Manhattan hotspot SOBs was absolutely packed for the first night of Chance The Rapper‘s two-night stand. A few minutes before 8, a line was already wrapped around the block. The crowd was overwhelmingly young, and lighters were confiscated at the door to discourage smoking inside. The show didn’t start until an hour after it was originally scheduled. For the first half of Chance’s set he performed solo. During the second half he was joined by a keyboard player, a drummer and the trumpet player Nico Segal (credited on Chance’s 10 Day mixtape). This was Chance’s first official show in New York, and he was incredibly humble and grateful about it. This is also the beginning of his Social Experiment Tour, which will stop across the country at city venues and college campuses alike. Chance was full of energy and often diverged from his mile-a-minute verses to dance along with his band all over the big stage. By the end of the set it felt like Chance had reached a milestone in his career—the look on his face was one of disbelief and awe. He tried out three new songs after the official set list had finished, one of which was the 10 Day Outro which had the band channeling a jazzy, Robert Glasper vibe. This show was dope!
Words and photos by Angel Eugenio Fraden.