Last Saturday, Saturday Night Live (SNL) invited Chance the Rapper as their musical guest. SNL is an almost historic comedy night where comedians and guests perform skits live on television as they read their jokes from cue cards and perform these scenes for the first time. At the end and in between skits, a musical guest performs. In the recent past, they’ve invited The XX, A Tribe Called Quest, and Kanye West. Chance is the most successful independent artist out there: breaking all the rules, preserving his creative production, denying every label’s offer (as artistically expressed in radio hit, “No Problem”), performing his unapologetic art, and supporting other artists through features, collaborations, and shared performances.
Once Casey Affleck introduces Chance, he brings all his energy to the tube with his red overalls and iconic “3” cap. With Christmas around the corner, Chance chooses to perform “Finish Line/Drown” and even comments how much he loves being able to say “Jesus” on network television. This comment identifies how others are unable to freely praise their religious savior on network television. Then Chance surprises us by bringing Noname to the stage. Noname is an astounding poetic rapper, dropping mics from the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. She is featured on many of Chance’s songs, as a fellow talent from the same hometown, and I absolutely adore her. Seeing her on television brought tears to my eyes as I saw an up-and-coming artist get national, broadcasted love. It is never easy to make it in any line of work, but music is more than work. It is your rawest self being put on display for others to tear apart, re-interpret, and judge.
As I simp about how beautiful it was for Chance to invite Noname, watch the SNL performance below and make sure you listen to Noname’s debut mixtape, Telefone and Chance’s latest mixtape, Coloring Book.
Check our other feature on Chance’s Christmas gift this year.
Just in time for the holidays, two of the leading talents from Chicago Chance the Rapper and Jeremih are soundtracking our festivities with their Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama mixtape. The nine tracks play on classic Christmas tunes with a spin of juke, soul, and slow jams. Also along for the ride are unlisted features including fellow Windy City locals Noname and Hannibal Buress, rounding out the warm collection of tracks.
Stream Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama below.
Savemoney general Joey Purp has unveiled the first music video from his impressive debut project, iiiDrops. The Knox Fortune-produced cut features fellow Chicago artist Chance the Rapper, culminating in a high-octane track. Directed by Weird Life Films, the similarly energetic visuals follow Joey, Chance, and Knox doing donuts in the parking lot with beautiful women at their side.
Join in on the Savemoney fun below and revisit iiiDrops.
Chicago continues to pump out gem after gem with their wide range of talent. While we await her upcoming Heavn debut, Jamila Woods has teamed with Chance the Rapper to deliver “LSD,” a soulful trip tapping production from oddCouple. Woods sets the scene with her soft, passionate lines before delving into a smooth hook. Chance, who delivers poetic verse of his own, also handles the beat with ease.
The duo has linked a few times in the past, with Woods delivering iconic hooks on Surf‘s “Sunday Candy” and most recently appearing on “Blessings” from Chance’s Coloring Book. Check out their latest offering below, and stay tuned Heavn, out July 11.
Jamila Woods: Twitter // SoundCloud
Chance the Rapper: Twitter // SoundCloud
oddCouple: Twitter // SoundCloud
Savemoney summer is in full effect—following recent drops from Joey Purp and Vic Mensa, Brian Fresco of the Chicago collective is prepping his next mixtape, Casanova. While we wait for the project to drop, Fresco has debuted his latest single, “Higher,” a bouncy track featuring production from Trevor $. Also along for the ride is Chance the Rapper, who delivers a sweet verse of his own, as well as Blue Hawaii, who ties the track together with their chilling vocals on the hook.
Get hyped for Casanova below, out July 5. If you’re in Chicago, catch Fresco with the Savemoney crew performing at the Portage Theater on July 7.
Brian Fresco: Twitter // SoundCloud
Chance the Rapper: Twitter // SoundCloud
Blue Hawaii: Twitter // SoundCloud
Trevor $: Twitter // SoundCloud
Chance the Rapper is gearing up to get back on the road with his Magnificent Coloring World Tour, supporting his most recent offering, Coloring Book. The tour kicks off mid-September in San Diego and wraps in San Francisco late-October. Following his Family Matters Tour and Magnificent Coloring World event in Chicago, this is one you don’t want to miss.
