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Chance the Rapper Premieres New Song on ‘The Late Show’ (Watch)

If there’s one thing the past few years have proven, it’s that Chance the Rapper can pretty much do what he wants when he wants, and if that means premiering a brand-new song on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” so be it.

The unexpectedly restrained song, featuring singer Daniel Caesar and which apparently doesn’t yet have a title, is a deep meditation on fatherhood, the trappings of fame and, of course, the challenges of living in the United States in 2017. It’s kind of a long way from the song he’d originally intended to perform, the “Coloring Book” outtake “Grown Ass Kid.”

“I can’t do ‘Grown Ass Kid’ anymore for reasons I don’t want to talk about,” Chance told Colbert, rather cryptically, before the performance. “We had to come up with a song in a matter of days, and I wanted to do something fresh. I’ve been in the studio a lot lately; I’ve been cooking up some yammers. I premiered ‘Angels,’ the first new song off ‘Coloring Book,’ here, so I was like, why not do another new song for you guys here tonight?”

“Y’all just keep clapping like Flint got clean water/ And y’all don’t got teen daughters and black friends and gay cousins,” he raps during the song. “Keep on tellin’ us we makin’ it up/ The American dream, may you never wake up.”

Chance also discussed his recent fundraising efforts for the Chicago public school system and why he won’t be running for mayor.


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