Mike Posner and Friends Rock the HUB
Thursday night, the Penn State Marketing Association (PSMA) hosted a concert in the HUB with DJ Benzi, Big Sean, and Mike Posner performing. Fresh off of their performance at SXSW (South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas), these up-and-coming artists really shook up the room and laid down a great concert.
Mike Posner, who graduates this year from Duke, has gained popularity over the last year after releasing two mixtapes for free online. Posner, who’s been making beats since he was 13, holed up in his dorm room last January and wrote, recorded, edited, and produced his first mixtape, “A Matter of Time”. Since then, Posner has released another mix tape, “One Foot Out the Door,” and signed a record deal.
Posner, a double major in Sociology and Business, stayed in school even after signing with a label. Can you imagine being a full time student AND constantly going on tour? Just listen to his finals week last year:
Thursday I performed in Detroit. Friday I performed in Detroit. Saturday I performed at the University of Dayton. I came back and studied Sunday and Monday. I had three finals on Tuesday, and I had a show on Wednesday….Thursday I had like, a meeting with a professor, and Friday I had a meeting with Jay-Z
Posner collaborates and performs with DJ Benzi and his “best friend” Big Sean (who isn’t really fat or tall. Wonder what part of him is big?). Big Sean is also a protege of the “voice of our generation” Kanye West. Despite Posner’s relative obscurity, PSMA got quite a good turnout for the concert, and Posner really knew how to work the crowd. Many of his songs mash up well-known songs with his own lyrics, which allowed the crowd to get into the music and follow along.