A Beginner’s Guide to Chance the Rapper
With the Fall Concert just around the corner, there has been a lot of buzz and excitement for Jason Derulo, but I don’t think enough attention has been given to his counterpart, Chance the Rapper. So, who exactly is Chance, and why should you be excited for him to come to campus? The 21-year old rapper is one of the hottest new artists in hip-hop, and has already been featured in songs with the likes of Childish Gambino, James Blake, and Justin Bieber. Hailing from Chicago, Chance first began seriously writing music when he was suspended from high school for a marijuana violation. The result of that ten-day suspension? His first official mixtape, 10 Day!
Following the release of 10 Day on Datpiff, Chance appeared on Childish Gambino’s Royalty mixtape, and the duo subsequently began touring together in 2012.
Chance has an incredible production style that combines the prominent Chicago jazz and soul influences with which he grew up, spacey hip-hop synths, and danceable beats. His odd vocal ability combines both singing and rapping, giving him an unusual and distinct sound. His singing works especially well when his band, The Social Experiment backs him up, as they will be when he comes to Bucknell. Check out a sneak peak of his live show below:
Riding the success of his debut, Chance headed back in the studio to record his most recent mixtape, Acid Rap, which he released in 2013. 500,000 downloads and one Lollapalooza headline later, Chance has firmly established himself as one of the premier young talents in hip-hop. If you haven’t already, I highly encourage you to download his mixtape for free here.
The Fall Concert will be this Saturday, Oct. 25th in the Fieldhouse (doors open at 6PM, show starts at 7pm). Tickets are $30 for students, and are available at the Box Office in the Weis Center lobby, the Cap Center, and online!
Photo Credit: Complex (check out their cover story on Chance here) and Datpiff