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T-Pain to headline Welcome Week concert at U.Va.

UPC will host free concert for students at Amphitheater

<p>T-Pain performing at a concert in East Rutherford, N.J. in 2007.&nbsp;</p>

T-Pain performing at a concert in East Rutherford, N.J. in 2007. 

Rapper T-Pain will perform in a concert at U.Va. later this month, the University Programs Council announced in an email to the student body Wednesday. 

T-Pain is set to take the stage at the McIntire Amphitheater Aug. 25 at 9 p.m., beginning UPC’s “Hoo’s Home” night. The concert will help kick off UPC’s annual Welcome Week. 

T-Pain, or Faheem Rashad Najm, is a rapper who topped the charts in 2007 with his second album Epiphany. The two time Grammy-award winner produced subsequent hit singles in the 2000s and early 2010s such as “I'm 'n Luv (Wit a Stripper),” “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')” and “5 O'Clock.” He was a feature artist in songs alongside Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne and Flo Rida.

The concert will be free for students and will be followed by late night events in and around the Aquatic and Fitness Center, including a mechanical bull, photo booth, LED mini golf, casino games and food trucks. “Hoo’s Home” is a collaboration with IM-Rec, UVA Dining, Housing & Residence Life and class councils.

Welcome Week, which runs Aug. 24 to 31, will also include performances from comedian Sasheer Zamata, hypnotist Tom Deluca and a screening of “Black Panther.”

In the email announcing the Welcome Week events, UPC chair Debbie Yoo said UPC will host another concert at John Paul Jones arena later in the fall semester. 

“The UPC Executive Board made the decision to wait until later in the semester for this concert since it gives the artist greater flexibility in choosing a date to perform, instead of being limited to one night,” Yoo said. “More details and ticketing for the Fall JPJ Concert will be announced soon.”

Last year, the Welcome Week concert featuring Future and Lil’ Yachty was cancelled in response to the events of Aug. 11 and 12. Both artists expressed safety concerns in visiting Charlottesville after last summer’s white nationalist rallies. A month later, UPC hosted a concert featuring D.R.A.M. and Cherub in replacement of the cancellation.