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The BC Heights: Amid Controversy, B.o.B Throws it Back at Modstock

Author Name: Kaylie Ramirez | Heights Contributor  

Published On May 11th, 2018

Keith Carroll | Heights Editor

Students congregated in the Mod Lot on Wednesday to celebrate the end of classes with an evening of music at Modstock, the annual spring concert sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB). Despite some pushback from students and faculty after CAB announced B.o.B would be the musical guest, students showed up in droves to watch the rapper perform.

Shady Lady, the winner of Battle of the Bands, opened the event with a quick set. The band dressed for the ’90s theme and invited friends on stage to perform with them throughout the set. Funky Giant’s Jackie Chan, MCAS ’18, joined vocalist Nicole Rodger, MCAS ’19, and keyboardist Katie Kelleher, CSOM ’18, to sing a cover of “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child.

The crowd sang along as Shady Lady performed an irreverent rendition of Smash Mouth’s “All Star” for which Peyton Spencer, a finalist at this year’s Singer Songwriter competition and MCAS ’18, joined the majority girl group. For the group’s final song, “Ride or Die,” drummer Alex Eichler, MCAS ’20, donned a blue wig and provided a clean beat for the pumped-up track. Rachel Moon, MCAS ’19, stood on the speaker at the front of the stage while delivering an impressive guitar solo during the song.

Although the rain stopped in time for the show, the tension in the air was palpable as the controversial musical guest, B.o.B, took the stage. The hip-hop artist’s views made headlines this week when members of the BC community began to question CAB’s decision to invite him to perform. Critics pointed out that the singer’s lyrics in “Flatline” reference noted Holocaust denier David Irving and that B.o.B has been outspoken about his belief that the earth is flat on social media.

As soon as the performer emerged from backstage, inflatable globes began bouncing around the crowd. B.o.B blew off early signs of tension to perform “Ray Bands,” during which he removed his own sunglasses and gave them to a member of the crowd. He did reference the beach ball globes when introducing his hit song “Nothin’ on You,” however.

“Speaking of the earth, I got something I want to say,” B.o.B said before singing along to the opening line of the song: “Beautiful girls all over the world / I could be chasing but my time would be wasted.”

The performer’s DJ stopped the track after the first chorus, but the crowd sang the lyrics back to the duo in perfect synchrony. After a brief pause, B.o.B went right into his first verse with an explosive beat drop...