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When the doors opened at 6:30 p.m., the line of eager ticket-holders stretched from the area in front of the Ohio Room all the way to the Hadley Union Building fitness center.
The amount of students with talk of Kid Ink on their lips shouldn’t be surprising, though, when one considers the fact that all 700 tickets for the concert sold out in just three days.
Emeka Okolo (senior, biology), Contemporary Music chairman for The Entertainment Network, said that, even factoring in all of the positive feedback he’s heard about Kid Ink, the speed by which the tickets sold was a surprise.
“Nobody could’ve imagined the three day sellout we experienced,” Okolo said. “It’s a great feeling.”
Before Kid Ink took the stage, IUP’s own Caleb Joyce (senior, communications media), aka Dubby, performed.
Joyce, who also opened for B.o.B and Tyga at IUP’s 2012 Homecoming Concert, has been recording music for over eight year and performing for three.
Mariah Zur (senior, criminology) said that she has been looking forward to a concert like this for some time, going so far as to label herself as being “obsessed with Kid Ink.”
“I’ve been waiting for him to come to IUP,” Zur said.
Much like Zur, Malusi Kitchen (sophomore, communications media) said that, being a Kid Ink fan “since the beginning,” his expectations for the show were higher than they would be for any other performer.
“I’ve really seen him rise over the years, and I’m really excited to see him,” Kitchen said before the show began.
Not long after Joyce’s performance ended, Kid Ink stormed the stage to an eruption of cheers.
Opening with a combination of both hits from earlier in his career as well as mainstream singles such as “Money and the Power,” he took full advantage of the crowd’s energy.
With a hype man by his side, Kid Ink performed a handful of bass-heavy hits early on, bouncing up and down along with his fans to songs like “Bossin’ Up.”
Giving IUP a couple of shoutouts along the way, he doused the crowd with tracks from old mixtapes as well as his recent 2014 EP titled “My Own Lane.”
Traveling all the way from his home state of California, Kid Ink didn’t need much time to win over the Crimson Hawks fan base at the HUB.
“The concert’s just awesome,” Ryan Warner (junior, sports administration) said. “Kid Ink has been great with every song”
Cody Benjamin also contributed to writing this article.