Chance the Rapper is not one to be shy about his admiration for his hometown of Chicago. Over Presidents Day Weekend, the Windy City’s favorite son pulled out all the stops during his halftime performance at the 2020 NBA All-Star game, proctoring a performance chock full of heartwarming moments.
Accompanied by a full live band and gospel choir, Chance runs through a 12-minute medley of some of his biggest hits. Right out the gate, Lil’ Wayne appears onstage to perform his verse from “No Problem.” After being joined by a troupe of dancers for TikTok-hit “Hot Shower,” Chance brings out Quavo and DJ Khaled for their hit single “I’m the One.”
Chance closes the set with a somber rendition of “I Was A Rock,” dedicated to late NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Wayne—with Lakers jerseys wrapped around his legs—pays tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant during his guest verses, changing his lyrics to “Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant and his daughter, blood.” The halftime performance is Chance’s first since canceling his previously-postponed The Big Tour, which reportedly had low ticket sales despite The Big Day debuting number two on the US Billboard 200.
MTV’s Punk’d returns in 2020, this time chartered by none other than musician and activist, Chance The Rapper. The series reboot is expected to take a 10-minute format on the upcoming mobile video platform Quibi, which debuts in April.
“Punk’d is one of MTV’s most iconic franchises,” says Chance on the opportunity. “I grew up watching this show and it’s surreal to be in the driver’s seat this time around on Quibi.”
Punk’d reached the peak of its prank-driven glory in the early 2000’s under the tutelage of Ashton Kutcher, before being briefly revitalized in 2012 and 2015. Chance may’ve started as a rapper, and always be one at his core, but it’s clear that the Grammy-winning artist has also secured the earned of Chance the Entertainer and Chance the Philanthropist, as he’s scheduled to receive the UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Award early this year as well.
Weeks before the impending release of his ninth studio albumJesus is King, Kanye West has taken his Sunday Service live series to his hometown Chicago. The rapper also tapped fellow Chicago-native Chance The Rapper for his verses from The Life of Pablo‘s seminal“Ultralight Beam.” Despite the rainy conditions, Chicago’s Sunday Service remained a momentous affair nonetheless, with choir members geared up in rain ponchos. Other tracks on the setlist included “Jesus Walks,” “Father Stretch My Hands,” and “Drop It Likes Its Hot.” West has notably brought his Sunday Service to Easter Sunday mass at Coachella Weekend Two for an unforgettably holy conclusion to the festival.
Chance released his highly anticipated debut LP The Big Dayin July. He announced show postponements to 2020 for the majority of his dates for his album tour, following the birth of his second daughter, Marli.
“When Kensli was born, I went on tour 2 weeks later and missed some of the most important milestones in her life, but more importantly I was absent when her mother needed me the most. At this point as a husband and father of two I realize that I can’t make that mistake again. I need to be as helpful and available as possible to my wife in these early months of raising Kensli and Marli”, Chance wrote on Instagram.
Chance’s appearance starts around 28:30, or watch the full performance below.
Lido‘s been keeping busy outside his solo pursuits by stepping deeper into the hip-hop world. Shortly after the release of Chance The Rapper‘s long-awaited album debut, The Big Day, the Scandinavian prodigy took to social media to share a photo of himself and Chance after spending some studio time together penning “Get A Bag.”
When listening closer to ‘Get A Bag,’ Lido’s imprint can be heard inside. The underlying track is naturally a bit more stripped down and subtle in order to allow Chance’s verses to shine, but it stands in line with Lido’s love for off-kilter bass arrangement and use of multiple instruments to add dimension to the finished product. It’s also mixed to balanced perfection; a usual standard Lido follows. Lido and Chance have a long documented history of making great tunes together, and “Get A Bag” is a worthy addition to the pair’s joint canon.
Chance The Rapper has released his highly anticipated debut LP, The Big Day—a culmination of his successful seven years side-stepping major labels to become a pinnacle of hip-hop success.
The 22-piece LP is nearly an hour and twenty minute-long reflection of Chancelor Bennett’s past, and the the path that led him to becoming the independent stalwart in the hip-hop world that he is today. Featured artists include CocoRosie, Randy Newman, Timbaland, Shawn Mendes, Pi’erre Bourne, Lil Durk, MadeinTYO, DaBaby, Murda Beatz, Nicki Minaj, Megan Thee Stallion, and Gucci Mane. Through Chance’s playful cadence and bouts of soul and gospel, The Big Day looks to make an impact; it comes after a noteworthy legacy of numerous successful mix tapes releases including 2013’s Acid Rap and Coloring Book in 2016.
Chance The Rapper has been teasing the long-awaited follow up to 2016’s Grammy Award-winning mixtapeColoring Bookfor the better part of the year, though he’s largely kept the LP’s details close to the vest. Without much more info than the fact that the collection is being marketed as Chance’s debut album (his first three releases were all mixtapes), and that it would be landing sometime in July, the Chicago-native emcee has kept the hip-hop world eagerly at the edge of its seat for most of 2019. Now, following an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that aired on July 16, Chano has revealed the record’s name, artwork design, and official release date.
— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) July 17, 2019
The Big Day will land on July 26, and the album is available for pre-order here. It is worth noting this is the first time Chance The Rapper has ever sold a project—his first three mixtapes were given away as freebies. Now, with The Big Day‘s release date officially revealed, the wait is nearly over for one of the most anticipated LP’s of the year.
2019 remains a cursed year for Woodstock 50 as the anniversary event continues to face logistical nightmare after logistical nightmare. The festival, which according to the official website’s live countdown still takes place in a month and still boasts acts like The Killers, Dead & Company, Jay-Z, and Chance the Rapper, lost its original venue at the Watkins Glen Raceway in NY earlier this month. In more recent news, the proposed celebration of peace and culture was denied a permit at the much smaller Vernon Downs Raceway just this week.
Woodstock 50’s have five days to appeal the decision, but Oneida Country Administrator Anthony Picente Jr. stated that the chances of the festival happening at Vernon Downs is “highly unlikely.”
Woodstock 50’s organizers released a statement following the
“In response to the denial of an event permit by the Town of Vernon, Woodstock 50 believes certain political forces may be working against the resurrection of the Festival. Local reports claim Woodstock’s filing for the permit was “incomplete” but that is not the case. Woodstock 50 officials were informed by the Town of Vernon that most questions had been answered and asked only that Woodstock submit medical, safety/security and traffic plans by this past Sunday, which it did. With a venue chosen, financing assembled and many of the artist’s [sic] supporting Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary event, the organizers are hopeful that their appeal and reapplication tonight will prevail without further political interference.”
The festival, which was originally planned as a 3 -day event including camping, is now being pitched as three 1-day events where attendees leave and return each day. Woodstock 50’s fate may be up in the air, but as the festival website’s live countdown insists, time is ticking…
Chicago’s Chance the Rapper is giving the people what they want this summer. In addition to launching the pre-order for his impending LP, or as he recently referred to it, his “Owbum,” due this July, he’s brought two of his widely revered mixtapes, Acid Rap (2013) and 10 Day (2012) to major streaming services. The mixtapes were previously only available via SoundCloud.
Both bodies of work, in addition to his third mixtape, Coloring Book (2016), are also available for vinyl pre-order via his website. The “Cocoa Butter Kisses” rapper is also offering fans a chance to secure access to his world tour pre-sale. More information on how to enter is available here.
Between his Super Bowl televised, Doritos-sponsored sighting alongside the Backstreet Boys this past February, Chance has also appeared on tracks in recent memory with the likes of Ed Sheeran, 2 Chainz, and YBN Cordae.
Recently, when JAY-Z was crowned hip-hop’s first billionaire, the estimated totals of his investments surfaced, revealing that the mogul has more than five times the amount of money invested in his alcohol ventures than he does in his own music catalog. If nothing else, it proves alcohol can be lucrative as hell, but it may also mean that the artists and business managers we revere for their passion and creativity have more to offer than just the next record or tour.
Enter Tim Smith and Pat Corcoran, two of the most respected artist managers in the game—the brawn behind Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, and others. The pair linked to create No Fine Print in February 2018 alongside Chicago sommelier Ryan Arnold, diversifying their respective portfolios by launching an unconventional wine brand that doesn’t take things too seriously. Now, they’re hitting the wave of canned spirits with Lil Fizz.
Lil Fizz (12% ABV) is a canned white wine, made from a blend of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, crisply carbonated and primed for the summer swelter.
Corcoran explains in a press statement,
“Summers in Chicago are short, so you gotta take advantage of every minute you can being outside and with friends. Whether it’s a concert or backyard BBQ, the last thing you want is a hot drink, which is why the can and the volume work so well.”
Ahead of Lil Fizz’ debut, the wine brand has carved out a reputation for procuring a libation that’s free of any pretentious connotations or ego. So while Smith and Corcoran may acknowledge the best parts of JAY-Z’s playbook, their product will never be the next Armand de Brignac champagne—and they’re more than fine with that.
Chance The Rapper is responsible for bringing back Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets after tweeting a positive affirmation that acted as the catalyst for the brand to dangle these flavorful, bite-sized morsels on a stick. The rapper tweeted:
Positive Affirmations for today: I WILL have a good day, I Will succeed today, Wendy’s WILL bring back spicy nuggets at some point please please Lord let it be today.
— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) May 4, 2019
Wendy’s responded to the Chicago rapper’s positive affirmation:
Y’all keep asking, so here’s your chance. The people in charge say if you guys can get our tweet (this one right here) to 2 Million likes, they will bring SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS BACK. Let’s freakin’ do this! https://t.co/qrtvWXjj9V
In about a day and a half, Chance fans and those who yearned for the spice that left the Wendy’s menu in 2017 reached 2 million likes. The fast-food brand ecstatically responded, letting everyone know that the spicy chicken nuggets were officially back.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Spicy Chicken Nuggets are coming back! Y’all are crazy! That took like a day and a half! WHAT?! We don’t know when yet, gotta figure it out, but soon, and ok, LOSING IT RIGHT NOW THIS IS AMAZING!!
There has been no official date for when the hot chicken will hit the grease bucket; however, it’s safe to say Chano spoke this fast food treat into existence. He also took the opportunity to speak about his new album in the midst of all the excitement using the hashtag #spicychickennuggets. The LP will be dropping in less than two months.