Bringing Rap to B-Rap

Kappa Showkase brings different music genre to campus

by Published: Mar 29, 2012

The same event that brought you Wiz Khalifa in 2010 is now bring­ing Nipsey Hussle and Dusty Mcfly for its third annual show.

A pre­vi­ous Kappa Showkase, hosted by the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, had a great turnout with rap­per Wiz Khalifa. He played to a sold-out venue at Williams Auditorium.

“The con­cert was crazy,” Eric Andrews, Ferris State University senior in mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing and chair for the event, said. “Wiz Khalifa bought a Ferris State hoodie from the book­store and wore it on stage. People went nuts.”

This year’s per­former, Nipsey Hussle, is a rap­per from Los Angeles. He has worked with big name artists such as Drake, Snoop Dogg, Soulja Boy and Chamillionaire.

The other head­lin­ing act for the event is Dusty Mcfly, a Detroit artist who has per­formed with the likes of Mike Posner and Big Sean.

Other acts at this year’s show include D. Nice and B. Lewie from Western Michigan University and Pasha from Flint. D. Nice and B. Lewie have a free down­load avail­able of their sin­gle “Chill on Me” avail­able on band​camp​.com. The event is being hosted by Michigan State University’s Tim City.

“The con­cert was started in order to give stu­dents a time to relax and have a good time,” Andrews said. “There aren’t too many hip hop or R&B or rap con­certs in Big Rapids. We wanted to bring a dif­fer­ent genre to campus.”

Kappa Showkase ini­tially started as a tal­ent show for stu­dents, but is now head­lined by major artists in the indus­try, Andrews explained. This year it is more of a con­cert with a few open­ing acts.

“The event used to take place in Williams Auditorium, but the crowd got too big,” Andrews said. “Plus it’s the wrong style of atmos­phere for a concert.”

The Kappa Showkase takes place March 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Wink Arena. Tickets are $5 for Ferris stu­dents and $10 for all oth­ers and are avail­able at the Wink Arena Box Office. For more infor­ma­tion about the event, con­tact Andrews at andrewe3@ferris.edu.