Y’all already know I go up for Chance the Rapper and naturally, I had tickets to his Family Matters Tour. His second show of the tour was last night in St. Louis at the Pageant and it was lit.
Opening the show was Towkio and I’m grown enough to admit I hadn’t heard much of his music beforehand. However, his energy was so contagious I had to look up some of his projects immediately after the concert. ]
Next, was DRAM – naturally everyone was waiting for his hit single “Cha-Cha” but in the true spirit of performance and artistry he performed some of his just as dope but lesser known tracks in a way that engaged the crowd and solidified our fandom. And of course, he closed with Cha-Cha during which I was able to get a good two step in Jesus’ name.
When Chance finally came out not only was the crowd hyped but you could tell Chance was ready to give a great show. With cohesive lights and visuals and the accompaniment of Donnie Trumper and the Social Experiment he performed hits from #10Day and Acid Rap in a way that was both entertaining and deeply personal. He closed the concert with “Wonderful Everyday” a rendition of the children’s show “Arthur” repeating the line “Everyday…could be wonderful.”
And last night, everyone in the crowd believed it could be.
Sources close to Chance the Rapper say that Chance is planning some power moves.
After he released Surf with his band, The Social Experiment, he made it clear he wasn’t afraid to do something bold. More recently he’s released dates for his “Family Matters” tour which some suspect was inspired by the baby he has on the way with longtime girlfriend. Today, Chance made history dropping six tracks on Soundcloud in a collaborative effort with Lil B.
But a close source to Chance the Rapper says he’s been in talks with major artists like Kanye West, mulling over the idea of a Chicago artist based mixtape.
Let that rest in your spirit for a moment.
I’m hoping it’s true. The surprise releases today from Lil B and Chance have me hopeful.
And his song with up and coming artist Kehlani called, The Way, is a great hit; her sultry verses against his playful lyrics guarantee you’ll have it on repeat.
A few weeks ago Chance The Rapper announced that he was in the process of curating the first annual Teens in the Park festival in Chicago. Chance The Rapper is an artist that tries very hard to give back to his community any way that he can. In 2014 Chance was awarded Chicago’s “Outstanding Youth of the Year Award”. The plaque he was presented with by Mayor Rahm Emanuel read, “for your outstanding contributions to the youth of the state of Illinois. You have given yourself to the upward mobility of young people throughout the state of Illinois.” Chance The Do-gooder is still at it with the T.I.P. Festival for the youth!
The festival put on by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District took place yesterday afternoon in Northerly Island. The T.I.P. Fest was free for youths ages 13-24. The show was hosted by Phenom of Poetree and Malcom London. Performances from a few local artists included DLow, Logan, and DJ Chante’. The festival also hosted a few extra activities put on by the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and Donda’s House. The real surprise was Chance bring out Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick performed “m.A.A.d city” and “i” with Chance. Those fan’s got a great free show. Chance definitely knows how to keep his fans happy! Watch Chance and Kendrick on stage below courtesy of J. Krown.