Chance the Rapper delivered the first of two headlining rap performances at Summerfest’s new American Family Insurance Amphitheater last night, with backing from Teezo Touchdown and 24KGoldn. Presenting his only headlining show of 2021, the new biggest Bucks fan showed no signs of rusting after the music industry’s COVID-19 hiatus.
Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t have missed the Friday night performance of Chance to close the second night of Summerfest 2021:
Besides a few guest appearances and cameos over the past few months, last night was Chance’s first and only performance of 202 as well as his first full performance since the COVID-19 pandemic. So if you wanted to see Chance the Rapper play anytime in the near future, you had better be at Summerfest on Friday night.
But despite being a one-off show, Friday’s main event was full of production and a long setlist worthy of a full multi-date tour. Chance could have just mailed him in for just one show and that wouldn’t have hurt his reputation as a performer, instead he delivered an ensemble worthy of the biggest stage on the floor. And while there were plenty of empty seats in most sections of the new amphitheater (which was relatively comparable to the festival attendance on the grounds on the Friday before Labor Day), Chance and the crowd put it all in. their energy in the evening.
Refusing to save the bigger and better for last, Chance kicked off his headliner on a positive note with his biggest single to date: his “No Problem” assisted by Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz from the “Coloring Book” “from 2016. The track was the perfect song to start her set and quickly erased any frustration in the crowd for the show starting more than half an hour late.
After “No problem,” Chance paused to greet the crowd and express his gratitude to everyone present. “Thank you so much for being at this show right now,” Chance told the audience. “It would be rude if I didn’t introduce myself, I’m Chance the Rapper from Chicago, Illinois, and I came here to do a show for you tonight.
Since Chance has refused to conform to music industry standards his entire career, it’s no surprise that he didn’t decide to keep fans waiting until the last song of an encore to take advantage of his biggest record.
Since Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo were nowhere to be found for the Milwaukee Bucks Championship race, the team and city had to accept some regional and national imports to cheer on the home team – including great musicians and performers from the Summerfest 2021 as Sheryl Crow and Chance the Rapper. Chance will always represent his hometown of the Chicago Bulls, but he has certainly imbibed the energy of the city during the playoffs as he has been seen on the court with his friends and family in several home games. including Game 6 of the Bucks vs. the Phoenix Suns. .
Chance still owes the Bucks a new song, but he took the time Friday night to congratulate the city on their well-deserved championship as “Bucks in 6” chants filled the amphitheater. “City of Milwaukee, you should be so proud of yourself. It’s official now, ”he told the crowd.
Rapper “Sunday Candy” also gave his Milwaukee fans a treat with a Bucks-inspired custom Chance the Rapper product specifically designed for performance, including a green and cream t-shirt he wore throughout. all.
Since Summerfest isn’t a stone’s throw from Hollywood like Coachella, surprise appearances aren’t very common in Milwaukee (except when an artist joins a headliner on stage for a performance). Luckily for Chance fans last night, the rapper treated the crowd with an appearance by Chicago’s G Herbo who performed four songs – including a performance by “PTSD” in honor of the late Juice WRLD, who died in 2019.
Chance and G Herbo’s fan bases have a lot of crossover so the guest set was more than well received by the crowd as fans enjoyed some free music in the middle of the lead set. of Chance poster.
While Chance was the biggest name in the night’s lineup, its opener had perhaps the biggest performer in 2020 and 2021 of all the second night performers. San Francisco’s 24kGoldn got the mood right after a jaw-dropping opening set from rapper Teezo Touchdown.
With a little help from TikTok, last year 24KGoldn quickly became one of the rapper’s biggest emerging names after his single “Mood” topped the Billboard charts. 24KGoldn is hitting the road for a headlining tour this fall, and if Friday was just a taste of what his tour has to offer, it’s definitely worth checking out as it’s only going to get bigger. until 2022 and was a perfect act to get the crowd warmed up for Chance’s big performance that was to follow.