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Monday January 24th

Last name Chainz, first name (final) 2

2 Chainz performed at Carmichael Arena on Saturday for CUAB's Spring Jubilee.
Buy Photos 2 Chainz performed at Carmichael Arena on Saturday for CUAB's Spring Jubilee.

For example, did you know it’s possible to own a red UNC snapback? 2 Chainz’s DJ, E. Sudd, was wearing one.

I also learned 2 Chainz is not that great at personal branding — he wore three chains.

And despite some of 2 Chainz’s misogynistic statements, the night was still pretty #lit, or at least as #lit as a night could be with a truncated set and a slightly less-than-full house.

With the buzz surrounding the Jubilee and Final Four overlap, and all of the people on Facebook groups selling their tickets, I was expecting maybe 50 people tops. But I was surprised.

From where I was standing at the barricade, I could see empty seats, but the crowd surrounding the stage and sitting in the middle sections of the upper and lower balconies seemed pretty substantial.

The size of the crowd not only showed UNC’s love for 2 Chainz and his music, but also that CUAB was clever to host a watch party after the show.

While I might not have known more than three songs, the people surrounding me on the floor knew every word to every single song.

The set list 2 Chainz put together was amazing. He chose songs from every era of his career, from when he was known as Tity Boi to his upcoming album, “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.”

But because of his time restraint, he wasn’t able to perform any full songs, at most only being able to perform a couple of verses.

2 Chainz also performed some songs that he’s featured in, like “Bandz a Make Her Dance” by Juicy J and “F**kin’ Problems” by A$AP Rocky.

“F**kin’ Problems” was one of my personal favorites, along with "Birthday Song" and "I’m Different," mainly because those are the three songs that I actually know.

When introducing the song “Watch Out,” 2 Chainz referenced the Oregon game, essentially calling out all of Oregon’s fans and telling them to “watch out, lil bitch.”

Despite the small stage, the underwhelming smoke effects, a crowd that’s probably smaller than he’s used to and the fact that he was wearing sunglasses the entire time, he was able to really form a connection with the crowd.

Being in the crowd was one of the best parts of the show.

It didn’t have the feel of a normal concert. For one, everyone around me was in UNC gear, creating an atmosphere that combined aspects from frat parties and watching a basketball game.

One girl next to me was still dressed from her sorority cocktail, including the wedges and the sun hat.

There was a guy in front of me who kept trying to hand his Snapchat Spectacles to 2 Chainz, who didn’t take them.

Compared to what I’ve heard about Jubilee last year, 2 Chainz’s performance definitely appears to be an improvement.

I’m excited to see who CUAB brings next year. Hopefully, with better scheduling.

@karynhbrown

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