Lil Chano from 79th will also perform at Outside Lands in San Francisco, Summer Set in Minneapolis, and Philly’s Made in America.
Pre-sale tickets for North America are currently live via Citibank, with general sale on the way this Saturday. Stay tuned for updates on the European shows later this week and who’s joining Chance on tour.
Magnificent Coloring World Tour:
09/15 – San Diego, CA – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
09/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
09/18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
09/20 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
09/21 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
09/25 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
09/27 – Toronto, ON – Canada Echo Beach
09/29 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
10/06 – Washington, D.C. – EagleBank Arena
10/07 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
10/08 – Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theatre
10/10 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach
10/13 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras Ballroom
10/15 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
10/16 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
10/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Mesa Amphitheater
10/21 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Following the release of his latest mixtape, Chicago’s mogul Chance the Rapper has unveiled the next set of visuals from Coloring Book. The 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne-assisted track is another anthem combatting the standards of the industry. Directed by close collaborator Austin Vesely and Chano himself, the video is an overall feel-good experience, topped off with cameos from Young Thug, DJ Khaled, and more.
Check out the adventure below and expect Coloring Book to drop on all remaining platforms tomorrow.
Chicago collective SaveMoney continues their winning streak with their latest track, “Girls @.”As Joey Purp and Chance the Rapper take turns on the mic over groovy production from fellow Chicagoan Knox Fortune, this one is sure to have you dancing.
“Girls @” is the second single we’ve heard from Joey’s upcoming iiiDrops album, alongside “Cornerstore” featuring Saba and theMIND. If these two tracks are any indication of what we can expect, Joey and his crew will only continue to climb the ladder.
Vibe out with Joey and Chance below, and peep the tracklist for iiiDrops.
- “Morning Sex” (Prod. OddCouple)
- “Girls @ feat. Chance the Rapper” (Prod. Knox Fortune)
- “Money & Bitches feat. Mick Jenkins” (Prod. Ducko McFly)
- “When I’m Gone” (Prod. The Gift)
- “Photobooth” (Prod. Garren)
- “Cornerstore feat. Saba & theMIND” (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
- “Say You Do” (Prod. Knox Fortune)
- “Godbody” (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
- “Kids” (Prod. Knox Fortune)
- “Winners Circle feat. Vic Mensa” (Prod. Thelonious Martin and Smoko Ono)
- “Escape” (Prod. The Gift)
Chicago moguls Chance the Rapper and Saba just debuted the music video for their most recent collaboration, “Angels.” Director Austin Vesely follows the duo around the Windy City with Chano (literally) atop a CTA car, while Saba keeps the energy going inside with help from Ian Eastwood, D-Low, and many more talented dancers. With an extra flair of animation from Hebru Brand Studios, this is a fun ride you won’t want to miss.
Chance also appeared at the SoundCloud Go launch party last week in New York where, in addition to performing a few fan favorites like his verse on “Ultralight Beam” and “Angels,” he announced his highly anticipated mixtape will be arriving this month (Source: Esquire). No further details have been released since, but it looks like we could be hearing more from Lil Chano from 79th soon.
Chance the Rapper: Twitter // SoundCloud // ChanceRaps
Saba: Twitter // SoundCloud // SabaPivot
Skrillex is back with his own twist on Hundred Waters‘ “Show Me Love.” For the wavy remix, Skrillex has gathered Chance the Rapper to deliver a poetic verse, as well as Moses Sunny and Robin Hannibal to offer additional vocals over his upbeat electronic production.
The track is currently available for download via Loveback, as well as all major digital outlets. Loveback donations will help fund FORM Arcosanti, a free festival founded by Hundred Waters, and will allow donators an opportunity to win a pair of passes to attend!