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Chance The Rapper Will HOST ‘Saturday Night Live’ on November 18

posted by Oscar October 30, 2017

Chance The Rapper – Austin City Limits Festival 2017

It seems that Chance The Rapper’s career only seems to get better and better as time passes… Saturday Night Live has announced its lineup for the first weekends in November and with that we found out that Chance will be HOSTING their November 18 episode.

That date will be a Hip Hop affair, as Eminem will be performing as the musical guest… We can only hope that a live collab is in the works! We’ll definitely be tuning for this iconic-moment-in-the-making episode. Chance has been kind of a regular on SNL since debuting on the show in 2015, with the Chicago star previously aiding Kanye West to perform “Ultralight Beam” and having a couple of other appearances as the musical guest.

Prior to that episode, November 4 will see Larry David host as Miley Cyrus performs, and the super hilarious (also, bae) Tiffany Haddish will host the November 11 episode with Taylor Swift as the musical guest.

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Video: Chance The Rapper Debuts New Track with Daniel Caesar on ‘Colbert’

posted by Oscar September 26, 2017

Chance The Rapper’s appearance on this week’s opening episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert aired moments ago and with it came a new song from the Chicago artist. Chano debuted the yet-untitled track tonight, on which he collaborates with Daniel Caesar. The incredibly intimate lyrics shows Chance revealing personal struggles with fame and its effect on those closest to him, along with other existential concerns. “The American dream, may you never wake up” is one of the many fine, fine lines on this one.

Chance demonstrated he stands firmly on a whole other level these days, taking to national broadcasting as his means to premier his latest work! S/o to the homie for this move. Not only that, but as he exclaimed in his interview with Colbert earlier in the broadcast, the song was written just a couple of days ago! Honestly, this is one of the best things he’s ever written, and if this is the direction that he’s going with for his next project, then we can expect something that can empower an argument saying Chance is the best rapper alive.

Check out the performance above. See below for the panel interview. Continue Reading

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Jamila Woods Shares Video for “LSD” feat. Chance The Rapper; ‘HEAVN’ Available in Physical Copies

posted by Oscar August 15, 2017
After premiering her new music video at a premiere party at the House of Vans, Chicago’s Jamila Woods has now publicly shared the visual for “LSD.” The clip for her collab with Chance The Rapper was directed by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students, in a project together with Chicago-based VAM Studio.
The three forces came together and conceptualized the “LSD” video to include aspiring filmmakers from CPS, ultimately selecting one student’s idea and brought it to life. Ashley Huicochea, a senior from Prosser Career Academy, and was able to shadow the directors (Vincent Martell & Sam Bailey of VAM Studioon the set during the shoot, while the six student runners up were able to shadow other key parts of the production. See the full list of finalists below.
Along with that release, Jamila Woods’ debut LP, HEAVN will now be available to purchase for the first time via Jagjaguwar and her original label home, Closed Sessions. Get your copy, in a variety of formats and packages, here.
Check out Jamila’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Our Favorite Moments from Lollapalooza 2017

posted by Oscar August 8, 2017

I’ve been going to Lollapalooza every year since 2011 and in that time I’ve been lucky enough to see at the multi-day festival held at Grant Park some amazing sets from legendary acts, as well as witnessing the rise of acts that have gone on to become some of our favorites today. This year’s edition sure added more fun memories and great performances, so below I’ve highlighted the moments that have stood out the most from my time at Lolla 2017.

See the list below. Continue Reading

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Video: Kendrick Lamar Brings Out Chance The Rapper in Chicago

posted by Oscar July 28, 2017

Kendrick Lamar’s The DAMN. Tour hit our city of Chicago yesterday and for his crowd at the United Center, K. Dot surprised fans by bringing out hometown hero Chance The Rapper during his set. Chance came out to perform his song “No Problem.” Check it out above via our affiliate podcast, 93 ‘Til.

