It seems hard to believe that Chicago native Chance the Rapper is closing in on almost a decade of making music and entertaining live crowds. He’s racked up a slew of hit songs from a series of successful mixtapes, and last July he released his Billboard 200 No. 2 debut album The Big Day.
The Big Day is a joyous gospel-rap, pop-rap album that follows Chance on his wedding day. It’s a family-focused album that celebrates his union with his one true love and fans and critics alike embraced it with enthusiasm. The album also landed at No. 2 on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums ranking for the week of July 26 – August 1, 2019.
Setting his swoon-worthy romanticism aside, there are so many reasons to love Chance – including his heartfelt charitable contributions to support Chicago and the city’s youth. From gifting 300 lucky recipients with a pair of Air Jordan 11 Retro sneakers to donating $1 million to support Chicago mental health services, the successful rapper and actor continues to give back to his hometown and beyond in the wake of his success.
Chance the Rapper is performing live at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 6 (Tickets). Here are five songs we hope to hear him deliver to the HLSR crowd.
This song is the vibrant lead single from Chance the Rapper’s Grammy-winning 2016 mixtape Coloring Book. It charted in the Top 5 of Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip Hop singles and is a collaboration with fellow Chicago native rapper Saba. Hints of his gospel roots ring through the track with organs and choirs. Chance is upbeat and optimistic as he pays an ode to Chicago and his plan to “clean up the streets so my daughter can have somewhere to play.
This nostalgic track hails from Chance’s second mixtape Acid Rap. Chance contemplates his childhood while also realizing he’s growing up. It’s nice to hear Chance waxing sentimental and the track has a sweet, smooth flow. It’s a fan-favorite song that boasts a calm, sort of chill vibe as he misses his “cocoa butter kisses” in days gone by. This song feels right for setting rodeo fans swaying to the slow beat.
Chance teams up with rap legend Kanye West and the Chicago Children’s Choir on this up-tempo song from Coloring Book. During a Zane Lowe interview, Chance reveals that “All We Got” ended up being “a thesis” for the entire project. Sonically, the horns stand out on the song upon West’s recommendation to “take off all the drums.” The feel-good track is a perfect party song and a standout in his catalog.
“No Problem” is one of Chance the Rapper’s most beloved songs. Hailing from Coloring Book, it earned two Grammy nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, winning the Grammy in the latter category in 2017. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz featured on the track, which made several Best of 2016 song lists, coming in at No. 13 on Billboard’s Best Pop Songs of 2016 ranking. It’s a must-play at any Chance the Rapper live set and we hope he unleashes it with full force at RODEOHOUSTON.
Chance raps crazy-fast and turns a phrase as fast as a lightning strike in the first track on his debut album The Big Day. He kicked off a guest spot on “Carpool Karaoke” with James Corden with this song that Corden had to start over and then race to catch up with Chance (and did a good job!) John Legend is featured in the chorus and out of all the tracks on his first album, this just might be the most fun. It’s got to be amazing live and the rodeo audience should love it.