Chance the Rapper debuted a spiritual, jazzy new single, "Blessings," Thursday on The Tonight Show. He followed the broadcast by tweeting the cover art and release date (May 13th) for his long-awaited third mixtape, 3.
May 6, 2016
"When the praises go up, the blessings go down," Chance proclaimed during the song, which he unveiled with help from his band, Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, vocalist-collaborator Jamila Woods and gospel singer Byron Cage.
Wearing a hat marked "3," Chance alternated between rapped verses and soulful crooning. "I know the difference between blessings and worldly possessions," he flowed over a minimalist groove, interjecting with George Clinton-esque shouts of "Good God!" Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, even more psyched than usual, crashed the stage after the song, saying, "I didn't want it to end!"
The gospel-styled, stage-stuffed performance recalled the grandiosity of Kanye West's February SNL rendition of "Ultralight Beam," which featured a scene-stealing Chance cameo.
Last month, Chance released a partly animated clip for "Angels," which found the rapper soaring around his hometown of Chicago like a hip-hop superhero.