Art Attack 33 Review – What You Missed From Friday’s Concert

(Julia Heimlich-Pulsefeedz)

Many UMD students had mixed feelings about this year’s Art Attack lineup, but T-Pain, Lil Dicky and the UMD Hip-Hop Orchestra kept it entertaining from start to finish.

In what was possibly the most intriguing performance, the UMD Hip-Hop Orchestra started the night with their unique blend of classical music with both old-school and new-school hip-hop. The group started just three years ago, with only a singer and violin player, according to founder of the Hip-Hop Orchestra and UMD student Marcus Moody.

“Our first performances were just us performing at the North and South Campus dining halls at Maryland…There’s a long story in between there and now, but I can’t believe we’re here,” said Moody.

(Julia Heimlich-Pulsefeedz)
(Julia Heimlich-Pulsefeedz)

The group earned the right to perform at Art Attack after winning UMD’s Battle of the Bands in March over five other bands. When I asked them what’s unique about their music, the answer was simple.

“Everything,” said Moody. “From the amount of times that we go from one vibe to another, to the amount of genres we reach, I think we created it. I think people wanted to see something dope and different, and they knew what we were.”

Next up on the stage was rapper Lil Dicky, known for his blend of comedy and satire with elite rhyming ability. Despite recently blowing up for his hits “$ave Dat Money” and “Lemme Freak,” Dicky said he didn’t rap much before graduating college from the University of Richmond.

“I wanted to be a comedian my whole life and when I graduated I started to think about ways in which I could be known as funny,” said Dicky. “I rapped casually for awhile and once it started to work, I quit my job.”

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(Julia Heimlich-Pulsefeedz)

Due to his lack of a musical upbringing, Dicky said it can be hard sometimes to explain to producers what he wants in beats. However, he believes he has a “great taste” in beat selection, as he’s rapped over trap, pop, R&B, and even a Lion King beat.

Dicky leads the way for Jewish rappers, an uncommon combination in the industry. When asked what the best thing he bought with his Bar Mitzvah money was, Dicky replied,”This whole f***ing rap career.” He also said that “elite athletic ability” separates him from other rappers in the game.

Last up was headliner of the night and middle-school dance legend, T-Pain. By the time he took the stage, students piled on top of each other to get the best views of the star from their childhoods.

Pain played everything from classics like “Bartender” and “Buy U a Drank,” to features like his “Good Life” hook with Kanye West, and remixes to 2000’s classics. Jared Nickens, Jaylen Brantley, and Damonte Dodd also checked into their home court, as they were balling out in a different way:

The viral sensation brought to real life felt like the climax of the night. T-Pain then continued his set for about another hour before Art Attack came to an end.

(Julia Heimlich- Pulsefeedz)
(Julia Heimlich- Pulsefeedz)

Some students were satisfied, others may regret paying any money for the concert. But at the end of the day, T-Pain, Lil Dicky, and UMD’s Hip-Hop Orchestra each put on entertaining and engaging performances that had a lot of students moving like a cyclone.

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