It’s been a roller coaster of a ride for Chance The Rapper since he released his monumental album Coloring Book last May. It accomplished a host of firsts for Chance, becoming the first streaming album to chart on Billboard’s Top 5 and the first streaming album to collect a Grammy award. Chance parlayed all of that success into a massive tour and later his first No. 1 record with DJ Khaled, Quavo, Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber.
It’s understandable that Chance hasn’t had the time to put together any new music in the interim, but he apparently has been working because when he took the stage to perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, he debuted a brand new unreleased track to the world alongside Daniel Caesar — one that he wrote just this past Saturday specifically for the show. As Chance tells Colbert, he couldn’t perform “Grown Ass Kid” and cited personal reasons that he didn’t go into during the interview, so he decided to keep his appearance on the show special.
It’s not a first for Chance, who used Colbert’s show to premiere the Coloring Book track “Angels” back in 2015, so while other artists use Soundcloud or their own Apple Music radio shows, apparently Colbert is Chance’s go-to platform for debuting new music.
What’s next for Chance is anybody’s guess. With no label to govern him and no ties to any streaming service to restrict him, his next move could be literally anything. The last time he was following up a critically acclaimed album, he dropped the experimental Surf with his buddies The Social Experiment, so who knows at this point.
Chance also sat down with Colbert for a chat before his performance, talking about his efforts with schools in Chicago, his thoughts on joining the political realm, and his connection with his faith. He even breaks off a piece of his favorite hymn for Colbert, who never hesitates to bring religion into the show and give it a different spin than it normally gets on television.
(Via The Late Show)