Hip-hop stars Karmin, Chance the Rapper to perform at WU

With Fall W.I.L.D. only two weeks away, organizers have announced two headliners they hope will live up to Buzzfeed recently ranking the event the eighth most insane college party in the country.

When hip-hop artists Karmin and Chance the Rapper perform at Fall W.I.L.D. on Oct. 11, pending final contracts being signed, they will be the center of the largest campus event of the semester and the most sustainable Walk In, Lay Down concert to date.

Although contracts are not yet finalized, executive officers of the Social Programming Board said the artists’ travel arrangements are booked and the performers are definitely coming to perform at Washington University. The announcement came at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“We thought that they would kind of bring an upbeat, pop-y type of feel to the concert, which I think students look for, and it also brings some songs that people already know,” junior Anna Eisenberg, SPB’s W.I.L.D. Co-chair, said. “We love that Chance the Rapper is kind of up and coming and… I think he’ll be well-received by a lot of students.”

Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan formed the duo Karmin in 2010 and broke onto the musical scene through their YouTube channel, which now has more than 1.3 million subscribers and 250 million views. Their single “Brokenhearted” peaked at No. 16 in the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum in the United States.

Chancelor Bennett, better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is a 20-year-old artist who has released two mixtapes in his career. The second, “Acid Rap,” has been downloaded more than 250,000 times.

This fall’s will be the first W.I.L.D. to be 100 percent compostable, following an allocation by Student Union Treasury earlier this month. SPB will choose student musicians to perform onstage to open W.I.L.D. in the next two weeks.

New to the W.I.L.D. weekend will be a performance by pop rock band Parachute at the clocktower on Oct. 10. The event will be sponsored by Starbucks.

“The goal is to kind of create a new tradition that extends beyond just like, you come for two hours and you listen to this one artist,” junior Emma Tyler, president of SPB, said.

The talent is expected to cost SPB about $75,000, while production costs are estimated at $80,000, according to treasurer Jacob Trunsky, a senior. Trunsky said that the organization is on track to meet its budget of $160,000 for each W.I.L.D.

Tyler said that SPB plans to continue to improve Walk In, Chow Down, an event held on the South 40 that will feature free food and other activities for students.

Apparel for W.I.L.D. will be sold in a more limited manner than in previous years, with sales occurring over a to-be-decided two-day period in the Danforth University Center. Tickets for W.I.L.D. for non-University students will go on sale Friday and will cost $35.

Student reaction to the announcement has been generally positive.

Junior Kenzie Alexander said she is excited for the concert after watching the promotional video SPB posted Wednesday to reveal the artists.

“It got me pumped up,” Alexander said. “I don’t know who Chance the Rapper is but from the reveal video it looked like it’s going to be a hit.”

Sophomore Aly Zabell hadn’t heard of either performer but said she is still looking forward to W.I.L.D.

“It’ll broaden my musical repertoire,” Zabell said. “I’m very excited for… what food they’re going to have.”

Other students were less enthusiastic about the performers, but said it will likely have little effect on attendance.

“Everyone’s going to show up—everyone shows up regardless,” senior Josh Lochner said. “I live like a five minute walk away so there’s no reason not to show up. The worst thing I ever did was go sober once, everyone’s so sloppy and disgusting.”

“It could be a good live show,” senior Joe Manavalal said. “I just think that 90 percent of people haven’t heard of the two.”

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