Watch Chance The Rapper Debut New Song He Wrote Just 3 Days Ago & Talk CPS Donation On 'Colbert'
By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 26, 2017 2:40PM
Chance the Rapper performs at Lollapalooza, 2017 / Photo: Annie Lesser
Chance the Rapper joined his Emmy-opening-number collaborator Stephen Colbert on Monday night's Late Show, where he premiered a new song—which he apparently just wrote on Saturday—and spoke about education funding, his charity work, his aversion to politics and his still-strong sense of faith.
Chance spoke about the sense of urgency for public-school funding that was ramped by the budget impasse. "The overall point is that nationally, not just in Chicago, we have to look at the way we fund schools and make sure there's equity and equality in our kids' education."
He also chatted with Colbert about his belief that "singing is praying twice" and gave a quick, new-arrangement rendition or his favorite hymn, "This is the Day," on the spot.
Chance revealed that, for reasons not named, he couldn't perform the song he had originally planned. So rather than lean elsewhere on the catalog, he decided to pen a completely new tune, which he did on Saturday. (He's been writing a lot lately, "cooking up some yammers—they’re honestly great," Chance told Colbert.)
He told the host:
“I feel like we can just say this on TV... So I was supposed to come and perform. And I was going to do "Grown Ass Kid," which is an unreleased song from Coloring Book. Then I called you guys on Saturday and said I can't do "Grown Ass Kid" anymore for reasons I don't want to talk about. So basically we had to come up with a song in a couple of days ... I wrote this two days ago."
Check out the performance here. Especially with backing band, including Daniel Caesar, lending support, it hardly sounds like an off-the-cuff throwaway.