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Happy Little 500 everybody! It’s that wonderful time of year that every IU student has been looking forward to. Welcome Week? Child’s play. Halloween? A mere afterthought. Winter Break? Pssh. This is the week where one school and community causes so much mayhem, that police more or less let the students run the town. This year will be just as crazy, if not more crazy than years past.The bike race is sure to be great as usual, but the concerts are what drives this event.

For some reason, almost every undergrad enjoys terrible rap music, so that is what the majority of the Little 5 concerts will have this year. “Highlighting” the concert field this year will be a concert on Tuesday that features Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross. Somehow, I was tricked into purchasing a ticket to this show, so I will have to prepare myself for three hours of awful music, by having a few choice beverages. Other artists that will be performing in Bloomington are:

  • Gucci Mane, a rapper that has a tattoo of an ice cream cone that says “BRRR” on his face.
  • Glowfest which features a poor man’s Girl Talk, with Pretty Lights and Chiddy Bang performing.
  • Wiz Khalifa, who has been to Bloomington before and is a stoner’s wet dream while performing
  • State Radio, the only free concert of Little 500. This group was surprisingly good, but nowhere near the caliber of past artists.

Gucci Mane: This is seriously the best we can do?

This is why I hate my generation. The Union Board is sponsoring the Lil’ Wayne concert, and they booked him

because he is “what the students want.” Crappy music may be what the students want, but real music fans want real music. We have had some great artists play at IU over the years. You cannot convince me that John Mellencamp wouldn’t show up for Little 500 if he was asked to. We’ve had the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vampire Weekend, Wilco and other greats come here. I understand that students love rap music, but this is where the organizations sponsoring the shows should take action. Book socially conscious rappers such as Lupe Fiasco (who put on a great show two years ago,) Common, Talib Kweli or even Kid Cudi. These rappers are crowd pleasers as well as actual musicians. They don’t rap about guns, money or “hoes,” but offer actual messages and meaning in their songs.

Over the four years I have been here, there has been some terrible music played on Little 500 (Anybody remember Soulja Boy?) However, I have decided to not let the awful concerts ruin my good time. I will enjoy the atmosphere, the drunk people and the bike races. And I will enjoy all of this while listening to the Chili Peppers on my iPod.

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