add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' );Marathon Monday Letdown: T-Pain's Underwhelming Performance - BANG.
John Sexton / Gavel Media

Marathon Monday Letdown: T-Pain's Underwhelming Performance

The days leading up to Marathon Monday were filled with anticipation. Along with many others, I was busy finalizing my outfit and playing T-Pain’s hits on repeat to get ready for the upcoming concert. Although many were disappointed by the choice of artist, I consistently defended T-Pain to my friends, assuring them that they knew more songs than they realized. T-Pain’s catalog ranges from classic ‘00s hip-hop hits such as “Bartender” and “Buy U a Drank” to recent pop hits such as “Been Like This”, a collaboration with Meghan Trainor. This accumulation of songs left me ecstatic for the upcoming performance.

On Monday at 9:30 a.m., students who persevered through the Robsham ticketing glitch and obtained tickets flocked into the Mod Lots, excited to see T-Pain perform the songs they grew up on. At 10:30 a.m., half an hour past the promised set time, T-Pain finally showed up on stage. Instead of starting his set with music, he began by questioning how students were awake so early in the morning, stating that he almost slept through the concert. His opening speech left students confused as to why they did not sleep through the concert as well. 

Transitioning into his music, I was let down by the choices on the set. Although he played his most popular songs, such as “Low” and “I’m Sprung,” the songs were only played for short clips that lasted about thirty seconds. He followed the clips by shifting into his newer discography and playing entire songs from his more recent albums. Loyal fans of T-Pain likely enjoyed the addition of newer songs; however, like other casual listeners, I was let down by the absence of entire songs. Wami Osikanlu (‘27) stated that “he went so far as to play songs he was not featured on, such as “Just Wanna Rock” by Lil Uzi Vert instead of his hits.”

Unable to engage the audience entirely, every moment of silence was filled with a large boom sound effect or a producer tag. The most well-received song was “All I Do is Win”; however, it did little to make up for the overall lack of excitement for his performance. The audience could largely be to blame for the overall experience, as many students around me were disengaged. This response was a drastic difference from the successful performance of T-Pain when he headlined Modstock in 2016 despite inclement weather conditions.

A memorable takeaway from the concert was T-Pain’s announcement of his 16-day sobriety. Although this accomplishment should be celebrated, the declaration seemed ironic when paired with the audience of drunk college students singing songs about alcohol use. 

Although the purpose of the concert was to keep students away from the race and constrict them safely within the campus, many students missed watching a large portion of the runners because the concert ran half an hour past the expected ending. I still respect and enjoy T-Pain as an artist; however, his performance on Marathon Monday was a letdown. 


+ posts