Jeremih, Ella Mai and Juicy J Crush the ASI Big Event
This year’s annual performance brought up student moods before finals week
By Karrie Comfort, Staff Writer
As London-born artist Ella Mai came out to perform her set, latecomers filtered in with foam glow sticks and not a single concern for finals.
It was the ASI Big Event.
From 6 to 10 p.m., the Walter Pyramid floor seating was packed as students listened to performers Jeremih, Juicy J and Ella Mai.
Mai performed first. The crowd sang along to one of her most popular songs “She Don’t.” In a backstage press conference after the show, she called that one of her favorite moments.
After Mai, Juicy J took the stage. The co-founder of the Three 6 Mafia gang showed up with a red white and blue leather jacket and an ankle brace, but still put on a killer show.
He effortlessly rapped his section on Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”, while everyone screamed the words at the top of their lungs. He also sang a crowd favorite, Three 6 Mafia’s “Stay Fly.”
Juicy J didn’t come alone; he also brought out young artist YKOM White to rap his new single “BYO.”
“I’m an OG,” he later said in the press conference. “I’m just trying to help out some new artists.”
After Juicy J’s set, Jeremih took the stage at 9 p.m. to a sold out floor, coming on with his crew and a dozen roses.
“Do you want some old shit or some new shit?” he asked.
Over screams for both “old shit” and “new shit,” Jeremih did a fantastic job of providing a mix of music, from “Planez” to “Down On Me” to “Oui.”
After several chants broke out for “Birthday Sex”, Jeremih performed his Billboard topping single and asked to bring one birthday girl up on stage to sing to.
A girl joined him onstage and after he gave her a red rose, Jeremih began singing to her. He then proceeded to hold her shoulder and move her down, grinding on her from behind, and finished the song on his knees in front of her.
For his last song, “Oui”, Jeremih finally slowed it down and sang to the audience one last time.
“This song is for the lovers out there, you don’t hear a lot about that on the radio, and that’s why I wrote this song,” he said.
After the song ended, Jeremih thanked CSULB for having him and said goodnight. Students in attendance took to social media like Twitter and Instagram after the Big Event, uploading pictures or Tweeting that the show was “lit” and “amazing.”
“I’m alive and ready for round two,” said junior David Pham. “I had fun at the concert…[it] had good energy.”
Other students focused on specific performers. “I thought it was super cool how he [Jeremih] was asking the crowd what we wanted to hear,” said freshmen Dalia Chavarin.