Hip-hop phenomenon Wiz Khalifa and his tour bus rolled into Waterville May 6 for a sold-out, semester-ending Loudness concert in Wadsworth Gym. After two warm-up acts, Khalifa took the stage and showed why he was riding high on the Billboard charts this spring. With his infectious laugh and charismatic stage presence, he worked with a DJ behind him and fellow-rapper Big Sean joining in for backups and duets.
 
Booked back in January, the show couldn’t have been more timely. Khalifa’s Rolling Papers album was released the day tickets went on sale in March and it was number one on the Billboard R&B/Hip-hop chart for three weeks at the end of April. The song “Roll Up” was holding steady at number nine on the Top 100 hip-hop singles chart and the album was still at number two.
 
Colby’s concert was the next to last before Khalifa took a break and then headed for Europe, with U.S. dates on his 2011 world tour resuming in June, according to his website. Though he declined an interview request from at least one student journalist, Khalifa tweeted “show wuz awesome maine,” afterward.
 
The event was one highlight of the period between end of classes and the beginning of the study period before exams—what students call “Loudness.” A Student Government Association-sponsored fireworks show over Johnson Pond followed on Saturday night, when there was also a toga party. On Sunday Greg McKillop ’13 tweeted on insideColby: “Best weekend at Colby. So far at least. #loudness.”