T-Pain headlines sold-out OwlFest

Over 2,000 students welcomed the rapper to FAU for the second time in three years.


Headliner T-Pain took the Student Union auditorium stage at 10 p.m. Joshua Giron | Staff Photographer

Elyscia Saint-Hilaire, Contributing Writer

Students were treated to another Homecoming week appearance of Florida native T-Pain, as he returned to FAU Friday night to headline OwlFest.

The rapper first performed at FAU’s former Homecoming concert, Owl Prowl, in 2014 alongside singer Jay Sean.

This year’s event was sold out by Wednesday, Oct. 18, according to the FAU Box Office. It was held in the Student Union auditorium, which seats 2,400.

The show kicked off around 8 p.m with singer-songwriter Levi Stephens.

“He brought good vibes to the auditorium even though he only performed for a short time,” junior Devan Lormand said. “He set the tone for the later performances.”

Mid-2000s pop group 3OH!3 followed as the duo performed their biggest throwback singles, “Star Struck,” “My First Kiss,” and “Don’t Trust Me.” The audience chanted T-Pain’s name while the group performed.

To the roar of the crowd, T-Pain then appeared on stage at 10 p.m.

After singing top hits like “Bartender,” “I Can’t Believe It” and “Kiss Kiss,” T-Pain took a break and addressed the crowd, saying, “I’m here spreading positive vibes, if you are here to hate, then I don’t know why you’re here.”

The rapper also promoted his new album, “Oblivion,” which drops in November.

“I thought that it was dope when he played his new songs, and even though people did not know the words we all still cheered along,” junior Mallory Graham said.

The show ended on a high note as audience members put their hands in the air and sang alongside T-Pain, “All we do is win, win, win, no matter what,” quoting a 2010 DJ Khaled song featuring the OwlFest headliner.

“I loved seeing T-Pain,” junior D’Yani Florence said. “He played songs that my middle school self loved.”

Elyscia Saint-Hilaire is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].