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Watch footage from the first night of Chance The Rapper’s ‘Be Encouraged’ Tour

pic via Sunnywithachancetherapper

Last night, Chance The Rapper’s Be Encouraged Tour kicked off in San Diego, and from the pics and video that have been shared it looks absolutely insane. From the stage set up to the lighting, they truly went all out. But would you expect anything less from Chano?

Hopefully we’ll get the same show when he takes over Lollapalooza in August — but I’m guessing he’ll have something else up his sleeve for that. Complex compiled a slew of videos from last night’s performance, including some footage of him running through “Waves.”

Watch down bottom.

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Chance The Rapper adds King Louie & DJ Oreo to ‘Be Encouraged’ Tour

Whoa this is crazy. Chance just announced the direct support for his Be Encouraged tour, which kicks off this weekend in San Diego and runs through June, with select dates in the Fall. The adds? King Louie and DJ Oreo. Very, very dope to see both of these guys along for the wild ride that will be Chance’s first headlining stadium tour.

Amazing. Congrats to all parties involved.

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Chance The Rapper named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 most influential people of 2017’

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After the excellent and groundbreaking year that Chance The Rapper has had (and we’re only four months in, sheesh) it’s only right that Time Magazine has named Chano as one of their 100 most influential people of 2017 — an honor held by dignitaries, world leaders, and various celebs over the years.

For his debut entry, Time had fellow Chicagoan, Common, pen the dedication. You can now read it below, and check out the entire list right here. Congrats on another big W, Chance.

Years ago, my grandmother asked me to call her friend’s grandson. “I want you to give him some words of encouragement,” she said. “He wants to be a rapper.” She gave me his number, and I left him a message. I told him to keep following his dreams. Then I forgot all about it.

Years later, my teenage daughter played me a new mixtape she loved from an artist named Chance the Rapper. There was something unique and soulful about it—I could tell he really knew hip-hop. And when I first met him, I realized that he knew me too. “You won’t remember this,” he said, “but you called me when I was a kid.”

Chance upends expectations about what artists, ­especially hip-hop artists, can do. He streams his albums instead of selling them. He makes music from an unapologetically inspiring and Christian perspective—music that transcends age, race and gender. He gives back to his Chicago community. And he does it all as an independent artist, without the support of a label.

I’m glad Chance followed his dreams. I hope he always does.

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Taylor Bennett drops a birthday surprise for Chance The Rapper on “Only Brother (A Special Remix)”

Produced by Ludlow

There’s nothing stronger than brotherly love. Trust me, or just ask my brother. He’ll tell you. Well today, two of Chicago’s most famous brothers, Chance and Taylor Bennett, are celebrating the Easter Holiday with their family and loved ones. But today is a Holiday that doubles as a double Holiday as today is also Chano’s 24th birthday — yes a true day for celebration.

In dedication to his big bro, Taylor blesses the world with a gift we can all share: “Only Brother (A Special Remix),” produced by Ludlow. A gift for his brother and his fans, “Only Brother,” chronicles their brotherly love as well as their rise to fame and helping each other along the way. It’s a beautiful thing.

Listen below.

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