Chance The Rapper Headlines Day One of Governors Ball Music Festival
An unsigned artist winning multiple Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap performance seems improbable, doesn’t it? Not for Chance The Rapper. Chance, who only releases music on streaming services like Spotify, performed at the Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall’s Island on June 2nd, 2017 in New York City and was one of the most-anticipated acts of the night next to names like Kehlani, Lorde, and Charli XCX.
Chance The Rapper headlined the first day of the event infusing Sunday gathering vibes with his unmatchable energy. During the hour and 10-minute set, Coloring Book, his Grammy-winning project, is front and center while treasures from Acid Rap like “Favorite Song” and “Cocoa Butter Kisses” are used to get the crowd vibing with Chance’s music. Additionally, Chance made sure songs from all of his previous projects were included to showcase the strides he has made in the music industry. With crowd favorites like “Sunday Candy” from Surf, “Smoke Break” and “Angels” from Coloring Book, Chance The Rapper’s only goal was to give the audience a show they would not forget. In an effort to accomplish this goal, “Same Drugs” was performed as a sentimental tribute and the show was brought to a close with “Blessings” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
While Chance The Rapper is still classified as an up-and-coming artist by many, mainly due to his decision to release free music indecently, it is abundantly clear that Chance has made it in the music industry. Two years ago, Chance The Rapper was relatively unknown to the masses, having released Surf for free on iTunes in May of 2015 as part of a collaboration with Donnie Trump and The Social Experiment. Fast-forward to June 2017 and Chance The Rapper is featured in television advertisements, a Grammy winner, and tapped to headline the opening day of the Governor’s Ball in New York City. If there is one thing any aspiring musician can learn from Chance it is that hard work and dedication will pay off even if the way to success is unconventional.
Article by Tess Hanson