Chance The Rapper became the second independent artist ever, following only Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to perform on Saturday Night Live last night. It was a huge honor and so well-deserved for Chano, who has helped paved the way for so many independent artists, and joins a very exclusive list of SNL hip-hop performances.
Accompanied by Donnie Trumpet and other Social Experiment friends along with a whole gospel-esque choir, it was a hell of a performance. Everything was very to a T and full of soul, excitement and a certain magical holiday energy.
Chance's first performance was a debut of a new song, 'Somewhere in Paradise', featuring R&B legends Jeremih and R. Kelly. The latter didn't join Chance on SNL, but Jeremih came out to perform it with Chance. It's a song that has been a long time coming, with live versions having surfaced on the internet and hype surrounding it. Here's the SNL performance, an old live version, and... our Song of the Week!
'Somewhere in Paradise' is our Song of the Week, but we can't simply ignore Chance's other performance. Chance added a little something to his 'Sunday Candy' encore in the form of another verse. And, he took the opportunity to namedrop Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer who shot and killed Laquan McDonald.
Truly a landmark night for Chance and independent music as a whole.