Chance the Rapper.
I have so many things to say about this guy but we’re just gonna stick with the show for now.
I’ve been a Chance fan for a minute now. My best friend who still lives in Chicago, (where I’m originally from) first told me about him a couple of years ago. BUT she introduced me to his backing band first, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment. They have a song on their record called Sunday Candy which features Chance on it. I really dug it and she told me that Chance has his own stuff and I really liked it. So when I heard that he was coming to Vancouver, I knew that I HAD to go.
So I did.
chance the southside rapper
Admittedly, part of the reason that I love Chance so much comes from the fact that he is just so Southside.
For those that may be unfamiliar, the term ‘Southside’ refers to the Southside of Chicago. It’s the part of the city where both Chance and I are from. The area is predominately African-American and is filled with culture, art, great food and incredible people. The Southside often gets a bad rap because so much of the violence that takes place in the city of Chicago takes place in this area. Yes these crimes happen and they do happen on the Southside. However, there is still so much joy and beauty happening there and I think Chance does such a good job highlighting this.
Throughout his show, he celebrated his city and celebrated being from the Southside. His music so reminds me of hot summer Sundays in church on the Southside, with sticky skin, humid breezes and the choir showing no signs of stopping the song they’ve been singing for the last 10 minutes. His joy was so real and infectious. And it made me so freakin’ happy.
are you ready for your blessing?
On the last track of Coloring Book, Chance samples a song that was basically a major part of my childhood. In it he asks if you’re ready for your blessing and for your miracle. At first this seems like no big thing but when you consider the context in which he is asking this, it begs for a moment of pause. What he’s asking if people are ready to receive all that God has for them. He’s asking if people are ready for what’s in store for them in their futures. He’s asking people who may never set foot in a church ever if they’re ready to receive from God. To do this with finesse isn’t easy and many may criticise him for this; but I personally find this to be incredibly liberating and freeing.
Too often I think the Church falls for this idea that Christians should only make their art in church and yet they can limit what this looks like. This defeats the point. If you truly are focused on reaching out, then your art should be excellent and presented outside of the church context. Chance does this well. In his latest project, he proclaims the goodness of God and uses gospel music to share this message. Yet even above this, he realises that he has his opportunity and he takes it. He created a moment where it felt as though he was speaking to every single person in that room and shared this:
did you know,
that your blessing,
it ain’t for sale,
but it’s coming.
did you know.
that your blessing,
it ain’t flesh
but he’s coming.
you need to talk to ’em
It was a moment to be there knowing full well that people were experiencing the love of God in that moment. It was a moment to hear someone reminding me that my blessing is coming. At the time, I didn’t realise just how that moment would impact me. Yet through the ups and downs of my week, I found that I was reminding myself that my blessing was in fact – coming.
I just have to be ready.
Until Next Time,
Peace & Harmonies