Brookfest 2019 will not be a repeat of “Back to the Brook 2018,” not only because Undergraduate Student Government took a poll to avoid it, but the line-up is sure to have students running to the box office to buy their tickets. The openers are Aminè and Lil Skies and A$AP Ferg will be headlining the show.
Brookfest this year is going to be on Thursday, April 11 at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena. Students will pay $30 for floor seats or $15 for stand tickets. Outside guests will have to pay $20 for stand tickets.
A$AP Ferg was born as Darold Ferguson Jr. and hails from Harlem in New York. He originally pursued fashion and owned a boutique which printed shirts and logos for record labels. Eventually, he turned to music and became the second most famous member of A$AP Mob, following A$AP Rocky. Ferg’s album “Trap Lord” shows off his electricity and wit that has been evident since his debut on A$AP Rocky’s “Kissin’ Pink.” It is apparent that he has a lot of potential which will no doubt translate on stage when performing hits like “Shabba,” “Plain Jane” and “New Level.”
Aminè’s given name is Adam Daniel. He comes from Portland, Oregon. He went to Portland State University to study Marketing, but he would work on his music and plan his career at the same time. His debut album, “Good for you,” came after success from his hit, “Caroline,” which transported him from frustrated college student to hip-hop star.
His exaggerated expressions and wide smile are elements that can be expected to be seen on the Brookfest stage while fans enjoy songs like “Spice Girl,” “BLACKJACK” and “REEL IT IN.” Aminè’s music is enjoyable and is part of a rising sub-genre of rap that is centered on occasional silliness and enthusiasm. His approach has been compared by the New York Times to the likes of Chance the Rapper and Tyler, the Creator.
Lil Skies birth name is Kimetrius Foose. He grew up in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, which is considered an unlikely locale to breed an up-and-coming hip-hop artist. Music has always been in his life since his own father tried a career in hip-hop. Rolling Stone has compared his music style to that of Machine Gun Kelly and Lil Pump. His music blends teen angst with the cocky hip-hop attitude that many people relate to, making his music entertaining. His hits are “Red Roses,” “Nowadays” and “I Know You.” His mixtape “Life of a Dark Rose” has proved to be successful, it peaked at number 10 on Billboards top 200 for two weeks last year. He is also touring with Lil Pump starting in April according to Rolling Stone.
Although they all have very different approaches to their music, these artists will bring an energetic night of music for all to enjoy.