Canceled new 1017 HBCU takeover event – the Famuan

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Logo courtesy of 1017takeover website

The New 1017 HBCU Takeover event hosted by artist Gucci Mane was canceled at Florida A&M University on October 19 due to theft issues.

In order to market the new “So Icy Boyz” project, Gucci Mane and his artists have taken to the HBCUs to create a buzz during listening parties. Schools included Howard University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, Texas Southern University, and Florida A&M University.

“The cancellation of New 1017 was unfortunate,” said Gensen Surpris, DJ at 90.5 at Flava station.

“With coming home right around the corner, I couldn’t wait to expose our campus to some new music. In addition, I looked forward to our student journalists having the experience of interviewing well-known artists. The New 1017 had some pretty interesting experiences at Howard University the previous week with their students currently protesting. I’m sure they would have had a lot to say, ”said Surpris.

1017 was created in 2008 and was assembled by American rapper and record manager Gucci Mane. The artists signed on the label are Bic Fizzle, Big Walk Dog, Hotboy Wes, Enchanting, Foggiano, Big Scarr and, most famous, Pooh Shiesty. The label has gone through quiet times but was relaunched in 2020 during the pandemic.

“The pandemic is the way I took out my label,” Gucci Mane told Scoreboards.

“While everyone [else] gonna sit on their money, I’m gonna go out and sign artists. It was my whole strategy… We were like family. I want my artists to be a part of everything I do. And we’ll all grow up together, ”Gucci said.

Gucci Mane has been building this kind of relationship for a very long time.

Very young, he was inspired by Jermaine Dupri in the hope of discovering another duo like Kriss Kross. Making their way through the rap scene in Atlanta, Gucci discovered many top artists and producers such as Zaytoven, Mike WiLL Made-It, Metro Boomin, Migos, and Young Thug.

“It would have been a huge opportunity to go and bond in the music industry,” said Abe Drisdom, a FAMU student and music artist.

“Gucci is a successful rap artist, and he has a lot of experience in the industry. I could have learned a lot from him and his artists. In the future, I hope we can have more events like this, so that I can learn and gain as much experience from these people, ”Drisdom said.

HBCUs aren’t unusual for celebrity pop-up events. Artists such as NBA Youngboy and Rod Wave made surprise visits to FAMU, quickly generating large crowds and attention on social media.

Black colleges and universities have been incubators for current and future culture. Many celebrities have started to associate with HBCUs, such as LeBron James with Florida A&M University and Phylicia Rashad with Howard University.

The takeover of the new 1017 HBCU is scheduled to make its final stop at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on October 20.


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