With this act, Kendrick returned the favor of when Chano welcomed him to the stage when the Chicago rapper held his TIP Fest back in 2015. Continue Reading

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Chance The Rapper and Young Thug Share New Song “Big B’s”

posted by Oscar July 15, 2017

Chance The Rapper has shared his new collaboration with Young Thug, entitled “Big B’s.” The surprise drop comes just in the middle of warm weather season, offering us a new joint to fuel some more fun in summertime Chi (or wherever you may be).

It should be noted that Chano dropped this one on Soundcloud, which he declared “is here to stay” after talking to founder Alex Ljung in the aftermath of news having spread that the streaming platform’s financial struggles would force it to shut down. “Chano for Mayor” of Soundcloud!

Check out the new track below. Continue Reading

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Video: Chance The Rapper Performs for NPR ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ Series, feat. Stevie Wonder Cover

posted by Oscar July 5, 2017

Chance The Rapper’s Tiny Desk Concert

The Chicago stalwart and SoX members kicked things off with Coloring Book‘s “Juke Jam,” followed by his reciting his new poem called “The Other Side” (including an interruption via an intercom in the building), and concluding with a rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “They Won’t Go When I Go.”

See the charming performance above.

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Klangstof and Local Natives Take Over The Concord

posted by Rosario Edwards June 30, 2017

With a crowd comprise mostly of people fresh off the beach from Local NativesMamby on the Beach set, the vibes were already very intimate and laid back.

While everyone was certainly excited to see Local Natives perform in a more intimate setting, the Norwegian band Klangstof stole the show.

Drawing comparison to Radiohead, they’re synth driven rock with emotional lyrics perfectly fit the atmosphere at the Concord Music Hall. Many of their songs began with a slow burning build up that erupted into powerful empathic and chaotic release. Standouts included album single “Hostage” as well as “Sleaze” from their current album aptly titled “Close Eyes To Exit“. The band closed their set after lead singer Koen Van de Wardt thanked everyone graciously for joining in their journey as they had traveled all the way from Norway to perform here in Chicago. It was an excellent set and definitely left us looking forward to hearing more from these guys! Continue Reading

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Video: Chance The Rapper Covered “Hey Ya” and “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” at Bonnaroo

posted by Oscar June 11, 2017

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival [Source: Facebook – @Bonnaroo]

Chance The Rapper made a strong case for “artist of the year” this weekend while performing at Bonnaroo. The Chicago man participated in the Superjam where artists come together to cover songs, and for his time on that stage he decided to renditions of OutKast’s infectious “Hey Ya!” and iconic the Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg collab “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang.”

You can check clips of what went down in those performances below. Continue Reading

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‘A People’s History of Chicago’ Gallery – Closing Reception

posted by Rosario Edwards May 24, 2017

Kevin Coval has written a book of poems about the history of the City of Chicago and the influence that hip hop has had on it throughout the centuries of its existence. He’s also put together an excellent gallery featuring work from artists that contributed to his book.

Tomorrow is the last night of that gallery, and your last chance to buy an exclusive piece of work from artists like Hebru Brantley, Paul Branton, Runsy, Bianca Pastel, and Troy Scat. As well as a chance to hear a reading from Kevin, Matt Muse, Lyriq the Mi$fit, and Patricia Frazier.

This book has received the blessings of Chance The Rapper, who has been greatly inspired by Kevin, and even wrote the Foreword to the book!

It’s a free event, and an awesome opportunity to see what this city really has to offer.

Chicago Truborn (1741 W Chicago Ave).

Thursday May 25 – Readings begin at 7:30

And be on the lookout for our PoD interview with Kevin, coming soon! The man is incredibly inspiring, and just breathes positivity.

 

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Video: Francis and the Lights feat. Chance the Rapper – “May I Have This Dance”

posted by Oscar May 18, 2017

Francis and the Lights has shared the music video for his latest collaboration with Chance The Rapper. The track is titled “May I Have This Dance (Remix)” and Francis has labeled its accompanying music video the “official video sequel” to his 2016 “Friends” visual with Bon Iver and Kanye West, both directed by Jake Schreier.

Peep the wonderfully minimalistic visual, with some developing, interpretive choreography above.