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.