Rap artists to perform at O’Connell Center Feb. 27
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ‚ÄĒ Student Government Productions at the University of Florida will present rappers J. Cole and Chance the Rapper at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the O’Connell Center.
Students can¬†purchase tickets¬†at the O‚ÄôConnell Center Box Office located at Gate 1. Floor and Level 1 tickets are $30 each;¬†Level 2 and 3¬†tickets are $15 ¬†each. Students can purchase up to¬†four tickets¬†with a¬†Gator 1 card. The general public can purchase tickets at the same location, but prices are $10 higher for Level 1 and $5 higher for Levels 2 and 3. Tickets can be purchsaed at www.ticketmaster.com also, but additional fees may apply.
After being signed to Jay-Z‚Äôs Roc Nation label in 2009, J. Cole has paved his way through the rap industry and the mainstream music circuit, establishing himself as one of ¬†the most respected rap lyricists¬†of¬†his¬†time.¬†His two albums, “Cole ¬†World: The Sideline¬†Story” and “Born¬†Sinner,”¬†have each earned¬†the number¬†one spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
J. Cole¬†has received widespread recognition for his work including a Grammy nomination in 2012 for Best New Artist, Best Mixtape at the BET Hip¬†Hop Awards in 2011, as well ¬†as platinum-status¬† for his hit-single ‚ÄúWork Out.‚ÄĚ¬†¬†In January,¬†he released ¬†a label compilation mixtape ¬†titled “Revenge ¬†of¬†the Dreamers”¬†after signing a distribution¬†deal¬†with Interscope Records.
As¬†an independent¬†artist,¬†Chance The Rapper has¬† taken the rap industry¬†by storm and has been called one of ‚Äú10 ¬†New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For‚ÄĚ by¬†Complex Magazine.¬†His ¬†first¬†¬† mixtape,¬†”10¬†Day,” was featured¬†in¬†Forbes Magazine, ¬†leading ¬†him ¬†to be¬† the opening ¬†act of Childish Gambino‚Äôs¬†2012 national¬† tour. He has continued to breakthrough the industry¬†with¬†his ¬†second mixtape, “Acid ¬†Rap,”¬†which became certified platinum on Datpiff after being downloaded over 250,000 times and was nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.
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