American rapper and singer T-Pain will be headlining Fallapalooza on Sept. 29. ASLMU announced the headliner on Aug. 31 after the annual Lip Sync and Stroll Off event.
"In the past, the artist has always had to perform a clean show, but we have decided this year to let T-Pain have full creative liberty," said Maddy Situmeang, a senior communication studies major and chief programming officer for ASLMU. "This is an awesome step for LMU and I am really excited to see how the crowd enjoys everything we have planned."
Award-winning musician T-Pain is known for his hit songs "I'm Sprung," "I'm 'N Luv (Wit a Stripper)," "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," "Bartender," "Can't Believe It" and "5 O'Clock," according to Billboard. Last year, the performers for Fallapalooza were Jeremih and London Holmes, better known by his stage name London on Da Track, as previously reported on by the Loyolan.
"I like T-Pain. I think it will be really fun and different," said Kelly Miller, a senior economics major.
Situmeang explained how the process of choosing a headliner included putting out a survey to the student body and collecting the results to see who the students wanted. After students showed a desire for someone from the rap and hip hop genre, ASLMU narrowed down their choices based on budget, likability and what would be appropriate for a Jesuit university.
"Also, T-Pain just has so many bangers. How could you not want to see him?" said Situmeang. Situmeang also explained that T-Pain proposed a "2000s/nostalgia" theme that fit well with the festival this year.
The openers for the fall festival will include a student musician, chosen through the traditional singer-songwriter competition hosted by Mane Entertainment. Another musician that has yet to be announced, according to Situmeang.
Eva Enriquez, a senior double major in animation and English, said she has never been to Fallapalooza, but will go this year because of the chosen headliner.
"I love T-Pain ... He's got a banging voice," said Enriquez.
ASLMU is also searching for student artists interested in displaying their work, creating art installations and selling their merchandise. People interested are encouraged to apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We are really trying to get more student involvement this year in every aspect," said Situmeang.