Kid Cassius' debut performance
Amario Malcolm, A.K.A. Kid Cassius, performed for the first time in front of an audience at the Nelly concert Thursday night. Cameron Johnson/Staff
Maybe you have imagined what it's like to have your voice projected over the loud speakers of the Whittemore Center. Maybe you even aspire to one day perform your original music in front of a screaming crowd in a large arena. For Kid Cassius, these were dreams of his as well, that is, until Thursday night.
Amario Malcolm, the man behind the Kid Cassius stage name, had never performed in front of a legitimate audience. It isn't often that a performer is able to say that his first time performing was on the giant stage of the Whittemore Center, not to mention opening up for one of music's most loved pop-rap stars, Nelly. For Malcolm, this exact scenario became a reality when he was asked to perform before SCOPE's Nelly and Mike Stud spring concert.
"I was really nervous," Malcolm said after his performance. "My voice is almost gone!"
It's true that the rapper had yet to perform for any significant audience before Thursday night, so it was truly his time to shine. Joined on stage by Jamaal Crawford, Gabriel Wathne and accompanied by UNH student disc jockey, Matt Baker, the group performed all original content, written by Malcolm.
"It was produced in less than one-and-a-half weeks," Wathne said about Malcolm's first set of professional-grade recordings.
At just 19-years-old and a freshman at UNH, Malcolm is eager to get started with his music career, conveying his passion for his art.
"I want to be a musician," Malcolm said. "I want the chance to create."
His friends who have helped him in making his "Chapter One Mixtape" are equally as ambitious. Producer Gabe Wathne, or "G Watt," said that the quality sound you hear in the recordings was captured in a closet in Stoke Hall. Jamaal Crawford has been a friend of Malcolm's for the past six years, having studied music together at Boston Latin Academy. Both Crawford and Malcolm are from Mattapan, Massachusetts.
"I think it was good of SCOPE to let [Malcolm] open for Nelly," freshman Alyssa Lena said as she stood outside in the cold waiting to be let in to the Whittemore Center.
In fact, Kid Cassius has already accumulated a good number of fans from his Soundcloud releases alone. One fan at Thursday night's concert was eager to praise the young musician.
"He was amazing, he was awesome," sophomore Alex Mannetta said. "I fell in love with his music on Soundcloud. I really felt his music tonight."
In order to perform before Stud and Nelly, Malcolm's music had to be approved by Nelly himself, which was thrilling for Malcolm for obvious reasons. As such a young musician, this opportunity marked the beginning of what he hopes to be a long and prosperous career.
"I just want people to listen to my music," Malcolm said.
He stressed that he is open to any opportunities to play at UNH, and welcomes other artists at the university to contact him for collaboration.
All of Kid Cassius' music can be found at www.soundcloud.com/kidcassius-2, and is available for free download.
His biography on his Soundcloud page reads:
"My vision is to create lifelong messages that enhance educational, interpersonal, community and professional success. My mission is to aid everyone who loves me and everyone who hates me in their mental, moral and social development for life. My purpose is to contribute to the advancement of society through the personal growth of my music, and sharing it with you. Per aspera ad astra, Kid Cassius."
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