He came, he saw, he hit University Boulevard on Thursday, where over 3,500 students, faculty, and other attendies witnessed the 38-year-old perform in his historic trip to Kingsville.
Ludcaris, also known as Christopher Bridges, was selected along with Samantha Gonsalves also known as Samnatha J, to perform from a poll in which students had a choice to pick which artist would make their way to Javelina Nation. The poll included performers such as Rita Ora, Panic at the Disco, Trey Songz, MGMT, Ella Henderson and Mac Miller.
“I will never forget that Ludacris was able to come to our campus,” said Psychology major Matthew Garcia. “It was nice to see someone that I listened to growing up come to perform at my University.”
The concert kicked off at 8 p.m. where Gonsalves performed her hit song Tight Skirt. The 18-year-old from Saint Ann, Jamaica made her way to Kingsville on time, however getting here was was not the route that she had planned.
“I made my way to College Station at first and was told I was at the wrong University,” she said.
With students waiting as early as 2 p.m. Ludacris finally made his way to the stage at approximately 10:30 p.m. where students were finally able to see the 3-time Grammy Award winner perform. Award winning hits such as Move, Get back, Act a fool brought back memories for most students.
“The concert was a lot better than I thought it would be,” said Psychology major Chris Villarreal. “It was nice to see him perform songs most of us grew up listening to. I was able to get a good spot in the crowd, so I was able to have a nice view of the entire concert.”
Some fans traveled from as far as Austin and Houston in hopes of a show that would be worth the while. The one-hour performance wasn’t as long as some had planned, but it was still what they hoped it would be.
“The concert wasn’t that long at all,” said Ludacris fan Tyrese Evans. “It was still cool to see him and everyone else getting loud and I enjoyed it, I just wish it was longer.”
The concert was the largest event on the University’s campus since former President George W. Bush made his way to Javelina Stadium in 2004.
“It was one of the largest crowds since President Bush,” said Journalism instructor Manuel Flores. “It was something the University has never seen before.”