Multicultural Affairs Department Presents Rap Concert “¡Wepa!”
On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Multicultural Affairs Department of Eastern New Mexico University presented a rap concert called “¡Wepa!” with Chicago-based rapper Pinqy Ring headlining. This concert was the final celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month. Prior to the concert, Pinqy Ring also did a workshop for the ENMU community. The concert also featured singer Jessica Jasmin and drummer Alfonso Jones.
Pinqy Ring described herself as a “very proud Puerto Rican.” She discussed her love for the island of Puerto Rico and how strong its’ people are; when she last visited the island after Hurricane Maria hit they were still recovering from it but they were strong. She performed a song about San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. She performed a number of other songs, including “Red Bone” by Childish Gambino. Jessica Jazmin also did a tribute to Selena and sang an original called “Unapologetically.”
Pinqy Ring ended the show with a song called “Phoenix,” which has a very special meaning for her. In 2004, she was in a coma after being in a bad car accident; after she recovered, she decided she wanted to change her life because she didn’t want to become just another statistic. She decided to go to college and pursue her music career; she was the first member of her family to graduate from college. She calls the song “Phoenix” because she was “like a phoenix rising from the ashes.”
Pinqy Ring also did a question and answer period at the end of the performance. She said that she first decided she wanted to be a rapper in high school, but she still rediscovers her passion for it often; she also wants to use her voice and the power that come with it and her platform to uplift people. As for her stage name, she said it wasn’t originally Pinqy Ring; when she first started, she called herself Lady Drastic. However, after meeting with someone in the music industry, they told her the name had to be changed. She landed on her current name because when she was still in school, everyone called her pinky after she wore pink pants once and she hated the color. She chose to change k to q for queen; she also chose ring because rappers are really into rings and make them a big thing. She also said that when it comes to spirituality, she is many things and has been part of multiple religions; she said, “everyone has a piece of the puzzle and refuses to put it together.”