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Chance The Rapper moved to the Town Ballroom

Update: This show has been moved to the Town Ballroom.

Chance The Rapper

Thursday, November 7

syt6On his acclaimed mixtape Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper sings about dropping LSD and losing himself in the nostalgia of his childhood: “I miss my diagonal grilled cheeses/and back when Mike Jackson was still Jesus,” he sings on “Acid Rain.” The irony is that at only 20 years-old the Chicago rapper is not so far from childhood, though his rap skills could pass for a wise veteran’s. Acid Rap is full of psychedelic, low-key rap tracks that filter hip hop, jazz, classical music, gospel, and house through a smokey, sentimental lens. With his nasally delivery the rapper, real name Chancelor Bennett, matches wits with fellow up-and-coming rappers like Ab-Soul, Childish Gambino, and Action Bronson on tracks like “Favorite Song,” and “NaNa,” which samples a funky bass line that might sound familiar to A Tribe Called Quest fans. On a brand new remix of James Blake’s “Life Round Here” the rapper some how manages to improve an already exceptional track by adding a rapid-fire verse that still leaves room for Blakes slow burning vocals. This year alone he’s appeared on tracks by artists like Hoodie Allen Joey Badass, Action Bronson, Mr. MFN eXquire, and even Lil Wayne. The Rapper will make a stop in Buffalo withDJ Rashad and Spinn who recently collaborated on Rashad’s latest album Double Cup; a jukey mix of ghetto house and footwork that breathes new life into the genres. Don’t miss Chance The Rapper with DJ Rashad and Spinn at the Town Ballroom on Thursday (Nov 7).

– Cory Perla

7pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / $20 advance, $25 day of show