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.
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“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.