As this spring semester comes to an end, stress seems to come into play among Montclair State University students. With final exams right around the corner and final assignments due, students are dealing with a heavy workload and have pressure to do their very best. The answer to stress is to have fun and attending hip-hop rapper Gucci Mane’s show may be the best way to do so.
Gucci Mane will be one of the few headliners at the Wellmont Theater on Thursday, April 19 as part of Campus Chaos: Graduation. New York hip-hop radio station Hot 97’s DJ Drewski and TT Torrez will be providing music and hosting the event respectively. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The Atlanta-native rapper – whose real name is Radric Delantic Davis – has been busy making music, most notably appearing on multiple tracks as a featured artist.
A couple of his recent hits include, “I Get The Bag” featuring Migos and “Both” featuring Drake. In addition, who could forget his 2016 collaboration with Rae Sremmurd titled, “Black Beatles.” Gucci Mane had a busy year in 2017 with the release of his two albums, “Mr. Davis” and “El Gato: The Human Glacier” as well as getting married to model Keyshia Ka’Oir.
Recently, Gucci Mane has been working on his next project: a mixtape collaboration with Migos and Lil Yachty titled, “Glacier Boyz,” which dropped April 13, just days before the show. The audience should expect to see him perform tracks off the mixtape.
Gucci Mane, also known as The Trap God, will be the fifth headline rapper to step onto the Wellmont Theater’s stage in 2018. The Montclair venue previously had artists Fetty Wap, Dave East, PnB Rock, and Jay Critch perform.
After finding out about the concert, undeclared junior Saed Mohammed was shocked.
“I can’t believe it,” Mohammed said. “He’s a big artist so for him to be coming to Montclair seems unreal.”
Mohammed said that he might go to the show.
@gucci1017 I’ll be seeing you perform at Montclair in April 😌👌🏽
— Amaris♈✨ (@Amaris_IAM) March 13, 2018
Interestingly, this concert is presented by Crazy Koala, a concert promotion company founded by Montclair State senior business marketing major Hassan Abdullah. Abdullah is the brains behind this concert and says he still cannot believe it is actually happening.
“It feels surreal that I made this, but [on] the morning of the show, reality will kick in and that is when I will believe it,” Abdullah said.
In order for this show to happen, Abdullah said he went through a lot of setbacks, as Gucci Mane wasn’t the artist he initially planned on bringing. However, he is glad it all worked out and is happy to bring an artist as recognizable as Gucci Mane to the local area.
This experience taught Abdullah that no one should ever be discouraged no matter how hard things get because hard work and positivity always triumphs, regardless of age.
“It is going to be a great atmosphere with a lot of energy,” Abdullah said.
After the show, Abdullah will drive to Wallingford, Connecticut where he has Gucci Mane headlining another show at the Oakdale Theatre on Friday, April 20.
Due to the close proximity between the Wellmont Theater and campus, this concert is convenient for Montclair State students to attend. The day of the show will be a memorable day for hip-hop fans, and there is no telling what will go down in the Wellmont Theater.
Ticket prices range from $34.50 – $99.50 and can be purchased via the Wellmont Theater website.
This article has been updated on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.