Chicago’s Lollapalooza has announced their stacked 2017 lineup! Each year they bring a massive collection of diverse artists bringing a little of something for everyone as they get great electronic, hip-hop, indie artists and more. This year it will take place Aug. 3-6 in Grant Park, Chicago.
Once again, Lolla has outdone themselves with tons of awesome artists. The headliners this year include Chance The Rapper, Arcade Fire, Muse and The Killers followed by other top billed acts like DJ Snake, Justice, Blink-182, Lorde and The xx.
It's crazy to see Chance The Rapper make his rise, selling out his own Chicago festival this past fall and now landing a top headliner spot in his hometown.
The lineup has a lot of great electronic acts including Zeds Dead, Porter Robinson, Kaskade, 3LAU, Borgore, Slander, Getter, NGHTMRE, Baauer, Alison Wonderland, Mura Masa, Gryffin, Joyryde and many more. There’s no shortage of hip-hop on the roster either as Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Joey Bada$$, Russ, 6LACK, Amine and many more will be making appearances. Some other notable indie acts include Alt-J, Glass Animals, Phantogram, Little Dragon, Maggie Rogers, and tons more.
Chance The Rapper has gained a massive, dedicated fanbase that helped his debut festival break the attendance record at the White Sox’s US Cellular field. He went on to win three Grammys after leading a charge for the awards show to allow free releases to be nominated. While his incredibly cohesive projects are what helped him win over his dedicated fanbase, the young Chicago rapper’s catalog extends beyond the three “mixtapes” he’s released for free.
Chance shows up in a big way on every featured verse. While some of his guest features are straightforward, he takes the opportunity to experiment with his sound on others. He’s racked up over 70 guest features already in his career, so we’ve taken the time to go through and pick out top 50 from the pack. Enjoy!
Ultralight Beam - Kanye West
This was a career-defining moment for Chance. He finally collaborated with his idol Kanye and stole the show. He showed up for arguably his best verse of all time and you can feel his excitement of appearing on the opening track off Kanye’s album. This appeared on The Life Of Pablo that dropped in Feb. 2016. Chance comes in at 2:35.
Show me love - Hundred Waters / Skrillex
When Skrillex decided to remix Hundred Waters “Show Me Love” he couldn’t have found a better fit for a feature than Chance. His energy carries the song as his verse walks the line between rapping and singing adding even more soul to uplifting tune. This track was a Skrillex remix of OWSLA artists Hundred Water where they grabbed new contributions from Chance in March 2016. Chance comes in at 1:43.
Snakehips - All My Friends
“All My Friends” is perhaps the most pop-leaning track Chance has appeared on, and he shows a natural tendency to shine in this vein. His memorable lyrics and catchy vocal melody are a standout on Snakehips’ biggest track to date. This was Snakehips breakout song and has racked up an insane number of streams since Oct. 2015. Chance comes in at 1:20.
James Blake - Life Round Here
James Blake adding Chance to “Life Round Here” was an incredible surprise. Chance slowly eases into his verse, almost sounding confused before the drums kick in, and then really goes in. The swaggy rhyming pattern adds a new curious vibe to the track as the two end up doing a sort of duet that just works perfect. This loose remix came in March 2014 following Blake's Overgrown album. Chance offers vocals throughout and delivers his verse at 1:44
Kehlani - The Way
Chance switches up his sound on “The Way” with a slow, crawling verse that changes his flow around on the soulful tune. Kehlani finds the perfect compliment to her sexy single by grabbing this unique feature that appeared on Kehlani's You Should Be Here album in 2015. Chance comes in at 1:30.
Lil Wayne - You Song
Chance’s fun wordplay is at an all time high here. His unconventional flow and vocal inflections are highlights on the incredible collaboration. This came on Wayne's Dedication 5 Mixtape in 2013. Chance kicks off the song with his verse at 0:35.
Towkio - Heaven Only Knows
Towkio is one of the many artists I’ve discovered from a Chance The Rapper co-sign. When the Lido-produced beat kicks in, Chance goes double time and does it so well. He brings his soulful touch as always and impressed us once again. This was a single off Towkio's .Wav Theory project from April 2015. Chance comes in at 2:02.
Big Sean - Living Single
Along with Jeremih, Chance made a guest appearance on Big Sean’s loose single “Living Single”. Chance fits the soulful instrumental as he kicks off his verse singing and continues to deliver a verse in his raspy voice . An early version of the track with Smino leaked during the summer and later got an official release at the end of 2016. Chance comes in at 1:35.
