It is clear that family is extremely important to Chance the Rapper. He often brings up his kin in his music, and he even decided to name his most recent tour the "Family Matters Tour." According to XXL, Chance brought his energetic, inclusive show to New York City's Terminal 5 on Friday with opening guest Towkio, an artist also on Chance's label. The young rapper/singer opened the show with tracks from his recent mixtape .wav Theory. After an exciting set, Towiko was succeeded by D.R.A.M. The R&B/Soul artist took the stage at 8:30, having dropped his most recent EP GAHDAMN, the same day! D.R.A.M. went through cherished tracks like "Caretaker" and even brought on A$AP Ferg as a special guest.
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The event's audience was diverse to say the least. Everyone from bearded Brooklynites to Suburban parents crowded in Terminal 5 Friday night to hear Chance perform his music live. Evidently, his soulful, introspective music invites fandom from listeners all across the spectrum.
As the New York Times reports, after a slew of exciting opening acts, Chance's backing band (and a highly popular act of their own right), Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, took the stage to prepare for the set at 10:30. As soon as the young rap star joined them, cellphones spangled the audience, as everyone wanted to capture this stellar performance.
Chance was just as visceral and energetic as many had hoped. He performed classic Acid Rap songs and danced around in a wild, unpredictable fashion.
Hip Hop royalty Jay Z, Usher and Beyonce were spotted in the crowd, enjoying Chance's breathtaking performance.
The night was extremely inclusive, and rang true to Chance's "Family Matters" theme. At the show's conclusion, he told the crowd "This is your show! This is your iTunes, your ticket, your f*cking show!"