July 5, 2017


Chance the Rapper Performs NPR Tiny Desk Concert, Debuts New Poem

Noname did it, Rapsody did it; Common did it, and Gucci Mane too. Today finally came Chance the Rapper's turn to do the fabled NPR Tiny Desk concert. "I'm a big fan of the series," he told the assembled. "And I didn't know it was actually actually in a office, so this is...very uncouth."

He and his seven-piece band launched into the unlikely opening choice, the soft, sexy "Juke Jam," which features Justin Bieber on its Coloring Book iteration. They're crazy-well-oiled, almost like they've been playing festivals and sold-out stages (like the sold-out 23,000-capacity outdoor venue in Virginia the night before) for ages.

At 5:50, he stopped the music to recite his first poem "in a long time," called "The Other Side," written on the ride from the hotel to NPR's office.

To wrap, Chance & Co. did "They Won't Go When I Go," a Stevie Wonder track from 1974's Fulfillingness' First Finale

Next, watch an old-school Fuse chat with Chance the Rapper: