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Four-time Bonnaroo performer-turned-headliner Chance the Rapper turned in one of the biggest performances of the Bonnaroo weekend Saturday night on the What Stage.
The Chicago native gave an extravagant performance, with an unabashed gospel message.
After playing (and later closing) with “Blessings” off his album “Coloring Book,” Chance reflected on his Bonnaroo history. Recalling the first time he played, he said most attendees left before he took the stage because they were there to see Kanye West.
“Are there honestly this many Chance the Rapper fans at Bonnaroo?” he asked the crowd. “I want to see (expletive)’s jumping up and down like it’s Bonnaroo.”
Early in the set, Chance gave the crowd a taste of his summer hit “I’m the One,” playing the video that includes Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and Lil Wayne.
But it was when Chance incorporated older music from his albums “Surf” and “Acid Rap” that the crowd really reacted.
During “Sunday Candy” and “Coco Butter Kisses” the crowd clapped, rapped and sang with an undeniable excitement that did not diminish even as he played his ballads “Same Drugs,” and “Juke Jam.”