15 dollars doesn’t get anyone much these days but for Syracuse University students that attended the inaugural Rock The Dome concert this past Thursday night, 15 dollars went a long way. The event that took place on February 2nd at the Carrier Dome, featured rapper and hip-hop artist, Ludacris with guest star, Rick Ross. University Union, the student organization that put the event together, hopes to make it a tradition that will continue in the future and become a regular concert serious for SU students.
My friends and I have attended many concerts at the Dome during our four years here at ‘Cuse: Drake, Kid Cudi, Ben Folds, and unfortunately we are usually left wondering why we wasted our time. This is not necessarily because the performers weren’t satisfying but more so because of the annoyingly long wait we usually have to suffer before the performers even come on and then again in between acts. Its always enough to be a huge buzz-kill and make me reconsider ever coming to another concert. Needless to say, we continue to buy a ticket every year but this year I can’t thank myself enough for my unwillingness to let go of the smallest tradition. Simply put, Luda and Rick Ross didn’t just rock The Dome, they killed it.
Rick Ross got the night started off with some of his recent and all-time favorite hits and by the end of his performance he had everybody on their feet, hands in the air asking, “Can I get a Rozay?” This alone was enough to warm the crowd up for Luda, who straight up crushed it all night by playing every classic hit that you could ever remember, including What’s Your Fantasy, Move Bitch, Rollout and Shake Your Money Maker. It turned out to be an awesome sing-a-long sesh in the crowd where it seemed like all the words to those classic, obnoxious Luda songs just came right back to everybody. If this concert didn’t take you back to those good old high school days, then you probably didn’t listen to good music when you were 16 (or you just had better taste). But whatever it is you like or dislike, there’s no denying Luda and his guest star put on a great performance for Syracuse and definitely “Rocked The Dome”. If future events prove to be as great as the inaugural performance, SU students are in for a real treat.