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Chance the Rapper, we heard earlier today, is heading to Saturday Night Live on Dec. 12, the evening Chris "Thor" Hemsworth plays host. Now we've learned, via Chance's Twitter, that he's "the first independent (& far from last) musical guest" the show has invited in its 40-year history. The 22-year-old Chicago kid (and new dad) released his first set in 2012 and has not signed with a label since.

He also said there's a "very special performance planned" and closed things out with the hashtag #thirdmixtape. Is the follow-up to 2013's Acid Rap—one of the 10 best tapes of the last 10 years, hands down—around the corner?

Performing in Austin in October, Chance rapped a new song featuring the line "new album alert," wrapping the performance with a tossed-off, contextless "third mixtape." At the end of the month he debuted "Angels" on Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It seems the signs are all pointing to what we'll call Chance III for now.

While Chancellor has only done two solo releases, Acid Rap and 10 Day, he also played a major role in May's Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment debut, Surf, and dropped a collaborative freestyle mixtape with Lil B in August.