BJ The Chicago Kid - Church
One of Chance’s most soulful appearances. Here he sings a gospel-inspired verse in his hybrid style of singing and rapping on this pleasant verse only Chance could deliver. This appeared in Aug. 2015 as a single off BJ's debut album In My Mind. Chance comes in at 3:04.
Joey Purp - Girls @
The standout track off Joey Purp’s debut album brings one of Chance's more joyous and funny features about looking for girls. His bouncing singing and rapping is as funny as it is catchy as he skips along the thumping beat. This was released in May 2016 as a single off Joey's iiiDrops project. Chance comes in a 1:20.
Action Bronson - Baby Blue
Chance delivers some hilariously witty lines wishing that all these ridiculous bad things happen to whoever the song is directed to. We hear him in a comical, but still half serious tone on this collab. This was a single off Bronson's Mr. Wonderful album in March 2015. Chance comes in at 2:44.
Vic Mensa - Tweakin'
Chance has more history with Vic than probably any other artist besides maybe Nico Segal (Donnie Trumpet). Chance hopped on "Tweakin’" off Vic’s breakout mixtape Innanetape that dropped in Sep. 2014. You can really hear how much fun they had making this collab. Chance’s nonsensical raps and strange rhyming pattern makes for one of his best features to date. Chance Comes in at 2:24.
Childish Gambino - They Don’t Like Me
Chance went on tour supporting Childish Gambino in 2012 and the two actually worked on a joint project they’ve been teasing ever since. Chance fully showcases his weird, whiney voice before changing his vocal inflections a few times putting his diverse skill set to its full potential. This appeared on Gambino's July 2012 Mixtape Royalty. Chance comes in a 0:26.
Busta Rhymes - Hello
Hip-hop legend Busta Rhymes grabbed Chance for a joint freestyle over the classic beat for Luniz's "I Got 5 On It". Chance delivers a pretty straightforward verse in which he really displays his rapping skills going in for over two minutes holding his own on the track alongside one of hip-hop’s legends. This appeared on Busta's The Return Of The Dragon: The Abstract Went On Vacation mixtape in Dec. 2015. Chance kicks off the song at 0:16.
SZA - Childs Play
It doesn’t get much more downtempo and dreamy than XXYYXX’s beat used for SZA’s “Child’s Play”. SZA’s airy vocals get paired with a slow, calculated verse from Chance, who puts full use to his diverse vocal abilities singing alongside SZA after he finishes rapping. This was a single off SZA's 2014 album Z. Chance comes in at 1:45.
Odd Couple - Bombay State of Mind
Chance joined fellow Chicagoans for a show-stealing verse. One of Chance’s more soulful rapping appears on “Bombay State Of Mind” with his infectious melodies that will be stuck in your head for hours. The track was a single off Odd Couple's Separated at Birth EP from 2012. Chance comes in at 2:50.
Probcause - Three Course Meal
Chance really shows up in a big way on “Three Course Meal”. He sounds like he’s almost yelling his raps as he forcefully makes his presence known by just going in rapping over the more experimental beat. This was a part of Probcause's The Recipe Vol. 2 mixtape in 2013. Chance comes in at 1:40.
Donnie Trumpet - Sunday Candy
The standout track on Donnie Trumpet’s debut album Surf. Chance appears multiple times throughout the song carrying an emotional tone and high energy on the soulful tune. This dropped in Nov 2014 ahead of Donnie's Surf album. Chance starts off the song at 0:15 and has a couple verses.
Sup BWE - Fool Wit It Freestyle
“Fool Wit It Freestyle” sounds like it could be a Chance The Rapper song instead of a guest appearance. He kicks off the song and finishes it with some of his most infectious rapping melodies we’ve heard from him. This song is slept on and is truly an enjoyable tune from start to finish. This single dropped July 2016. Chance comes in at 0:12.
Rhapsody - Lonely Thoughts
Chance appears for a patient verse shortly after releasing Acid Rap, and his sound on this feature finds a similar sound to his breakout mixtape. His scatterbrained lyrics and skittering flows are both funny and intriguing. This appeared on Rhapsody's She Got Game mixtape in 2013. Chance comes in at 3:04.
G Herbo - Fight or Flight
Here Chance reflects on being raised in his beloved hometown. He delivers a solid verse focusing on the lyrics alongside his fellow Chicagoans G Herbo and Common. The original track was just G Herbo but he did a remix in Aug. 2014 with Chance and Common. Chance comes in at 2:20.
Joey Badass - Wendy & Becky
Joey and Chance collaborated years ago when they were both some of the youngest, most promising rappers on the rise. "Wendy and Becky" is a reference to each rapper’s hometown of Chicago and Brooklyn. Chance’s uncanny flows finds a way to get the most out of the somber boom-bap beat and has us hoping these two will link up again down the road. This was a loose Joey Bada$$ single released in Feb 2013. Chance comes in at 2:19.
Nosaj Thing - Cold Stares
This is probably Chance’s most somber verse yet. He almost sounds sad over the minimalist beat with his soft-spoken raps that fits the song’s vibe perfectly. Nosaj Thing released this as a single off his Fated album in March 2014. Chance comes in at 1:02.
John Legend - Penthouse Floor
Chance shows off his versatility and ability to appeal to a wide audience on his collaboration alongside John Legend. He kicks off his verse with a knock-knock joke and skips along the funky instrumental. The track appeared as a single on Legend’s late 2016 album Darkness and Light. Chance comes in at 2:45.
Ego Jaleel - Ridin Round
One of Chance’s more ignorant raps. He goes over the trap beat packing his verse full vocal inflections and his signature "IGH" ad-libs going in with some of his hardest rapping to date. This was released June, 2012. Chance comes in at 2:00.
Brian Fresco - Steamer
Chance opens up the track with a strong verse that's delivered in more of his talking voice that sounds different from what he typically sounds like while rapping. As his verse progresses, he gets more on beat as he expertly switches up his flows until he passes off the mic to his right-hand man, Vic Mensa. This came in May 2013 off Fresco's Mafioso tape. Chance starts off the song with his verse.
Milo & Otis - Lift Up
Chance is featured throughout most of the track on “Lift Up” singing in a mellow, soulful fashion without rapping. This is one of those songs that shows how versatile of an artist Chance really is. For those of you familiar with the bass producer duo Milo & Otis, this is a different group. This Chicago-based duo is actually Owen Hill and Jamila Woods, who broke out last year as a solo soul artist and had a Chance feature on her debut album and was featured on his "Sunday Candy" and "Blessings" tracks. This was a single off Milo & Otis' debut album The Joy in 2012. Chance comes in at 0:40.
Mapei - Don’t Wait
The soulful R&B track had Chance start his verse out in a part that didn’t have drums while he layed down smooth melodies allowing the drums to catch up and ride out his verse. This was released as part of a remix package of the original track in 2014. Chance comes in at 1:23.
Mick Jenkins - Crossroads
Chance delivers some of his slowest rapping yet on “Crossroads”. He joined his fellow Chicagoan Mick Jenkins for his interesting verse that shows a more laid-back style of rapping. This single came in July 2013. Chance comes in at 1:29.
Probcause - LSD
Chance kicks off his verse with some unconventional flow until the beat kicks in full gear, where he gets back on beat and delivers an uplifting verse. This single dropped July 2013. Chance comes in at 2:29.
Chuck Inglish - Glam
Chuck Inglish grabbed Chance for a verse in his signature sound that brings just the edge of soul the song needed to go with the trumpet-highlighted production. This 2014 single came off Chuck's album Convertibles. Chance comes in at 1:37.
Gaines FM - We Are
Chance shines on “We Are” as we hear him further progress his skills of packing a single verse with multiple rhyming patterns and flows atop the chill, trappy production. This was a 2013 single off Gaines' Night Crawler Reloaded project. Chance comes in at 2:12.
Vic Spencer - Out The Water
“Out Of Water” finds slowly delivered, silly rhymes increasing in energy until abruptly switching to a singing section. He utilized the production in multiple different ways while staying in pocket the whole time. This dropped in Jan 2012. Chance comes in at 1:05.
Sir Michael Rocks - Too Late
The soulful beat sets the stage for Chance to hold down the hook while also killing his verse changing his tempo throughout. This was part of Rocks' 2012 mixtape Lap Of Lux 1.5. Chance comes in at 0:16 and his verse appears 0:48.
2OD - Make A Hit
One of Chance’s more unique choices of production. While the beat sounds like it would work best with fast flows, he kicks off the verse with slow spurts finding an unconventional groove. This track was recorded in 2012 but never saw an official release and was leaked by the producer King Kito in 2015. Chance comes in at 3:49.
Brian Fresco - She’s The Type
This fun Chance feature is similar to "Baby Blue" with Action Bronson in that he his flow is done around a list describing a type of girl. He's having fun on this one and once again sounds great. This was part of Fresco's 2013 mixtape Mafioso, which had a couple Chance features. Chance comes in at 1:45.
