Chance the Rapper brings his Social Experiment Tour to Vancouver [Review/Photos]
Vancouver, BC - Chance the Rapper is everything that is right about the rap new school right now. He has a fresh and eccentric way of expressing himself, his live performances are captivating and unique and all around his message is positive.
The Social Experiment Tour hit the stage at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom to a crowded dance floor of starry-eyed babes, psychedelic substance lovers and straight up Acid Rap fans. From the jump Chicago Jukers DJ Rashad & Spinn took over the stage and the crowd simply couldn’t keep their eyes off of them. For those who weren’t aware of this duo, they were quickly introduced to the current state of Juke.
In came Chance with a four-piece band and full crowd introduction “Chance The Rap-per” chanting like they were waiting for a homerun at the World Series. His saucer eyes peeped the crowd briefly before bouncing from left to right stage like an animated character. For such a young MC, his repertoire is certainly entertaining and on-point. He has the showmanship of Chuck Berry, the innovativeness of Miles Davis and the playfulness of a Danny Brown, Lil Wayne hybrid. I mean, who is doing anything like this right now? On top of that, his band is outstanding and with the addition of the trumpet, it put them a foot above the rest.
Chance started out on a mellower tip. Tracks like “Pusha man” and “You Song” showcased his diversity in recorded tracks versus live performance but he quickly kicked it up into high gear by bouncing his way across the stage, smoke in mouth, showering the crowd with bottled water. If this was the circus, Chance was the Ring Leader and he had the whole audience in the palm of his hand.
“Juice” “Favorite Song” and “Cocoa Butter Kisses” put the crowd into their own good Acid Rap trip. “I feel like Drake right now. Should I keep going?” Chance inquired with the floor as left and right side screens flashed the words “Do You Want To Hear One More Song?” No need to ask, the people knew what they wanted and Chance was the only thing that would suffice.
Performance wise, this kid is only going to get better and stronger. If the Social Experiment was to introduce the hip-hop world to a stew of fresh creativity, soul and proper live presence, Chance is some kind of Mad Scientist prodigy. With such a short career under his belt this young MC is steady about to make the whole industry take notice and if his live shows advance in the way they are going there is no stopping him until every mind is blown.
Review written by KassKills for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada