Saturday September 24th, 2016 was a magnificent day for Chicago music fans.
Amid rising success, Chance the Rapper returned to his hometown to put on the first music festival ever to hit the South Side of Chicago.
This event was absolutely incredible. With a lineup that boasted John Legend, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, 2Chainz, Skrillex, and a surprise appearance from Kanye West, spending one day inside U.S. cellular field gave fans a star-packed lineup many people would go to a three-day festival just to see.
Here are the best three moments, ranked:
3. Chance’s colorful and magnificent set
Chance had plenty of opportunities for guest appearances during his set, but surprised everyone by taking the crowd on a solo-journey through almost every song on Coloring Book and Acid Rap.
The set had a loose narrative led by a cartoon Lion, who helped him spread messages to the crowd about the blessings that are coming for all of us. There were a few parts of his time on stage that felt out of place and confusing, but you just have to remember that HE’S ONLY 23 YEARS OLD. So young and ripe!
2. John Legend and Common perform Glory together
John Legend delivered his set beautifully, never even breaking a sweat. His stand-out moment came with Common, who stopped by to the surprise of everyone. They performed their track Glory and honored the victims of Chicago shootings. The moment was so powerful that everyone raised their fists in solidarity. It was chilling and humbling.
- Chance the Rapper and Kanye West perform Ultralight Beam
Of course, the best surprise moment was when Kanye hit the stage. People absolutely lost their shit and started jumping fences and portapotty’s just to get down to the ground floor and closer to him. When Kanye and Chance performed Ultralight Beam together, Kanye’s smile was so big as he was beaming proudly at Chance it made everyone’s heart melt.
Wow. In the middle of a city that’s experiencing some of the worst gun violence in the country, Chance gave hopeless Chicagoans a reason to smile and look towards a better future. I can only hope that Chance continues to play by his own rules and bring beautiful things to the music world.