’t think it’s going to decrease sales. [Both artists] produce the same caliber of fans. Fans of Gucci may not come, but Plies fans will,” McKenzie said. “It’s not like we’re moving from Beyonce to Jazmine Sullivan.”
The homecoming concert is one of the biggest and most anticipated events of all the homecoming festivities. Students from all surrounding universities, as well as locals, look forward to popular tunes from some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Past performers include Lil’ Wayne, T.I., Ace Hood and this year’s headliner, Plies. Some students feel since he made appearances at last year’s homecoming, it is a bit too soon to see him again.
“Everybody has seen Plies before, but he will do…he has more hot songs out right now,” said O’Neil Hall, 22, a fourth-year business administration student from Orlando.
As a representative of Double Trouble Entertainment, McKenzie is confident the concert will have a strong turnout and encourages all Rattlers to attend.
This year’s performers include Monica, Rappers Lil’ Webbie, Hurricane Chris and South Florida’s own, Ice Berg. Midget Mac, from the VH1 reality television show “I Love New York,”