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Afroman Comes To Campus

Afroman - The hip-hop legend will perform April 15

Brooke Burger
Staff Writer

   In 2001, he stormed the airwaves with "Because I Got High," and on April 15 he will storm the University of Arkansas at Monticello courtesy of Sigma Tau Gamma.

   Afroman, born Joseph Foreman on July 28, 1974, released his first album, "Sell Your Dope," in 1999. A year later, Afroman moved to Hattiesburg, Miss., and teamed up with drummer Jody Stallone and keyboardist/bassist Daryl Havard. In 2001, they released "The Good Times," featuring the No. 1 summer hit, "Because I Got High." With the help of Napster, the song gained popularity and eventually certified gold in the United States.

   Afroman's latest albums include:
• "Afroholic ... The Even Better Times" (2004) a follow-up to the 2001 album, "The Good Times,"
• "Jobe Bells" (2004) a comedic holiday album
• "4R0:20" (2004) which features the songs "Trip," "Ghetto Life" and "Come On.

   According to Afromanmusic.com, Afroman focuses more on having fun than all the fame and hype that comes with his career.

  "Music was really made for a good time," Afroman said.

   Brad Fryar, former Sig Tau president in 2005, said the fraternity considered booking Afroman for almost two years. Fryar said they wanted to book him because he appeals to a broad group of people.

   "It's Afroman. Everyone knows him whether they're black, white, Hispanic or Asian," said Fryar. "At my high school his songs were like anthems that we could all have a good time listening to."

   Fryar said one of the best aspects of bringing Afroman to UAM is his laid -back personality. According to the contract between the rapper and the Sig Taus, Afroman requests that the Sig Taus hang out with him prior to the show so he can get to know them.

   Sarah Hornsby, an education major at UAM, plans on attending the event. "I think it's awesome that this school has people who will take the initiative to get something that the students will really enjoy. Anyone who goes is going to have a great time," she said.

   Afroman will perform on Saturday, April 15 at the University Plaza. Tickets will go on sale at the gate at 6:00 p.m. for $15 per person. For more information, contact Will Caldwell at 870-866-9545.

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