Chance the Rapper has solidified his status as one of the most talented rappers of his generation and pioneers in the music industry over the last year.
The 24-year-old independent rapper made Grammys history in February when he won a Grammy for best rap performance for the song “No Problem,” off his hit album “Colouring Book.” It was the first track off a streaming-only album to win a Grammy.
Chance, who famously doesn’t have a record deal and doesn’t sell his albums, won two more Grammys for Best Rap Album and Best New Artist this year.
This is all to say that the self-made man doesn’t really need to pay respect to anybody. And yet, on Friday at the Governors Ball music festival in New York City, Chance took a chunk out of his headlining set to perform covers of three songs from one of his hip-hop heroes: Kanye West.
Chance played renditions of “Waves,” “Father Stretch My Hands,” and “Ultralight Beam” — all tracks from West’s 2016 “The Life of Pablo” — amidst a set full of his own mega-hits including “No Problem,” “Sunday Candy,” and “Angels.”
It’s worth noting that Chance worked on a number of tracks for “Pablo,” earning writing credits on all three of those songs, and production credits on “Ultralight Beam.”
Here’s a bit of Waves:
And Ultralight Beam:
I was too busy enjoying the show to film “Father Stretch My Hands,” but here it is at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado last month:
And bonus video of Chance coming out for Francis and the Lights’ “May I Have This Dance” (They did the song together again during Chance’s set):
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