Vanderbilt University held it’s annual Rites of Spring Festival this weekend. The festival itself dates back to 1986 with past acts including The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Run DMC, Nappy Roots, Talib Kweli, N.E.R.D, T.I., Miguel and numerous other big names in music. Friday night, Vandi brought out many great artists and headliners T-Pain and Chance the Rapper.
Opening for T-Pain was EDM group aColorWar based out of Atlanta. The trio had amazing energy and vibed with the crowd. It was a great performance leading up to T-Pain.
T-Pain had an electrifying set, performing throwbacks in his discography as well as some of his best featured verses. There was not a single moment when there wasn’t anybody singing along. The singer/rapper didn’t stick to just his classics. Fans got a live show of some of his more recent singles. Pain just released his mixtape The Iron Way 2 weeks before this Vandi performance and showcased many songs off the project.
It’s no secret that T-Pain is a great producer, song-writer, all around artist, and a trend setter in music (shout out to the auto-tune rappers) but he dances too? Pain’s set was filled with mini choreographed moves as well some freestyles of his own.
The overall set was full of energy and interactive. So much so that the next act was even watching with the fans from the pit.
Chance the Rapper closed out the show and it couldn’t have been a more fitting end. The young MC has toured many college campuses and the crowd at Vandi was anxious for his performance. Fans even welcomed him to the stage with a happy birthday sing-a-long, as he was celebrating his birthday that weekend.
This was Chance’s 3rd performance to date in the Nashville area (excluding Bonaroo) and was easily the best yet. Despite his voice being half gone, the Chicago native was still able to move the crowd.
Chance performed fan favorites off his Acid Rap mixtape from 2013 including Juice, Cocoa Butter Kisses, Chain Smoker and more. Day 1 Chance fans even got to hear a little bit from his first mixtape 10 Day.
Chance didn’t come alone. As many know he’s been touring with his band mates and making music under the name “The Social Experiment”. He teased that their first project Surf is coming soon (despite an anticipated December release). The group performed their single “Sunday Candy” which is tearing up the internet with it’s new music video, and the crowd recited every word.
Chance also performed some unreleased music including (for lack of the track’s title) “Paradise” which he’s tested out at multiple shows.
The 22-year-old artist did 2 encores before leaving the Vandi stage.
If you missed this year’s Rites of Spring Festival, you missed a great one. Vanderbilt is known for bringing big names through the city, though so don’t miss your chance next year!