“Yo Pi’erre, you wanna come out here?”
Renowned record producer, rapper and songwriter Pi’erre Bourne is set to take the Vogelstein quad stage for Vassar’s annual Welcome Back Concert, which takes place this Friday, Sept. 13. Bourne is best known for producing Playboi Carti’s breakout single “Magnolia,” along with his collaborations with rappers such as Kanye West, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, DaBaby and Lil Uzi Vert.
Bourne’s performance is hosted by Vassar College Entertainment (ViCE), which also organizes Vassar’s yearly spring concert. In an email correspondence, ViCE Co-President Dane Marshall ’20 expressed his excitement about the event. “In my opinion, the current Vassar student body has not seen a performer on campus that has had so much influence on the sound of modern popular music…it’s a dream come true, ” he gushed.
The Welcome Back Concert is a fun and inclusive way for students to come together, dance and acclimate back to campus each fall. Marshall explained, “The beginning of the year is always stressful with getting back into the rhythm of school and figuring out your schedule and your life and what not, and I think the Welcome Back Concert is the perfect opportunity to release and destress and dance and have a great time!”
Chicago “disco rap superstar” and activist Ric Wilson will open the evening at 7 p.m., playing tracks off of his 2018 EP “BANBA.”