Photo by Giovanni Ortiz
By Giovanni Ortiz
One would call Brookfest 2016 “lit.”
For this semester’s concert, nationally-famed rapper Future and EDM music group Cash Cash performed on Wednesday night. The sold out show was held in Island Federal Credit Union arena, where it felt like half the student body was in attendance.
The high energy show featured great music (of course), jumping, sweaty bodies and loud, confused voices.
Even though half of the students did not know any of the words to half of the songs, the crowd still danced and leaped.
People on the floor, although highly annoyed by some of the behavior, were happy. People in the stands, although wished they were closer, were happy.
The show opened up with student performer JUS, who rapped some of his original beats and over some famous beats by Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
Being that it was his last semester, he thanked and gave shout out to his family and friends that supported him.
His set was a lot calmer and relaxing than the other two, with more head rocking than bodies jumping.
When Cash Cash performed, the crowd was ready to keep up with the fast paced music.
With geometric graphics and the lyrics with the backdrop of colorful clouds, Brookfest seemed fresh and interesting.
The duo did amazingly fun remixes of popular songs like “Hotline Bling” by Drake, “This Is How You Do It” by Montell Jordan and “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne.
They performed their originals including their hit, “Take Me Home.”
Between their performance and the headliner, Future’s DJ played some his own remixes to rap and hip-hop hits, warming up the concert-goers..
Once Future stepped on stage, there was a charge in the audience. Everyone immediately started screaming and cheering his name. It’s almost as if he was going to bless them with a new life.
He did just that. He rejuvenated their trap-souls.
Future, also known as Future Hendrix, is a rapper and a singer based in Atlanta. He is known as the fastest artist to have three number one albums on the Billboard 200. His last album featured The Weeknd and was premiered on DJ Khalid’s “We The Best” Radio debut. His collaboration album with Drake, “What A Time To Be Alive” earned Future a number one album. It was his third album of 2015. His music is distributed through Epic Records under Freebandz, which is his own record label, and A1 Records, which is distributed by E1 Music. He is known for he quick album releases and one of the most successful trap artists. He was nominated for BET’s Best New Artist and Best Male Artist. He won Best Mixtape in 2015 for “56 Nights” and Best Club Banger in 2014 for “Move That Dope” featuring Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino.
For his performance of “Jumpman,” a song off of his album with Drake, the trap-king brought two dancers on stage.
However, the audience died during certain songs– the songs that weren’t as famous as his songs like “Where Ya At” or “Stick Talk.”
Cash Cash was a lot better than what a lot of people expected them to be. They sprayed water on people, which was refreshing with everyone’s bodies sticking together, and played songs that everyone knew as well as their own.
Although Future took us to the trap house with videos of girls shaking their booties on the big display screen, some of his lesser known songs perplexed the excited and mostly intoxicated crowd.
The concert was overall entertaining and featured music that would suit the majority of campus.
Brookfest featured two sides of dance music: trap and EDM, which allowed the entire show to be entertaining.
Despite there being songs that people didn’t know from either artist, the crowd was hype. There were various levels of hype, but no one just stood there.
Everyone had fun at Brookfest, for the most part, and that’s all that matters.
Also, our school’s awesome energy earned us a Twitter shout out from Future.
Stony Brook University consistent energy…waaayy too much fun #FBG
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) April 14, 2016