Florida A&M University has decided to continue with its plans to celebrate homecoming, the most awaited event of the school year. After not having one last year due to COVID students are filled with excitement to see what the event-filled week will hold for them.
The hip-hop concert is one of the main events during homecoming week. FAMU has brought various artists to perform for homecomings, such as Gucci Mane and Kodak Black. There were many guesses as to whom the school would be bringing in this year, ranging from female rappers to R&B singers and duos.
The school chose Lil Baby and Moneybagg Yo as the artists for the hip-hop concert. There were mixed reviews following the announcement of the two artists coming to the hill. Some were looking forward to the concert.
“I’m ready. It’s about to get crazy,” Caleb Shelton, a FAMU student, said.
Some just hoped for a better artist. “I’m not disappointed in the artist; I just wanted some artists that we hadn’t experienced before,” AJ Reliford, another FAMU student, said, referring to homecoming 2019 when Lil Baby was the headlining artist at the hip-hop concert.
For other students, the issue is the price of the tickets. The general admission tickets are $65, and VIP floor seats are $100. Homecoming has events going on throughout the week and other artists coming into Tallahassee as well. Students are going to have to choose which artist they want to see.
“I’d rather spend my money on a No Cap ticket than Lil Baby and Money Bagg,” Sarah Womack, a senior at FAMU, said.
The concert put on by the school is usually much cheaper than the ones put on by the promotional teams in Tallahassee. For example, the tickets were priced at $25 in 2019 when Lil Baby first came to the hill, and in 2018 tickets started at $30 for Kodak Black and Gucci Mane.
“FAMU has to make money as well to cover the cost of the artist and the ticket price doesn’t even cover that,” Carrington Whigham, FAMU SGA President, said.
There are rumors that there is more to the lineup than the two artists, which is the reason behind the ticket pricing, but there has been no confirmation of this.
Homecoming will always be an experience, each one unique. For example, some students might have a problem with the concert ticket prices while some do not have a problem paying the price and are looking forward to the concert.