Lollapalooza has announced some hella decent aftershows for this year's fest. From big rooms to intimate venues, artists like Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar are keepin the party goin' all night. There's damn near 40 aftershows, pre-partys, and such, but here are a few we think you should know bout.
A Chance The Rapper x Jeremih collab not only seems like a natural fit given the two rising stars share a hometown base here in Chicago, but also is a mix that I think would work, and one that I'd like to hear being fans of both the rapper and the singer. ...Then throw in Canadian duo Purity Ring and I don't know what to expect. Three different styles and genres in one studio? That happened at Soundscape Studios recently and I really look forward to the end product of this "Social Experiment", as Chance calls it on Instagram.
I feel like our audience is more atune to Chance & Jeremih, but perhaps not Purity Ring? Whatever the case, if this is new or old to you, press play on my favorite Purity Ring record "Odebear" below. This was a gem in my rotation last year and a track that still doesn't feel old to me today.
Here is a standout track off Alex Wiley's new mixtape today, a sequel inspired by the original: "Spaceship II". It should go without saying that the original is Kanye West's "Spaceship" featuring Consequence and GLC. It's most fitting that the latter, GLC, is on this 2013 version with two of the city's hottest up and coming rappers: Wiley and Chance The Rapper. Gotta love the subtle nods to the original, with the same theme and complimentary new production all reigning supreme. All parties involved do their thing and I especially like the intensity that Alex Wiley delivers. This is an instant *Tibs Fav. and must-have in your rotation. The next, natural move is to then vibe with Club Wiley in full, and you can do just that here.
I gotta be honest and say I can’t think of an artist in the past few years that really made me want to listen to the same tracks “over and over again and need more”. Chance the Rapper is the DAMN TRUTH. I’m not going to go over every track and all that in this review. It’s alot easier to explain it this way. I’m the type of guy that HATES the typical “rap”. Rhymes about hoes, guns, money, drinks, etc. I want to hear an artist reveal themselves, and what they’ve been thru in a creative way. If all you’ve done is “bang bitches, and shoot people”, yea that’s “real” but I just don’t relate to it personally. It’s dope for a club but it won’t connect with me on that level.
Chance reminds me of how I want my radio to be remembered. “Different”, and “Evokes Emotion”. His signature yelp is catchy. But, it’s his music that infuses singing, instruments, raps, and the way he assembles his songs are just raw. To be honest, it comes off like he’s freestylin his music. Meaning, he’s having fun and not everything needs to sound perfect cause he’s just being him. Music about drugs, his suspension, missing Prom Night, his relationship with this Dad, his friends. I get and relate to all of it. I truly regret not catching both shows this weekend.
Both shows sold out in less than 1 hour did ya know that? Every single kid knew every word, and the range of emotions were all over from “turnt up shit”, to artistic chill poetic rhymes that make you think “WTF”. If you were at the show big Shout to the “Turn Up Turnips”! Hilarious!
Chance the Rapper is that dude in a year where we all say “I remember when he performed at Reggies or Jugrnaut”. As we see him on MTV Cribs or some show like that.
As Sir Michael Rocks wrapped up his short yet hypey set, the all-aged, sold out audience at the Metro began Chance chants in anticipation of seeing the young MC, fresh off the release of Acid Rap - the mixtape that is already, most definitely the mixtape of the year. DJ Oreo played a few jams to keep the energy up - that is, until he experienced some technical difficulties which left the Metro in brief silence (before the Chance chants picked up again). But they figured it out, threw up the score of the Blackhawks game (3-1 at the time), and Chance strutted on stage in his go to tie-dye hoodie and LDRS fitted.
Chance kicked off the set with a few tracks off 10 Day, including an energetic performance of "Hey Ma." If I hadn't known better, I might have thought the song was ten years old the way the audience was vibing along, singing every word. And we were just getting started. The drop down visualizer faded out of the music video for "Hey Ma" and into psychedelic visuals that looked something along the lines of a breathing tie-dye blanket. It was tight... It was Acid Rap time.
Beginning with "Good Ass Intro," Chance played damn near every track off Acid Rap, bringing out Vic Mensa for "Cocoa Butter Kisses" and Noname Gypsy for "Lost." But there was no stealing the show from Chance. Handling the crowd like a seasoned vet, I beg to differ with anyone who'd say they had more fun than Chance. Between teaching the crowd a lil dance he called "The Twist" and introducing a couple computer generated friends known as the "Turn-up Turnips," Chance danced and jumped across the stage - never missing a cue. Finishing the first leg of his set with at least a dozen of the Save Money Mafia goin' ratchet as hell for the banger "Fuck You Tahm Bout," Chance walked off stage for a cigarette, or a blunt, or whatever it was before returning to the Chance chants calling him back for an encore.
With DJ Oreo still on the decks, Chance then introduced a drummer, two synth players, and a dude who killed it on trumpet. They jumped back into Acid Rap with "That's Love" and a passionate, almost tear inducing version of "Paranoia." As he finished the final lines of "Paranoia," the crowd - who was turnt up for the majority of the show - began clapping. Not cheering. Not chanting. Not dancing. Just clapping. It was hard to tell if Chance was wiping away sweat or tears from his eyes as he came out of the emotional trance he'd escaped to for that song. Shivers shot down my back, and looking around, it was clear that Chance had just struck an emotional chord with just about everyone in the smoke filled room. "Thank you guys for everything," Chance said before finishing the night with a couple more Acid Raps.
Last night was the first of two sold out shows at the Metro - crazy. Dude's not legally allowed to drink and he's already selling out one of Chicago's most well known venues. There's been a lot of talk as of late 'bout how Chicago is set to take the top spot in hip-hop... As far as I'm concerned, we're already there. But if Chicago is about to blow up, then Chance is screamin' "BOOM CHICKA BOOM."
Happy Mother's Day everyone! Time with the fam is lovely today and I'll count my blessings for days like these. Days like these though don't have to be once every May. It's one of many days we could show love and special attention to our moms! I gotta send a personal shoutout to Mama Tibs (she checks GWHH daily!) — thank you for everything :)
And of course, for all us hip hop fans it's only fitting to drop a trio of mama-dedicated hip hop tracks, both old classics and new, for Old School Sundays. Up above: ...you already know. 2Pac paved ways with "Dear Mama". Down below: Kanye West's emotional performance of "Hey Mama" at the 2008 Grammys (still get chills from his delivery and the simple aesthetics of the visuals). Also, a new classic: Chance The Rapper's "Hey Ma". I have a feeling this won't be the only year we talk about Chance's ode, that he released for Mother's Day last year. We'll be talking about "Hey Ma", and for that matter, Chance for years to come.
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Kanye West "Hey Mama" @ 2008 Grammys
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Chance The Rapper "Hey Ma" f/ Lili K & Peter CottonTale (2012)