The campus was buzzing last Thursday, as the Trojan Family anticipated USC football’s annual showdown against their crosstown rivals, that school in Westwood which shall not be named.

 Saweetie performing at USC Conquest! 2019 ( Photo by Ling Luo )
Saweetie performing at USC Conquest! 2019 ( Photo by Ling Luo )

But first, Conquest! Every year, USC hosts a carnival to promote school spirit in the days before the game. Vendors and a ferris wheel appeared overnight on Wednesday to line McCarthy Quad and entertain people while they wait for the concert to begin.

Initially, rapper Rico Nasty, who was featured in XXL’s 2019 Freshman Class, was scheduled to headline. Citing “personal reasons,” Rico had to back out of her performance the night before the concert. Luckily, a USC favorite and alum, Saweetie, swooped in to save the day.

In true Conquest! fashion, people at the gates ranged from those who arrived at 4:30 p.m. and those who arrived just as the first act began. Musician Channel Tres opened with chill electronic/ dance hip-hop vibes. After Tres’s mix mellowed out the crowd, they were reenergized by DJ Carisma, who was celebrating her birthday.

Once her set ended, a lavish purple coat waltzed onto the stage. Dripped out in her “ICY” chain and silver grill, Saweetie dazzled the crowd. She performed her hit songs “High Maintenance” and “Icy Girl” before bringing out a special guest. Quavo, the “Head Huncho” himself, popped onto the stage. The term relationship goals had never felt so real.

Even though Saweetie is an “Icy Girl,” the two brought the heat as they kissed during their performance of “Tip Toes.” Quavo continued to add flames to the fire with his performance of “Bad and Boujee.” The crowd lost it as the classic was performed.

Students twerking on stage with USC alum Saweetie. ( Photo by Ling Luo )
Students twerking on stage with USC alum Saweetie. ( Photo by Ling Luo )

She ended her set by playing the baddie anthem, “My Type.” However, Saweetie had another surprise up her sleeves. The rapper held a contest between three participants to “twerk for a chain.” A belt came off and bodies dropped to the floor as the students twerked for Saweetie and the crowd. Each of the contestants walked away with a chain and the respect of the Icy Queen.

As a USC college graduate, Saweetie made sure to encourage students to chase the bag and keep their grades up.