Chance the Rapper

Chance explains Chicago political system in new video

Chance the Rapper has released a new video poking fun at Chicago’s Aldermanic System. The 15-minute video shows Chance as an investigative reporter for Chicagoist, Champ Bennett, who interviews pedestrians, candidates for Chicago’s upcoming Aldermanic elections, and Hannibal Buress, who is a cynical 75-year-old Alderman named Al Durham. Watch it all below.

The video shows Chance discussinga the role of Chicago’s Aldermen, who governs the city’s 50 wards. Chance explains that many of the factors that are preventing younger and more diverse candidates from being elected are that candidates cannot run if they have been convicted of a felony, or if they owe a penny of debt or tax dollars to the city. Chance replies to these rules with, “wow, that shit sounds racist.”

Chicago’s Aldermanic elections are February 26, 2019.

SBTRKT remixes Chance the Rapper’s “All We Got”

SBTRKT has released a remix of Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book‘s “All We Got” featuring Kanye West and the Chicago Children’s Choir. Listen to it below. SBTRKT wrote in the description of the track on Soundcloud that he’s had the remix “on my drive for a year or so,” and received the vocals from Chance and his management in 2016.


Watch Chance the Rapper talk Mayweather vs. McGregor on ESPN

Chance the Rapper appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” for an interview last night. He talked with hosts Michael Smith and Jemele Hill about the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight tonight. The rapper also supported Colin Kaepernick by wearing a t-shirt with the football player’s image and saying he’s “another person who believes Black Lives Matter, and he’s kind of being punished for it.” They discussed Chance’s 2016 ESPY Awards performance which honored Muhammad Ali. “One thing that I pull from [Ali], and I think Floyd also does, is his sheer confidence,” Chance said. “That’s why I respect Floyd. That’s why I love Floyd—his gall.” Watch the segment below.

Chance the Rapper meeting with Illinois governor this week

After Chance the Rapper won three Grammys last weekend, Illinois governor Bruce Rauner shared his congratulations publicly. “Illinois is proud that you’re one of our own,” he tweeted. To which Chance replied, “Thank you Governor, I would love to have meeting with you this week if possible.” That meeting will take place this Wednesday. The administration confirmed the meeting to the Chicago Tribune. See Chance the Rapper and Gov. Rauner’s tweets below.

Bon Iver/The National’s Eaux Claires Fest announce lineup

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner have announced the lineup for their third Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, which is to take place June 16-17th in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as Stereogum reports. Chance the Rapper, Wilco, along with Jeff Tweedy’s side project Tweedy, Feist, Paul Simon with yMusic, Danny Brown, Perfume Genius, and more are set to play. Additional performances listed include “Bon Iver Presents John Prine and the American Songbook,” and “Big Red Machine,” a collaborative performance from Vernon and Desnner with guests, based on their song of the same name from the compilation Dark Was the Night.

Even though the lineup has not yet been officially announced, booklets featuring the lineup were mailed to people who had ordered tickets already. Check out an image/tweet below.

Chance the Rapper Remixes “Arthur” Theme Song with Stephen Colbert, Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley, Chance the Rapper, and Stephen Colbert have shared their version of the “Arthur” theme song, which was originally written and recorded by Marley, in a new video. Watch it below. Chance has loved the “Arthur” theme and that affection goes back, he used to cover it at his shows in 2014. He released his version of it on SoundCloud that same year.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Redbone – Childish Gambino

2. Blessings – Chance the Rapper

3. Ivy – Frank Ocean

4. Warm On A Cold Night – HONNE

5. Friends (feat. Bon Iver) – Francis and the Lights

6. Alaska – Maggie Rogers

7. Surprise Yourself – Jack Garratt

8. Evil – James Vincent McMorrow

9. Yours – SG Lewis

10. Touch – Shura

11. Slip – Elliot Moss

12. Caves – Haux

13. Painting Greys – Emmit Fen

14. Plastic – Moses Sumney

15. I Don’t Know – Nick Hakim

16. The Big Unknown – Elder Islands

17. The Light – Jordan Rakei

18. Addicted – Iman Omari

19. B4 The Night is Thru – Jesse Boykins III

20. Cut Off – Muhsinah