I feel like Chancelor Bennett doesn’t get as much credit and recognition as he deserves. Even after he’s earned credits on Kanye’s “Pablo”, spearheaded Donnie Trumpet’s “Surf” and steals the light from other rappers via features on the daily, I feel like Chance gets treated as an after-thought.
In music’s latest sprint, we were so focused on the loss of a legend, stories of plight and 20-tracks worth of self-obsessed diary entries. It’s nice, for a change, to remember that somewhere out there Chance is making music that’s up-lifting, positive, and most of all, fun.
Last night, Chance the Rapper debuted new song, “Blessings,” on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. “Blessings” is a first taste of his newest project, “3” expected to drop May 13. He commissions gospel singer Byron Cage, singer/poet Jamila Woods, Donnie (of course) and a full gospel choir for an astounding performance that I swear instantly cured my Friday hangover.
True to Chano form, “Blessings” holds soulful harmonies in the song’s backdrop to Chance’s lyrics, but the two trade off in taking center stage. Lines “Don’t believe in kings/believe in the kingdom/Chisel me into stone, prayer whistle me in song air” elevates Chance’s lyrics to a much higher level of ideation and concept. Where other rappers praise gold chains and view baby mommas/exes and children as hinderances, Chano takes a more mature route: “I know the difference between blessings and worldly possessions/Like my ex-girl getting pregnant and her becoming my everything.” Praise be to Lil Chano from the 79th.
Check out the performance below for some well-nourishing spirituals.