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Macklemore Rocks USF

The Seattle based rapper Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, and music producer Ryan Lewis rocked the crowd at USF Friday night in their last US concert before continuing their tour in Japan.

USF student Royce Anies, aka Dj Devarock, got the intimate crowd of concert goers pumped before the lead act took the stage, blasting all things bass infused, ranging from Nicki Minaj to Swedish House Mafia. However, not even the bone rattling bass could have rivaled the chants of “Mack-le-more! Mack-le-more!” and screams of elation that filled Koret’s Swig Gym as they took the stage. Macklemore jumped around stage, grabbing the audience’s hands and shouted every word of his rhymes in unison, nearly drowning out the rapper himself at times. However, the crowd listened attentively when Macklemore took a moment to talk about the city by the bay. “You know, I like my things a little older, worn out…I love San Francisco. Do you know which part I like best? The tenderloin…The other side of Union Square.” He said, continuing, “I like my cities with grit, gum on the sidewalks. San Francisco has grit.”

At that point, Macklemore noted that many members of the audience were wearing apparently thifted fur coats, a shout out to his two time platinum song “Thrift Shop,” which has also claimed the number one spot on the Billboard top 100 charts for three weeks, in addition to topping the charts in Denmark, UK, Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand. He asked to borrow one concert goers coat, which felt “a little small” according to the rapper who then launched into “Thrift Shop”, accompanied by Michael Wansley, better known as Wanz. The song was well received by the electrified audience, feeding off of

Macklemore’s enthusiastic performance, who jumped around the stage and bumped shoulders with his fellow musicians. At the end of the song, Macklemore asked the audience to “crowd surf the bear”, or get the borrowed coat back to the person who gave it to him in the first place.
The relatively small crowd gave the performance a feeling of intimacy, and Macklemore’s penchant for talking to the audience made the experience personal. It’s not a concert anyone in the audience will soon forget.

 

*For more pictures, check out the Foghorn’s Flickr account, which has an entire photo collection of Friday’s concert

49ers To Face Ravens In Super Bowl XLVII

For the first time in the history of the NFL, two brothers will coach against each other in the Super Bowl as Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers take on John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. Some have even called this game the Harbaugh Bowl I, The Harbaugh Bowl, and SupeHarbaughl. This ultimate test of sibling rivalry promises to be one of the most exciting games of the past decade.
The Baltimore Ravens have seemed to be on a determined path toward the Superbowl ever since All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis announced he would retire at the season’s end. Lewis has been both the on-field and the emotional leader of the Ravens since he joined the team in the it’s inaugural season over 10 years ago. The Ravens are now riding on the momentum of beating who experts considered to be the two best teams in the AFC – the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Baltimore found their success behind the excellent play of team leaders Lewis and quarterback Joe Flacco.

Meanwhile, the 49ers have looked to their smothering defense, led by linebacker Patrick Willis, and the surprisingly excellent play of second year quarterback Colin Kaepernick to defeat the Falcons, who boasted the best record in the NFL, in the NFC Championship Game.
Jim Harbaugh has always been known to take risks. His latest, starting second year Kaepernick over veteran quarterback Alex Smith, is making him look like the smartest coach in the NFL. The 49ers have gone 7-2 in Kaepernick’s nine starts during which he has thrown for 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Kaepernick has been even more impressive in the playoffs, boasting a 94.1 out of 100 QBR (Quarter Back Rating) and setting a playoff record for quarterback rushing yards with 181 against the Green Bay Packers. While Kaepernick’s play has been impressive, it is truly the 49ers defense that is the reason they are in the Super Bowl. Led by linebackers Navarro Bowman and Willis, as well as defensive lineman Justin Smith, the 49ers claim a top four defense in both opponent rushing and passing yards. If the 49ers are to beat the Ravens in the Super Bowl, the defense must shut down Flacco at quarterback as well as running back Ray Rice.
Just like his brother, John Harbaugh has had to make some tough decisions regarding his quarterback. Flacco has been criticized for years for his inability to win the big game, as he has lost in the AFC championship game two times before. However, John never gave up on his quarterback and has backed up Flacco since day one. Flacco has been exceptional this postseason, throwing for 853 yards, 8 touchdowns and zero interceptions. However, just like their opponents, the Ravens have turned to their defense to close out games. Led by linebackers Lewis and Terrell Suggs and safety Ed Reed, the Ravens defense held a New England Patriot’s offense, considered the best in the league, to only 13 points.
Both defenses will undoubtedly come out to play, but the dual threat of San Francisco’s Kaepernick along with running back Frank Gore should turn out to be too much for Baltimore’s defense to contain. In only two years, Jim Harbaugh will help the 49ers complete their quest for their sixth Superbowl.
Nick’s Final Score: San Francisco 34 – Baltimore 31.