Rapper Yung Joc to headline bonfire concert

Hip-hop violinist Josh Vietti will also perform at the annual event.


Rapper Yung Joc performs on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Ross Mellman and Benjamin Paley

To kick off the start to the football season, FAU will throw its 10th annual bonfire tomorrow, featuring hip-hop artists old and new.

Famous for his 2006 single, “It’s Goin’ Down,” Yung Joc, real name Jasiel Amon Robinson, will headline the event. Joining him will be hip-hop violinist Josh Vietti, who appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and currently stars in an NFL commercial every week.

Assistant director of student activities Richard Mahler said, “We wanted an artist that can speak to the past while providing a hype performance to kick off the season. Yung Joc fit that mold perfectly.”

Program Board, a student-run organization sponsored by Student Government, put together the free event.

Attendees will hear from football captains as well, says the bonfire event page.

As for the building of the bonfire structure, FAU brought in artist Brennan Steele from New Orleans to help create its original design. Steele is known for his floats and bonfires ranging from giant alligators to massive burning robots.

Senior biological sciences major Rashiel Johnson said she’s excited to attend the event.

“He [Yung Joc] is from an older generation of rappers,” she said. “But when one of his songs plays on the radio, I recognize it immediately.”

While junior neuroscience major Stephanie Altidort said the rapper isn’t as popular anymore, she still plans on seeing him perform.

“He used to be well-known,” she said. “I still like his music, especially his hit song ‘It’s Goin’ Down.’”

Past bonfire artists include rap rock group Hollywood Undead, rock band All Time Low, and ska punk group Less Than Jake.

The event starts at 7 p.m. on the Boca campus Housing Lawn.

Ross Mellman is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].

Benjamin Paley is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @benpaley92.