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Chiddy Bang to Perform at Penn State

Hip-hop artist Chiddy Bang will perform at Penn State on December 6 for free thanks to the Student Programming Association (@psu_spa).

Chiddy Bang is the stage name of Philadelphia-based hip-hop act Chidera Anamege, who has been active since 2009, formerly with his partner, Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin. The duo split earlier this year, when Beresin left the group to go produce beats for several big name artists, including Radiohead, MGMT, Radiohead, and Passion Pit. However, Beresin still frequently collaborated with Chiddy Bang.

The duo first met while the two of them were students at Drexel University. While at Drexel, the two recorded their first mixtape, The Swelly Express, which featured arguably the group’s biggest song, “Opposite of Adults,” which featured a sample of the MGMT song “Kids.”

The song blew up, and the video received more than 20,000,000 views on YouTube. The duo were propelled into hip-hop stardom, as the song reached #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used in video games and on television shows.

The Swelly Express also featured the group’s second single, “Truth.”

The duo followed that up in 2010, when they released their second mixtape, Air Swell, which featured artists like Gorillaz and Ellie Goulding, and their first full-length EP, The Preview.

In 2011, the duo released their third mixtape, Peanut Butter and Swelly, in anticipation for their first full-length album, which would be released in 2012. Also in 2011, Chiddy Bang set a Guinness World Record for the longest freestyle and the longest continuous rap, when he rapped for nine hours, 18 minutes, and 22 seconds at MTV’s O Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The group finally released their first album in 2012, when they dropped Breakfast. The album reached as high as #8 on the Billboard 200 chart, and featured two singles — the first was titled “Mind Your Manners,” which featured Icona Pop, reached as high as #115 on the Billboard charts, and was featured on the video game Madden NFL 12, while the second was titled “Ray Charles.” Both songs were released in the summer of 2011.

Beresin officially left the group on June 18, 2013, to focus on his career producing. Chiddy Bang was supposed to release his next mixtape, Breakfast, in late September, and released the first single on the tape, “Breathe,” in August. However, the album has been pushed back several times — first on October 11, then on October 16, and now, the mixtape’s release date is unknown.

The concert is this Friday night, and begins at 10 p.m. Chiddy Bang will perform in the HUB at Alumni Hall, and the show is free with a valid University Park ID.

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