Rapper returning to Syracuse 5 years after one of NYS Fair’s biggest concerts

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie performs at the New York State Fair's Chevy Court in 2018. Joanna Young | syracuse.com archives

A rapper who drew one of the largest crowds ever in New York State Fair concert history is finally returning to Syracuse.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie will perform at Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial on Oct. 15. Special guest Kaliii will open the show at 8 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster or in person at the Solvay Bank Box Office at The Oncenter (760 S. State Street Syracuse, NY 13202). Prices start at $40.50; additional fees may apply.

The concert, presented by Platinum Entertainment Group and Concert Crave, is part of the “A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Me vs. Myself: The College Tour” dates. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is also scheduled to perform Aug. 4 at the Outer Harbor in Buffalo.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie last performed in Syracuse at the 2018 NYS Fair, drawing a then-record 40,610 fans to Chevy Court. Only Nelly saw a bigger crowd with 43,000 fans at Chevy Park (now known as Suburban Park) last year.

A Boogie, whose real name is Artist Julius Dubose, is best known for the hip-hop hits “Look Back At It,” “My S---,” “Drowning” and “Numbers.” He released his fourth album, “Me vs. Myself,” in December and collaborated with Metro Boomin for a new song on the recent “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” soundtrack.

His 2018 performance at the Fair drew some criticism over reports of violence prior to and after his concert. Police said a Syracuse teen was stabbed; two women fell through a glass area while fighting at a food stand; and several videos of fights were posted online.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie more recently visited, but did not perform, in Syracuse as a guest of Adam Weitsman for an SU basketball game at the JMA Wireless Dome as part of a special welcome for SU recruit Elijah Moore in January. Moore committed to Syracuse University shortly afterwards.

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