Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment Aim To Reach Victims Of Chicago Violence (Video)
Chance The Rapper and his cohorts consisting of Donnie Trumpet and the uber talented Social Experiment (SOX) have had quite the summer following the release of their successful, star studded album, Surf. The music itself hails from the artists’ experiences growing up in their hometown of Chicago, addressing the issues and penning tales of hope, inspiration, and a better tomorrow.
Chance and The SOX’s passion for the city has come with a host of evidence, beginning with the fact that Chance moved away from his year in the warmth of the Southern California sunshine just to move back to his natural place of birth. But most recently, Chance expanded on his reach by taking a host of 6-11 year old, Chicago area kids to the museum, hosted a kids only festival in Northerly Island aptly titled Teens In The Park Fest, and just yesterday announced on area network Windy City Live that he is working with Kanye West and a host of other Chicago artists on a joint project. He doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
To wrap up his time with Windy City Live, Chance, Donnie, and the rest of The SOX took center stage for all of Chicago to see once again. Instead of using the opportunity to ride the waves of his Surf project, Chance made sure his young audience knew the words and the music were all for them. Before slipping into a heartfelt rendition of his single, “Paranoia,” featured on his Acid Rap album that made AFH’s 13 Best Albums of 2013, Chance The Rapper explains exactly what the track is about. “[It’s] about the paranoia that plagues the city and perpetuates violence and causes people’s mind to be a little askew. And it’s a very important piece to me. the horns that Donnie plays between the chorus and the verse represent a memorial moment for people that have passed away.”
When most call for a moment of silence, Chance chooses to speak. A man for his people, Chance slices and serves up yet another deep, deep dish to the natives of the Chi yet again.
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