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Ohio State student rapper to open for J. Cole

Courtesy of Paul Erlandson

Ohio State student rapper Cal Scruby will replace Big K.R.I.T. as the opener for J. Cole’s concert on campus Monday.

J. Cole and Scruby are performing as part of the BuckeyeThon Benefit Concert, presented by both BuckeyeThon and the Ohio Union Activities Board. Doors open for the show at 7 p.m. and it will take place in the Ohio Union’s Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom.

OUAB announced Big K.R.I.T. canceled Sunday due to unforeseen circumstances. The group is unaware as to why he canceled as of Sunday night, OUAB adviser Katie Krajny said.

Neither Big K.R.I.T.’s agents nor Scruby immediately returned requests for comment.

Scruby is a fourth-year in engineering. He is perhaps best known for his song titled “The Nation,” which is about OSU with athletic undertones. It has more than 44,000 views on YouTube.

J. Cole, whose real name is Jermaine Lamar Cole, rose to fame in 2011 when he released his first album, “Cole World: Sideline Story” in September. Cole, who is signed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, was nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards but lost to Bon Iver.

Big K.R.I.T., whose real name is Justin Scott, is scheduled to release his first studio album June 5 titled “Live from the Underground.” He released his first mixtape, “See Me on Top,” in 2005, and has released two EPs in the last year. He has been on tour with J. Cole as part of his Campus Consciousness Tour, which is the tour that will be stopping at OSU.

Tickets cost $10 and are still available at the Ohio Union Information Center.

B.o.B. performed as part of the BuckeyeThon Benefit Concert at Newport Music Hall in 2011.

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