By Charles A. Turner Jr. | @ChuckTBeats
May 21, 2016 marked the return of Stanford University’s “Blackfest,” which focuses on showcasing African American music, art, and culture. “Blackfest” is a weeklong event that is hosted by Stanford University’s Black Student Union and concludes with a concert. In the past, “Blackfest” has had A-List musicians such as Kendrick Lamar & Future perform and this year they continued to bring top notch performers. This year’s concert featured headlining acts from some of Billboard’s top 100 artists such as Hip-Hop group Mullage, Hip-Hop super producer Metro Boomin, and Grammy nominated R&B singer Jeremih.
The concert was held at Stanford’s campus on Levin Field and opened up with performances from Stanford University’s student body and featured food, art and clothing vendors for concert attendants to patronize. Atlanta, Ga group Mullage, which consists of members B. Boi and B Town, performed their Billboard 100 hit “Trickin” as well as other songs for their set and were followed by music producer Metro Boomin. Metro kept the crowd energy high as he played some of his biggest hits such as “Blow a Bag” by Future & “Jumpman” by Drake & Future. He ended his set wishing success to the Stanford students and was followed by the final performer of “Blackfest,” Jeremih.
Jeremih started his set by performing some of his early hits such as “Down On Me” & Wale’s “The Body.” Halfway through his show he stopped to ask if there were any women in the audience who were celebrating a birthday and then brought those women on stage to sing his chart-topping debut single “Birthday Sex” for them. After escorting the women off stage he started performing material from his 2015 album “Late Nights.” Performing upbeat hits like “Impatient,” “Pass Dat,” & “Planes” before closing out with the Late Nights single “Don’t Tell ‘Em.” “Blackfest” 2016 was an entertaining and enlightening event that despite its name can be enjoyable for people of all ethnicities and cultures.