Chance The Rapper has emerged as one of the most positive, original and best new artists out right now. Rolling Stone christened his mix-tap the best hip hop release of the year.
The 23 year old Chicago native is absolutely killing it on his live TV performances. Earlier this year, he gave a heartfelt tribute to Muhammad Ali at the ESPYs by performing a brand new song alongside a gospel choir. On Ellen last week, he tore the house down when he destroyed a fake record label office while performing “No Problems” with 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne.
The absolute show stopping performance was when he performed “Blessings (Reprise)” on Jimmy Fallon with a star-studded cast of background singers, including Anthony Hamilton, Ty Dolla Sign, Raury, and Dram. It started out subdued, but by its conclusion, the impromptu supergroup was joined by a gospel choir, and the crowd lit up.
Chance The Rapper released his latest album Coloring Book this year to widespread acclaim.
Prior to that he’d made 10 Day a cheerful mixtape he recorded while on suspension from high school for “weed-related activities,” just before his next album Acid Rap, the bratty, beatific record that helped make him famous among rap fans and actual rappers like Kanye West. He notoriously turned down every major record label. He is anti-label and releases everything independently.
The Acid Rap album, was a reference to acid jazz, but also actual acid. “I was just doing a lot of drugs, just hanging out. I was gone all the time.”
Chance The Rapper on Ellen with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz
Chance The Rapper honors Muhammad Ali at the ESPN Espy Awards