Even though he had just performed for over 23,000 people at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA, Chance The Rapper looked a little taken aback when he rolled into the NPR Music Offices for his Tiny Desk Concert performance. Although he said he was a fan of the series, he also remarked that he didn’t realize it was “actually in an office,” something he would soon become aware of.
After introducing his band, Chance got his Tiny Desk set kicked off with the laid back love song “Juke Jam” from his Grammy-winning 2016 mixtape Coloring Book. Wanting to try something new, Chance then announced that he would read a poem--one that he wrote, according to NPR Music’s Robin Hilton, on his way from the hotel to the NPR Music offices--entitled “The Other Side.”
A quarter of the way through the poem, Chance learned that he was indeed in a working office when a page came over the intercom. After cracking a joke, Chance began again and delivered the thought provoking poem. To close out his set, Chance and his band performed a stirring rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “They Won’t Go When I Go,” which Chance dedicated to a friend who had just lost someone. You can check out Chance The Rapper’s entire Tiny Desk Concert below.