Taylor Bennett - Grown Up Fairy Tales
Chance recently joined his younger brother Taylor on a this collaboration, but Chance's verse was actually recorded years ago before giving his brother this track for his new project. Chance kicks off the Mike Will-produced, piano based track as Chance delivers his choppy, calming flows.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Need To Know
Chance stole the show on his collaboration with Macklemore. He honestly made the song, focusing on his lyrical delivery reflecting on his quick rise. This was part of Macklemore's sophomore album, This Unruly Mess I've Made in Feb. 2016. Chance comes in about a third of the way in.
Lorine Chia - Living In Vein
The song’s soulful, chilled beat gives Chance a airy platform for him to deliver a lyrical guest appearance full of soul in his signature, hybrid style of singing and rapping. Chance comes in at 1:13/
Jamila Woods - LSD
It's only fitting to grab a Chance feature on a song about Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive. He he impresses once again on his soft-spoken verse bouncing atop the slow-rolling production on the soul song. The two artists have collaborated in the past and showed their chemistry on their last joint effort. Chance comes in at 1:43.
Skrillex - Coast Is Clear
Chance kicks off the song with R&B styled vocals while the beat kicks into double time for Chance have fun atop. This is one of the best displays of Chance’s falsetto vocals. Chance comes in at 0:13 and appears throughout.
Kids These Days - Wasting Time
This song doesn’t even sound like a hip-hop track, which really shows the versatility Chance has as an artist. He really brings the soul on his appearance atop the minimalist production alongside Nico Segal (Donnie Trumpet) and their high school band Kids These days. Chance comes in at 1:18.
Jeremih - Planes Remix
Jeremih and Chance has undeniable chemistry. Here Chance slowly eases into his verse that has Chance all over the place surprising us in the direction he takes for each line he switches things up from the last. The original track featured J Cole and Chance later delivered this version with production by Lido and the Social Experiment taking a more experimental approach to the song and was released April 2015. Chance comes in at 2:42.
Donnie Trumpet - Zion
One of Chance’s more unique appearances. He kicks it off with channeling reggae-styled island inspired singing before handing things off to Vic Mensa atop Donnie Trumpet’s more experimental beat. Chance come in at 0:26.
Vic Mensa - Suitcase
Chance kicks off Vic Mensa’ collaboration with a choppy verse filled with pauses and changes in tempo. Chance and Vic work so well together and have great history with this being one of their best colabs. The track came as a loose single in Dec 2013. Chance comes in at 0:13.
The O’Mys - Bout a Dolla
One of the most soulful hip-hop tracks Chance the rapper has appeared on. This came early in his career, and he confidently held his own alongside well-established Chicago rappers Chuck Inglish and Twista. The track came as a loose single in Aug. 2012. Chance comes in at 7:20.
Vic Spencer - National Geographical
Like many of Chance’s guest appearances, he’s teamed up with another Chicago-based rapper Vic Spencer’s “National Geographical”. While Spencer delivers a harsher verse, Chance balances it out with his uplifting tune changing his flows with some always on-point wordplay. They also dropped a video filmed at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. ”National Geographical” came Sep. 2011 on Spencer’s Vic Greenthumbs mixtape. Chance comes in at 1:50.
O’Mys - Wonder Years
Chance linked up with Chicago soul group O’Mys a couple times, proving to have incredible chemistry with their bluesy sound. The smooth song had chance going over just drums and backing vocals until the instrumental comes in. His gentle rapping fits the tone of the song so well as both Chance and his dad make appearances in the song’s video. This song came on O’My’s 2012 project Chicago Style. Chance comes in at 1:35.
Sulaiman - Fam and Foolies
Chance sings in an airy style I haven’t really heard on other tracks to start his verse. Then he unexpectedly goes in with his technical rapping skills atop the mellow, atmospheric production. The track was released July 2014 as part of The Mogs EP. Chance starts his verse at 1:22.
Caleb James - Savemoney Cypher
This freestyle has Chance going in for some furious raps on the cypher-styled freestyle that has a posse of Savemoney rappers trading verses. The track was released as part of Caleb James Ground Up mixtape in July 2012. chance Comes in at 1:03.
Chance The Rapper - Grown Ass Kid
This track isn't actually a guest feature, it's a Chance song that surfaced after his Coloring Book release. It never saw an official release but is an amazing song. Chance's verse starts around 2:00. Enjoy!
Chance The Rapper does it all. He’s always displayed his deep love for his hometown of Chicago, and now has been honored in a big way by writing the foreward for a book titled “A People’s History Of Chicago: Poems by Kevin Coval”.
