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Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper

Chance The Rapper, Metro Boomin, D.R.A.M., Towkio 

When: Mon., Nov. 9, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $39.50



THE RITZ, RALEIGH—The critical hubbub around 2013's Acid Rap propped up Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, or Chance the Rapper, as the next Kendrick, the next Kanye, the next big thing. From Pitchfork and Rolling Stone to the thirstiest rap blog, consensus-makers participated in what a truther might have called collusion.

Chance has since made millennial marks of us all: With a near-nonexistent 2014 musical output, he left already drooling journalists in the unflattering position of feverishly covering his every move. For his hip tunes and positive vibes, Chance even earned an award from Obama-blessed Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose administration has otherwise waged war against the city's youthful rap scene.

In 2015, Chance has yet to deliver a follow-up to Acid Rap that fulfills the prophecy of his purported greatness. Much fuss was made over his involvement in Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment's Surf, the highest-profile iTunes freebie since U2's Songs of Innocence debacle. The genre-bending project featured semi-covert appearances by Erykah Badu and Busta Rhymes. Later, a collaborative, freestyle-centric mixtape with prolific rap mystic Lil B landed with conceptual fanfare but quickly faded into the cloud. The excitement behind both projects appears to have been but a mirage; neither stands to rank highly on year-end lists.

Chance deigned to drop a single, the peppy "Angels," last week. In a curiously traditional move, the song arrived via a live performance on Stephen Colbert's new Late Show. The track blends gospel with tropical, making for a soulful mix that might potentially be too busy for vocals. But Chance rises to the occasion with rapid-fire lyricism, offering nods and call-outs to Kanye, Chief Keef and other Chicago rap icons.

In many ways, "Angels" feels less like a sequel to Acid Rap than an extension of Surf, suggesting that the latter project might be considered the follow-up to Acid Rap after all. "Angels" boasts the same unpretentious dysfunction. But that's beside the point now, anyway: There's too much cachet riding on this one for him to fail. When his next mixtape drops, get ready for another Chi-town love-fest. With Metro Boomin, D.R.A.M. and Towkio. 8 p.m., $39.50, 2820 Industrial Drive, Raleigh, 919-424-1400, —Gary Suarez

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