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Recap: Chance The Rapper Proves Faith And Hip-Hop Go Hand-In-Hand At RapCaviar Live

Chance the Rapper, Shek Wes, Tierra Whack, and more lit up the house at Spotify's RapCaviar Live event on Sept. 29.

If you wanted to end your weekend on a high note and start a new week on the right foot, you should have been at Spotify's RapCaviar Live event last night (Sept. 29). The annual concert, which was held at Coney Island's Ford Ampitheater in Brooklyn, NY was the perfect blend of uplifting energy, good tunes, and a little bit of gospel. And the captain of good vibes last night, was none other than Chance the Rapper. Through a medley of hits – from his latest projects to the Grammy Award-winning album, Coloring Book – young Chano flawlessly demonstrated why hip-hop and faith can be a perfect match.

It's no secret that Chance is anchored in his faith. Both through music and public speeches, the Chicago native has been very open about his own ideologies. During his performance last night, his conviction came through in the form of dance and simply put, just a really good time.

Following engaging performances by Tierra Whack, Sheck Wes, and other surprise guests (Young M.A. and Jim Jones popped out during a DJ set), the lights dimmed once again, signaling Chance's long-awaited act. Soon after, Chance rocketed from the right-end of the stage as his live band began playing "All Night," the Kaytranada-produced single from 2016's Coloring Book. He then transitioned into "Angels" (which originally features Saba), where fans eagerly joined him in yelling his signature squawk – the one that kind of sounds like a mix between a bird's call and a person yelping after burning their hand on something really hot.

 

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Chance really took fans to church during his performance of "Blessings." Sure, it's not really hard to feel moved with strong, organ chords playing in the background or lyrics like "I'm gon' praise Him, praise Him 'til I'm gone" echoing through the arena. Even so, the effect it left on the sea of fans seemed to be genuine.

It may have been that everyone in the audience was a diehard fan or that they all simply loved the song, but almost instantly, hands shot up to the sky, cellphone lights were twinkling and everyone sang as Chance delivered his 'sermon.' "When the praises go up, the blessings come down," fans sang, pointing their index fingers up to the pavilion-covered sky, before pivoting them down to their laps.

Chance's word shined through once again during his part of Kanye West's 'Ultralight Beams," which gained major attention on 2016's The Life of Pablo. The rapper joked that this may be the only song that some of the people in audience knew, which is probably why he ran through his verse twice. Unfortunately, the instrumentals were just a little too loud to hear Chance on stage at the time, but it didn't matter because fans filled in the blanks. As he built up to the middle of his long-winded preaching, more fans joined in, waving their arms in a fan-like movement towards the stage. "You can feel the lyrics, the spirit coming in braille Tubman of the underground, come and follow the trail," everyone exclaimed.

Chano also delivered upbeat renditions of his latest single "I Might Need Security," "Juke Jam," "Summer Friends," and more. And while his set only seemed to last an hour, he left the audience feeling rejuvenated and thankful to have made the journey.

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