Chance The Rapper debuts new song ‘Angels’ on Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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Chance The Rapper debuts new song ‘Angels’ on Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Chance The Rapper visited The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday and premiered a new track, “Angels.” After teasing his appearance by saying he and Colbert were working on a collaboration, many fans assumed that the Late Show host would be featured on the track, but instead he wore a halo and sat on stage during the whole performance. “Me and Stephen Colbert have been working on a song together, and it’s gonna released very soon. He’s amazing,” Chance told Hot 97. “I can’t get that deep into it, but he’s amazing.” After he premiered the track, “Angels” appeared on all streaming services and was offered as a free download on iTunes. Joined by opening acts Metro Boomin, D.R.A.M., Towkio and Hiatus Kaiyote, the Chicago native brought true meaning to his Family Matters tour at Friday night’s (Oct. 23) show at New York’s Terminal 5. The exact nature of the collaboration hasn’t been revealed just yet, but given Chance is usually secretive about his up and coming projects, the comment itself comes as a surprise.

The song, sonically — it’s bright, energetic and soulful — is a bit more reminiscent of Chance’s Acid Rap jams, from 2013, than of this year’s Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment release Surf. The singer, known for his big presence and even bigger smile, treated the crowd with new tracks like “$” and “Caretaker,” and, duh, newish oldies like the crowd favorite “Cha Cha.” Naturally, the whole house was moving right along with D.R.A.M. and his exuberant persona. Chance’s debut album rumours were fuelled by a comment at the end of an untitled new song in Austin, Texas on October 10, at the end of which he says ‘new mixtape’.

Up-and-coming “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. and “What A Time To Be Alive” producer Metro Boomin’ couldn’t make the show in time because of an issue at the Canadian border. Lyrically, he addresses fatherhood for the first time (“Bring up the streets so my daughter can have somewhere to play”), while continuing to shine a light on the violence inflicted by and upon young people in Chicago (“It’s too many young angels on the Southside/ Got us scared to let our grandmommas outside”).

He opened with an affirmation: “Everybody’s somebody’s everything,” Chance crooned raspily in the track “Everybody’s Something” from 2013’s Acid Rap. From Acid Rap to Surf to Kehlani’s beloved “The Way” and BJ the Chicago Kid’s “Church,” he showcased his vast discography with an enviably persistent energy. Wearing a black Chicago White Sox hat, a white tee and khaki pants, Chance transitioned to another song of his debut, the drug-themed, innuendo-laced “Pusha Man,” and then to the mixtape’s “Smoke Again.” Chance once told MTV he was on acid about 30 percent of the time he composed his namesake mixtape, but the artist often gets deeper than just superficial smoke and chill. I’m here from Illinois, and I’m here to play you some songs off my mixtape.” Saying a lot with a little, he pointed back to the project that landed him on the map just two years ago.

The love spread throughout his performance translated not only into self-love, but also into something for the ladies, whom the 22-year-old rapper shouted out more than twice. “It’s the way you walk, the way you talk, babe,” Chance sang to his lady-fans, covering Kehlani’s chorus on “The Way,” a song on which he’s featured. Following the steamy bit, he went on about a woman who wanted to stay the night, but whom he had to ward off because “I got church in the morning.” Keeping the righteous tone, Chance smoothly transitioned into serious subject matter as he rapped “Paranoia,” the second part of the aforementioned “Pusha Man.” “They’re killing kids. Chance, who chose not to have his name featured on Surf, blended into the production, allowing the audience to indulge in blazing trumpet solos from Donnie Trumpet while he stepped back from center stage.

Chance grew up the son of two government officials — his mother, Lisa Bennett, works for the state attorney general’s office while his father, Ken Bennett, is a regional representative for the U.S. secretary of labor. Every few songs, he stopped to chat with the audience, expressing his love for New York and its constant party, shouting out to the crowd’s Chicagoans, and getting personal (“I’m a family man now”). He recently launched a citywide anti-violence campaign and when, before bringing opener D.R.A.M. onstage late, Chance spoke negatively about border patrol, he came back and admitted he misspoke. “Brothers, Sisters, Family,” Chance said, “I love you.” He then launched into a briefly sentimental moment, describing the “Family Matters” tour as a necessary part of each touring artists’ life right now.

Throughout, Chance took over the stage from all degrees of artistry, proving that he won’t, not even for a second, let your attention stray — even if it means bringing Ja Rule to the stage. Equal parts random and surprisingly awesome, Chance took nostalgia to the next level by performing “New York” (of course) and “Livin’ It Up” with the New York native whose sensitive thug appeal had a mostly millennial (and fairly bro-y) crowd off their feet.

And again, while singing his soulful, reggae-tinged rendition of the Arthur show theme song (yes, the PBS Kids television show), the packed crowd mimicked the artist by repeating “Everyday, it could be wonderful.” Chance held a rap concert, yes, but moments like these radiated powerful positivity … almost like church. There are screens showing Colbert clips, but it is not like the waiting area for “The Colbert Report” where the volume was loud enough to hear the clips and the lobby had more memorabilia. Come 11:30 p.m., Chance started to wind down the show with tracks of the same dance-laden nature like his encore, “Chainsmoker.” When the night was through and the crowd began to file out, a streaming downpour of yellow confetti covered an audience reluctant to say goodbye. The audience gets the benefit of about twice as much entertainment –from the extra time with Colbert to the live glimpses of the theater and the extra music by the band.

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