Chance the Rapper, who has grown into one of the biggest names in hip hop and music, continues to prove his artistic versatility. At last night's ESPY Awards, Chance gave a riveting tribute to recently-deceased Muhammad Ali. The Chicago rapper, backed by a band and choir, showed off his voice in the original song.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMTZB24dv2A]Chance's performance included voice overs, videos, and pictures of Ali, placed in between Chance's passionate mixture of gospel and poignant lyrics about the legend. The live trumpeting and drum work only accented the performance.
The gospel influence marks the recent musical chapter of Chance the Rapper. "Coloring Book" featured Chance tinkering with that style, a different approach to his music than previous mixtapes "Acid Rap" and "10 Day," which included a more traditional rap feel.