Chance the Rapper at First Avenue, 12/9/13
Photo by Erik Hess
Chance The Rapper
Photos by Erik Hess
When Chance literally leaped onstage to the familiar opening of "Good Ass Intro," the cheers and screamed lyrics began and didn't cease through the duration of the show. He started out solo, running around the stage and spitting his fluid raps with the trademark snotty melodies and spitfire energy that propelled him quickly to the deserved position he earned this past year.
Having honed a style that naturally walks the line between bar-heavy chop-rapper and from-the-soul harmonic crooner, he effortlessly played both parts and highlighted each aspect depending on what would make the particular song stronger. Perfectly synced to every song, the background visuals varied from black-and-white T&A to cartoons to Chief Keef videos. He left briefly after a few songs and returned with a band, including two keyboardists, a drummer, and a trumpet player. The vibe shifted to find Chance playing bandleader, belting lines to the rafters and getting jazzy with his melodies. Bands can sometimes take attention off rappers that utilize them, but Chance maintained his formidable stage presence with Chi-town dance moves and continued joviality.
Photos by Erik Hess
Chance left and returned solo again for "Smoke Again," "Juice," and "Favorite Song," a stretch that brought the audience to a frenzy. The bass was gigantic and Chance proved that he could operate without assistance, although he pulled the move of letting the crowd finish his lines too often. He left once more but came back for "one more song" that turned into several more, and he closed the set on some of his best tracks to huge cheers. A consistently energetic and fun presence, Chance the Rapper held the crowd and put on a solid, impressive performance from front to back. DJ Rashad and Spinn returned to close out a gigantic night.
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