In an e-mail sent out this afternoon with the subject line “Learn About Wesleyan’s History Today,” the Spring Fling Committee officially announced the 2016 Spring Fling lineup: Leaf, BØRNS, and A$AP Ferg. Beginning and ending with shots of President Roth, and including a brief history of past main acts that extended back two years to Kendrick Lamar’s oft-bragged-about performance, the video showed clips of the upcoming acts’ shows and interviews.
Brooklyn-born rapper Leaf has a brother in the Montreal-based duo Chromeo and a contract with the music label Fool’s Gold. At 19 years old, she’s already released a debut EP called Magnet Bitch. Commonly compared with Nicki Minaj (primarily due to her status as a fiery female rapper with an expansive range), Leaf has spoken publicly about writing empowering lyrics for women to combat the degrading lyrics in many popular rap songs.
BØRNS (née Garrett Borns) released his first studio album, Dopamine, in October of last year, but he’s been on the indie pop music scene since 2012, when he put out his first EP. Most known for his 2015 single “Seeing Stars,” he’s performed with the likes of Charli XCX, MisterWives, and Bleachers.
And then there’s A$AP Ferg, creator of the pregame-ready track “Shabba” and member of A$AP Mob, the hip-hop group that includes his slightly more well-known cohort member (and frequent collaborator) A$AP Rocky. Born and raised in Harlem, Ferg, the so-called “Trap Lord” released his debut single, “Work,” on A$AP Mob’s mixtape, and then included a remix to the track on his debut album, Trap Lord, which featured Rocky, Schoolboy Q, French Montana, and Trinidad James, among others. His second studio album, Always Strive and Prosper, is expected to come out this month, and we’ll wait with bated breath to find out whether he’ll bring along the rest of A$AP Mob when he appears on campus.