‘I was never awakened by the twisting of a doorknob / benzos kissed me goodnight / the bars finally stopped working.’ Chance read from his poem “The Other Side”, something he wrote custom for this NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
Before being interrupted mid-poem by the office PA system, Chance performed a soulful rendition of “Juke Jam”, as well as the 1974 Stevie Wonder song ‘They Won’t Go When I Go.’ With Nico Segal formerly known as Donnie Trumpet and fellow band members of The Social Experiment and We Are Third Story at Chance’s back, the group’s performance is joyful and filled with passion.
The performance took place in the midst of Chance’s post Coloring Book ‘Spring 2017 Tour,’ performing for over 23,000 people just the night before in Bristow, VA. Having brought in big names like Run The Jewels, Sampha, and John Legend previously, the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert series continues to bring in acts both big and small in the Hip Hop world and beyond into a unique space where artistry and intimacy is championed.
Chance recently earned the BET Humanitarian Award for putting up $1m to fund inner city Chicago schools and gave a powerful speech which has subsequently been doing the rounds on social media. He also appeared as guest star on the season debut of MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, helping the show reel in massive views. No doubt, the 24-year-old artist from Chicago is on a roll, and with another brilliant showing, Chance The Rapper continues to show his purity in how he carries himself on the mainstream level.
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