Lil Pump will hit Harvard St. this Thursday for a live interview and audience Q&A conducted by WHRB Harvard Radio. Harvard, of course, is notably the same university for which Pump's label claimed he would be giving an official commencement speech.

The same day Pump's team sent out a press release announcing the speech, it was pointed out that Angela Merkel had previously been announced as the university's commencement speaker. Now, in a statement to Consequence of Sound, a Harvard rep confirmed that Pump is "not speaking at any commencement" or related events.

"The only thing we are aware of that he is doing a live interview with WHRB Harvard Radio this Thursday and is taking questions from audience/listeners," the rep said. "That, though, is a Harvard Radio student event, not a Harvard University event."

The Facebook event page lists the Feb. 28 event as "Lil Pump: Harvard x Harverd Activation." Per the event page info, only those with a university ID will be admitted.


TOMORROW. @lilpump is coming to Harvard! 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 880 million combined YouTube views for its climactic, larger-than-life video. In 2018, Lil Pump’s “Esskeetit” music video racked up 382 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 406 million global views and counting. What’s more, Pump made 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. Come to Lil Pump: Harvard x Harverd Activation for an exclusive live interview, audience Q&A, pop-up shop and merch! Thursday, Feb. 28 at the WHRB Studio, 389 Harvard St. HUID only. Doors open at 7pm. Link to event in bio.

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When asked if WHRB had announced this event on the air, WHRB program director Allison Pao replied, "We did not publicize this event on our air because this is for Harvard ID holders only."

The event was shared on WHRB's Instagram account.

The Harvard theme has been a long-running narrative in the Lil Pump universe. The title of his new album, Harverd Dropout, directly references Pump's 2017 claim of carrying out that title in real life "to save the rap game."