By Jack Barnes
Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Steven Spielberg, J.K. Rowling, and Bill Gates now share something in common with Lil Pump… As officially confirmed by WHRB Harvard Radio today, the multi-platinum selling modern icon and history-making teenage superstar will deliver the 2019 commencement speech at Harvard University.
This honor places him in good company with a bevy of game-changers, thought leaders and Nobel Peace Prize winners throughout history who have addressed the graduating class of the world’s most prestigious university.
Given his status at the forefront of the culture and position as a voice for the youth, Harvard University handpicked Pump to be its “youngest commencement speaker in history.” This serves as a testament to his undeniable influence on the current generation.
As his new album Harverd Dropout conquers charts and sets streaming records, Pump enjoys a victory lap with this very special announcement.
About this honor, he commented, “You don’t gotta graduate from
Harvard to do this speech. I dropped out, so they called me like they called the guy that made Windows and PCs and shit before I was born. You just need a cap and gown, which I got. When I found out, I was happy to give everyone a lesson. I’m all about the youth. Yes, they are the future. This is a preview of my speech, one word: ESSKEETIT!!!!!!”
Lil Pump’s second album and one of the year’s most anticipated releases, Harverd Dropout [Warner Bros. Records], is available now.
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ABOUT LIL PUMP:
Signature colorful dreads flailing, ominous ink on display, and superhero-sized charisma in plentiful supply, Lil Pump (born August 17, 2000) tore through hip-hop like a tornado, amassing over 2 billion audio and video streams and counting. Lil Pump’s breakout hit “Gucci Gang” is a RIAA 4x platinum smash that topped singles charts across North America and Europe, streaming to #2 on the US Spotify Chart and #12 on the Global Chart, while garnering over 882 million combined YouTube views for its climactic, larger-than-life video. In 2018, Lil Pump’s “Esskeetit” music video racked up 384 million YouTube views and closed out the year achieving the biggest-ever global debut for a hip-hop video on YouTube for “I Love It”—his collaboration with Kanye West. After surpassing 76 million views in under a week, it eclipsed 409 million global views and counting. The groundbreaking video– co-directed by West and executively-produced by Spike Jonze– went viral, spawning an #ILoveItChallenge on social media, memes from celebrities like Ellen Degeneres, and a hilarious spoof from The Late Late Show’s James Corden. What’s more, Pumpmade headlines with stellar performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and BET’s 2018 Hip-Hop Awards. Meanwhile, Billboard touted him in its coveted “21 Under 21” feature.
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