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Watch Chance The Rapper cover Stevie Wonder at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk

Chance The Rapper at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk | photo by Claire Harbage for NPR

Imagine how good a Chance The Rapper Tiny Desk performance would be. Now multiply that goodness by at least ten, and that’ll give you the performance’s true value. Chance stopped by the NPR Music offices last month and took the acoustic session series to places it hadn’t seen before. His quick set, out on NPR Music’s site Wednesday, consisted of one tune from his world-dominating 2016 release Coloring Book, one poem he wrote on his way to the office that day and one Stevie Wonder cover. Continue reading →

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Firefly on the Fly, Day Three: Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan, Mondo Cozmo, Kesha, Bishop Briggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more

Chance The Rapper | Firefly Music Festival 2017 | Photos by John Vettese

Day Three of the Firefly Music Festival brought out superstar performances from Bob Dylan, Chance The Rapper, and The Weeknd, but it also brought out some of Philly’s finest including Mondo Cozmo, Chill Moody, Hardwork Movement, Vita and the Woolf, and a DJ set from the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff. Some great sets by Bishop Briggs, Sunflower Bean, and Kesha. Continue reading →

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Chance The Rapper, Bob Dylan and more locals than ever will play Firefly 2017

Chance to Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Chance to Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Man oh man is this gonna be sweet. Firefly Music Festival’s 2017 lineup just tripped down the wire, and it is stacked, per usual. Coming to The Woodlands in Dover, DE this summer will be The WeekndMuseTwenty One PilotsChance the Rapper and goddang Bob Dylan. The festival takes place June 15th through June 18th and passes are available here. Continue reading →

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Happy Holidays from Chance the Rapper! Listen to his Merry Christmas Lil Mama EP

Chance the Rapper | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Chance the Rapper capped off his year, or so we thought, last week, by tearing up Studio 8H; surrounded by artificial snowflakes and some of his best friends he got even the scroogiest of folks into the Christmas spirit after performing “Same Drugs” and “Finish Line/Drown,” and celebrating our last Christmas with Barack Obama.

He decided his year needed a tree-topper however, so he and Jeremih dropped Merry Christmas Lil Mama, a Christmas mixtape dedicated to all the black women back in Chicago; if you need a little hip hop and R&B added to your Christmas playlists, look no further than here. The tape serves dual function; instrumentally, it has the jovial, warmhearted nature of every other Christmas album, but also is grounded in the realities and stressors of the season. You always wind up having to buy a lot of gifts for a lot of people, you always wind up reflecting on the mistakes you made, you long for your loved ones, and especially in 2016’s case, you really just want the whole thing over with as quickly as possible. Continue reading →

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Watch Chance the Rapper totally own last night’s SNL in sketches and songs

Chance the Rapper on SNL | still from video
Chance the Rapper on SNL | still from video

Typically, Saturday Night Live’s final episode of the year is massive. It’s where the writers, players and guests pull out all the stops before taking a month off. And last night was no exception, particularly on the musical front.

Chicago hip-hop king Chance the Rapper – whose excellent Coloring Book was recently named The Key’s top album of 2016 – made his return to Studio 8H after debuting on the show just over a year ago. Backed by a glorious big band, Chance performed “Finish Line / Drown” from Coloring Book with guest vocals from fellow Chi-town rapper Noname and “Same Drugs” with a surprise piano solo from Francis & The Lights.



Chance also showed up in two sketches — he’s in D.M.C. attire for Keenan Thompson’s digital short “Jingle Barack,” spoofing Run D.M.C.’s “Christmas in Hollis” — with the lyrics instead taking a comical look at the final Christmas with President Barack Obama in office.


He also appears for a quick moment in a Christmas pageant sketch alongside host Casey Affleck and cast members Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong.


Listen to Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book here.

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Chance the Rapper, David Bowie top nomination list for 59th annual Grammy Awards

Chance to Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Chance the Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning, ramping up excitement for the February 12th ceremony.

As expected Adele has received several nominations including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Hello,” while her third LP 25 is up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Chance the Rapper and Anderson.Paak will vie for Best New Artist, with the former appearing again on both the Best Rap Performance shortlist for “No Problem” and the Best Rap Album shortlist for Coloring Book, while the latter’s Malibu appears in the Best Urban Contemporary group against Firefly Music Festival stand out Gallant and his Ology.

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Made In America Day Two: Chance the Rapper, Coldplay, Gary Clark Jr. and more

Chance to Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Chance to Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

The day was warm and dry and the Parkway was stacked with fierce performances for the second day of the fifth annual Made in America festival.

Opening with Playboi Carti, closing with Coldplay, featuring standout sets from Chance the Rapper, carnivalesque indie rockers  Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, guitar god Gary Clark Jr., hip-hop sensation Desiigner, punk rock troubadours Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, hardcore heroes Touche Amore and so much more — not to mention celebs in the audience from Jay Z and Beyonce to former president Bill Clinton — it was a day to remember and then some.

Check out photos below, check out our gallery from day one, and look for a full review of the festival later in the week. Continue reading →

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Rihanna, Coldplay, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Chance The Rapper, Grimes, Car Seat Headrest + more playing Made In America

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Coldplay | press photo by Julia Kennedy

Here’s your Made In America lineup: Coldplay, Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, DJ Khaled, Jamie XX, Gary Clark, Jr., Lil Uzi Vert, Gallant, Car Seat Headrest, Kevin Devine, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Grimes, ColleGrove (Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) and more.

It’s happening September 3rd and 4th on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 22nd through Tidal at 10 a.m. General public on-sale is June 27th at 10 a.m. Continue reading →

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James Blake unleashes video for “Life Round Here” Remix featuring Chance the Rapper (Blake plays Union Transfer 11/04)

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Singer-songwriter/producer James Blake has released his new video for his collaboration with Chance the Rapper on the “Life Round Here” remix. The original track is featured on Blake’s latest LP, Overgrown. A sense of trespassing is felt as Blake and Chance ride around and attract stares from everyone they pass on the streets. This eerie feeling is enhanced by the black-and-white effect, Blake’s airy vocals, and Chance as he warns: “save yourself first”. Watch the two discuss their collaboration and see the spooky product below.