Sunday night, Kristyn and I had the opportunity to see Chance the Rapper perform in St Louis. Chance is probably one of my Top Five performers, right now, because of his mix of music, performance, and positivity. Right now, when things can seem a little bleak at times, it's really great to have music that can pick you up and dust you off.
Sunday's show exceeded my expectations. Chance performed songs from Acid Rap, Coloring Book, Surf (backed by The Social Experiment), and even a few miscellaneous tracks from others' projects ("Waves" and "Ultralight Beam" from Kanye's The Life of Pablo and "I'm the One" from DJ Khaled). He also had an incredible production behind him; I expected lights and large screens, but was surprised by the number of pyrotechnics also employed. It was remarkable.
Chance the Rapper is an evangelist, not only of The Gospel (many of his songs reference his faith) but also in the power of music. You can tell that Chance is someone who leaves it all on the stage, taking his passion for music - what he clearly believes to be his purpose in this world - and spreading it to everyone in the room, whether it's to one person or 18,000. In his own words, "Music is all we got / so we might as well give it all we got." And he did, raising the entire crowd up with him.