Chance has worked closely with the book's author Kevin Coval, who he met when he was 14 and calls his “artistic father”. Coval has been very involved with Chicago’s poetry and hip-hop community for years as he’s been an artistic director for the Young Chicago authors and as the founder of the Louder Than a Bomb poetry festival. Coval has made a positive impact on the community by creating places for artistic expression from young individuals as his new book aims to trace this history of Chicago’s hip-hop and poetry culture through poems. Due to their close relationship and Chance’s passion for Chicago, Hip-Hop and poetry, Chance is the perfect person to write the upcoming book’s foreward passage, which you can read below.
Chance touches on his difficulties leaving home and moving to LA, his connection with Chicago, his relationship with Coval and more. Enjoy!
Chance The Rapper's Foreward
We got the cheat codes.
There’s no other place on earth where you can go to a centralized space and see thirteen-, fourteen-, fifteen-, sixteen-, seventeen-, and eighteen-year-olds who want to conquer art and music. I left Chicago for a little and went to L.A. But have you ever seen a raw-ass tree or a raw-ass plant that’s beautiful, that’s fully bloomed and growing? It can’t fully bloom if you uproot it. If you take it somewhere else, out of its natural environment, it’s not gonna grow the same way. If you take a tree out of the dirt, a Christmas tree, and move it into your crib, it’ll stay that exact same tree for a little while before it starts to wilt, but it won’t grow anymore. You can’t uproot a plant. You have to let it grow. If I were to have grown in LA, I might’ve grown into some shit I’m not supposed to be or just not grown at all, or just peaked. I can reach my peak in Chicago cuz that’s where I was planted and where I can continue to grow.
I had planned on living in LA, but when I was out there going to parties and feeling that vibe, I thought it was ungodly, it wasn’t true to who I was born to be or what I was supposed to grow to be. Being there made me realize this is not where I’m supposed to get my biggest experiences. As sad as I ever was in LA, the lowest I’ve ever been, it’s not where my lowest was supposed to be. The highest I’ve been, the happiest I’ve been in Los Angeles, was not where my life’s happiest moments were supposed to be. Being happy means doing what you are supposed to do, being exactly who you are supposed to be. My god, my inner understanding, whatever it is that guides me, had me recognizing that I’m not supposed to be there.
We have a head start. If you’ve been in that building once, in the Harold Washington Library, one time, you know. Harold Washington. The first Black mayor of Chicago. A very powerful man. A very connected man. A very humble and grounded man. A household name who died in office while at work. His library is in the center of downtown, in the center of the Loop, where all the trains meet. For us to walk into that building is astounding. My dad volunteered for Harold Washington. That’s how he got his record expunged. That’s how he dodged the system. Years later, he has a library named after him and I could walk in from the cold and experience this temple.
From the age of fourteen, I was trying to go against the grain, to grow into a time and period where it’s dope to be anti-establishment, where it’s dope to not just accept all the answers that are given to you but to look for your own answers. I am trying to push that. I’m trying to push that to other people who didn’t get taught that. As kids that grew up in the ’90s and early 2000s, we are able to ask questions like: What’s going on? Who are the people leading us? Who are those people teaching us? What are they telling us? How are they able to tell us that? Who are they and where are they coming from and is it the truth? I’ve been taught to be a critical thinker, and I was able to say this doesn’t feel right. Having the understanding I’ve been blessed with, I’ve been able to discern that that shit is not right, that it doesn’t feel right, that it doesn’t seem right.
I met Kevin Coval at an orientation at Jones College Prep, the first time I ever went into my high school cuz I didn’t check it out beforehand. I just signed up for it and applied. So my first time going up to the school was for the Louder Than A Bomb team orientation and Kevin was doing a writing workshop. Though I didn’t make my slam team or to Louder Than A Bomb, Kevin ended up being very instrumental to me.
Kevin Coval is my artistic father. He mentored my friends Malcolm London and Dimress Dunnigan and Fatimah Warner and got me shows, and those shows got me a little bit of bread and the confidence to continue and take the craft seriously. In a lot of ways he was the other side of Brother Mike for me, and anybody from Chicago knows what that means and how big a statement that is. He was that for me and for a lot of people.
Kevin made art a job to me. He made me feel like it was real. He made me feel like the competition was real. He made me feel that the money was real. He made me feel that the love and the fans were real. And if I didn’t have him in my life I would’ve been complacent. He took me out of that space and made me understand what it is to be a poet, what it is to be an artist, and what it is to serve the people.
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