As part of the promotional campaign for his newly released album, Harverd Dropout, Lil Pump announced he had been tapped to give the 2019 commencement speech at Harvard University.  

Naturally, many people dismissed Pump's claim as complete BS, but a Warner Bros. press released led many to believe the news was legit: "[...] the multi-platinum selling modern icon and history-making teenage superstar will deliver the 2019 commencement speech at Harvard University," the presser read in part. "[...] 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."

Well, it turned out Pump and his record label had provided misleading information. Harvard later confirmed German Chancellor Angela Merkel would deliver school's 2019 commencement address and not the "Gucci Gang" rapper. It was later clarified that Pump would stop by the university for a special event hosted by WHRB Harvard Radio


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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The "Lil Pump Herverd Takeover" went down Thursday night at the WHRB studio, where Pump delivered an unofficial commencement address and answered questions from Harvard students.

You can check out his speech in the video above, and clips from the event below.