Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper is headed to the IU Auditorium on Oct. 29 to start Halloweekend on a high note. Hailing from Chicago, Chance is undoubtedly influenced by the local rap scene, and in an interview he said that Kanye’s debut album, The College Dropout, was the first album that he had bought.
In 2011, during his senior year in high school (yes if Chance was like the rest of us he would be a college senior) he was suspended for 10 days and during that time, he recorded his first mixtape, 10 Day. Since then, Chance has been steadily become a well-known name in the rap/r&b scene, especially after being featured on Childish Gambino’s Royalty, and then opening from Gambino during his tour in 2012.
In April 2013, Chance dropped his first full-length album, Acid Rap, receiving praise from his original listeners as well as all the fans that led to the album going double platinum. Since then, Chance has appeared on track by everyone from Mac Miller to Gambino, and he returned to the big stage in his hometown this past summer, playing at Lolla. His smart lyrics, tight delivery and original beats make Chance one of the most exciting and fun young artists to listen to and watch perform
Last week, Chance announced that he’s working with his band, the Social Experiment, on a new album called Surf. He explains that the album will be more soulful than Acid Rap, and the album, which he describes as a “project” will be ready to download for free by the end of the year.
After hosting Young the Giant just a week and a half earlier, the auditorium should get ready for another unforgettable performance by an artist that’s just going to get bigger and better.- Jessica Yarvin
Everyone in the building who is unfamiliar with Kiesza is in for an absolute treat tomorrow night.
Let’s look over the budding superstar checklist:
Score a number one single in Europe? Check. Her single “Hideaway” along with its’ incredible video, dominated the summer overseas.
Have collaborations with some of music’s biggest names? Check. Her vocal was featured on the first Jack U (Skrillex and Diplo) single and they have more tracks slated to come out. She also dropped collaborations with Harlem’s rap prince Joey Bada$$ and Mick Jenkins.
Cover a song and out-do the original? Check. Her stripped down version of Haddaway’s “What Is Love” a.k.a. the head-bopping anthem from A Night at the Roxbury, equally shows off her soaring vocals and innovative musical mind.
Kiesza is on the verge on becoming a worldwide pop superstar and she is gracing the stage as an OPENER tomorrow night! *that’s pretty cool*
This will be something to remember and I have a feeling it won’t be long until she sheds the “supporting act” label for good.
Young & Sick
Oh yeah and Young & Sick will be there. They should be an impossibly smooth opener; if you need evidence of this, check out their track “Willow” and other must-listen-to tracks from all three artists on tonight’s lineup in the playlist below!-Kevin Hyland
Check out Kevin’s interview with Brett Bassock, the guy who made this all happen.