After an anticipated wait, Fairfield University Student Association (FUSA) announced its MainSTAGe spring concert headliner as 2 Chainz with special guest Kaliii on April 5. The announcement of 2 Chainz as the main performer has garnered mixed reactions from students.

(Graphic courtesy of @fusa47 Instagram)

Some students are hesitant to go to the concert this year because they don’t recognize the artist. 

“I wish it was an artist who my friends and I knew more about. I don’t listen to 2 Chainz regularly and buying tickets may not be worth it if I go and don’t recognize the songs,” said Caroline Hart ‘26. 

I’m a pretty big fan of 2 Chainz. No matter if you like his music or not, as a senior here, all three of the other spring concerts have proven to me that it’s going to bring the energy. It’s live music and that’s enjoyable enough. And we have the luxury of being able to just walk out of our dorms and go.

Fairfield University Student Max Berryman ‘24

Others, however, are excited about FUSA’s choice. 

“I’m a pretty big fan of 2 Chainz,” said Max Berryman ‘24. “No matter if you like his music or not, as a senior here, all three of the other spring concerts have proven to me that it’s going to bring the energy. It’s live music and that’s enjoyable enough. And we have the luxury of being able to just walk out of our dorms and go.”

Past Fairfield University spring concerts featured artists including Fetty Wap, Metro Boomin and Flo Rida. Hart noted that she did not attend the Metro Boomin concert last year for the same reason. 

2 Chainz is a one-time Grammy-winning artist who has been nominated six times, while Kaliii is most known for her song “Area Codes,” which went viral on TikTok last year. 

It appears that a significant amount of Fairfield students don’t know who 2 Chainz is. A Fizz user posted a poll asking users if they knew 2 Chainz discography, and 1,124 users replied no. 

This could be because a majority of his work includes features on other artists’ songs, such as “Mercy” by Kanye West, which was released in 2012, “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo, which was released in 2013 and “Beez in the Trap” by Nicki Minaj, which was released in 2012. 

2 Chainz’ most recent album was a collaboration album with Lil Wayne called “Welcome 2 Collegrove.” It was not well received in a majority of reviews, with Charles Lyon-Burnt of Slant calling it “a dramatically uneven concept album that demonstrates the rappers’ unwillingness to grow up.”

There’s a trend of artists who are not really relevant to the student body. Doing a student wide poll would be the best resolution, since it seems like this is a trend every year.

Fairfield University Student Sean Mclaughlin ‘24

While unfamiliarity with 2 Chainz has garnered concerns amongst students, others have expressed concerns regarding the price of tickets for MainSTAGe. 

One Fizz user commented, “2 Chainz isn’t that bad of an option considering, but I’m not paying $60 for that.”

The tickets are $55-65 and have increased in price from past years, when the spring concert was held in Bridgeport, Conn. 

In light of students’ complaints to FUSA via Fizz and other outlets, Katharine Gutkoski ‘26 said, “It is unnecessary to harass and attack FUSA over a choice they made that you don’t like.”

“It is one thing to talk about a problematic choice. However, this is not that. Just because you don’t like someone’s music does not mean that others do not. Easy fix to this problem: don’t go to the concert,” she continued.

And it seems that several students aren’t. This week, FUSA sent out an email with the headline, “Still Deciding?…” In the email, FUSA addressed the artist’s selection and the ticket pricing, saying, “While there are many factors that go into planning this event, one of the main ones is the budget. The FUSA Concert budget is derived from the General Fee that all undergraduate students pay, of which, FUSA receives a portion of.”

The email stated that they wanted to find an artist who aligns with “university values.” However, some students were puzzled by that remark.

“I don’t understand what that means. He has tons of music about sex compared to other famous artists now, and I wouldn’t say Metro Boomin and other past artists have really aligned with university values either,” said Kerissa Salsbury ‘26.

FUSA also added that they sent out a survey in Spring 2023 to get a better understanding of what students wanted to see for the concert. Although, it appears many students have overlooked this effort or were unaware. 

“There’s a trend of artists who are not really relevant to the student body,” said Sean Mclaughlin ‘24. “Doing a student wide poll would be the best resolution, since it seems like this is a trend every year.”

Overall, there have been mixed reviews regarding 2 Chainz as this year’s headliner. 

The upcoming concert will be held April 19 at the Leo D. Mahoney Arena.

By Liz Morin

English (Creative Writing) and Digital Journalism || Politics Minor

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