BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WSFA) - Rapper, songwriter and media personality 2 Chainz will headline the postgame concert of the Magic City Classic, officials announced Thursday.
The 78th annual event between the Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University will take place Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the historic Legion Field in Birmingham. The halftime show will feature the Marching Hornets and the Marching Maroon and White. The concert featuring 2 Chainz will begin immediately after the game has ended.
“2 Chainz is a world-class performer and we’re thrilled to feature his talents on the stage of the 78th Annual McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola,” says Executive Director Perren King. “Having attended an HBCU himself, he embodies what the Classic stands for. His performance is sure to make this one of the largest and best Magic City Classic to date,”
2 Chainz, who is originally from Georgia, attended Alabama State University on a basketball scholarship, the university said. His debut album, “Based on a T.R.U Story”, was nominated for Best Rap Album and generated three singles in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100. In 2016, he won a Grammy Award for “Best Rap Performance” for his “No Problem” collaboration with Lil Wayne and Chance the Rapper.
Magic City Classic officials announced Thursday NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal will also join the festivities as the ambassador.
“Shaq is one of the most influential basketball players in NBA history, and we are beyond excited to have him as our ambassador,” says King. “To have someone with such accolades representing the largest HBCU football classic in the country is great for the fans, the game, and our city .”
Tickets to the game can be purchased online at www.magiccityclassic.com. Concert admission is included in the price of a ticket to the game.