Chance The Rapper Premieres A New Song About His Many “Blessings” (Video)
Jimmy Fallon said it best on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show. “People are going crazy over this tonight. The internet’s gonna go nuts for this one,” he said before introducing Chance the Rapper as his musical guest. The Chicago MC will be releasing his third mixtape – fittingly titled Chance 3 – on May 13, and he took to the late-night stage to debut “Blessings,” the tape’s inspiring lead single. Also featuring fellow Windy City artist Jamila Woods (whose name Heads may recognize from her work on Macklemore’s controversial record “White Guilt II“) and the exceptionally talented Gospel artist Byron Cage, the song is spiritual but not preachy, transcendent yet also quintessentially Chance.
For yesterday’s performance, a small gospel choir joined Donnie Trumpet as musical accompaniment, and they complemented Chance’s lyrical delivery beautifully. “The blessings go down when the praises go up,” he begins, shortly before saying “Jesus’ black life don’t matter,” a partial bar which perfectly embodies the young spitter’s ability to make listeners listen. It’s a more mature, subdued side of the Rapper, but is not at all any less creative than Chance’s previous works and with all of the palpable excitement surrounding 3‘s release, it’s exciting to think of the blessings he will bestow upon us when the day for a full-fledged studio album comes.