By Danie B
I’ve always held rappers to a lower standard when it came to live shows, and here’s why.
At hip hop shows, there are typically no elaborate dance routines, costumes, or set changes. I’m usually not amazed by how long the artist holds the perfect note for what seems like forever after dancing a full eight-count, and I’m never blown away by how they pop out of the floor on the opposite side of the stage in seconds.
For the most part, at hip hop shows, you have a couple of explosives, a drum guy, a hype man and a DJ. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I never felt the need to pay hundreds of dollars for that; if I’m going to a concert, I want to be entertained! I need the WOW.
Well, last night at Tampa’s Amalie Arena, I got my WOW as Chance The Rapper performed the last show of his Be Encouraged Tour.
In addition to the show being fun and uplifting, it was also extremely well put together.
Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment provided live instrumentation, Chance had back up singers, a HUGE screen behind him providing backdrop scenery that matched his different songs, and the Co2, confetti and pyrotechnics were all perfect touches to enhancing the overall experience.
In addition to the technical aspects, you could really tell that Chance is trying to spread a message of positivity to the world. His music already pulls heavily from the gospel genre, but his performance of these songs married to his concert banter made me feel like it was a hipper version of Sunday morning service, and Chance was the pastor.
With each song, you can tell that Chance peels back all the layers of his very soul and leaves it on the stage every night with hopes of touching a life and possibly leading some to salvation.
Sounds really, deep, but I promise this wasn’t a “churchy” show. At the end of the day Chance wants you to leave his show feeling fearless. He wants you to believe in yourself, and as the tour name suggests, he wants you to be encouraged to be a better person for you, your family and the world as a whole.
All in all, this was one of the BEST concerts I have EVER gone too, (topped only by Beyonce and Outkast), and I too did walk away feeling like I was a better person for having witnessed it for myself.