With nothing but 41 cents and a love of Chance The Rapper, my friend and I took a 15 dollar bus ride to see him perform in Silver Spring, Maryland. I've been a big fan of Chance and have wanted to see him for a long time, and since the Richmond show sold out, I decided to say fuck it and buy tickets to see him in DC. At this point, there's no limit to where I'll travel to see someone.
Thankfully, my friend had friends that we could stay with after the show, so after linking up with them, we made our way to The Fillmore in Silver Spring. I was really excited to see him because my friend had told me that she saw him at Made in America last summer and he was good and had a live band. One of my favorite things about rap concerts is when rappers perform with a live band because I personally believe that is rap in it's purest form.
Showing up a bit after the doors opened, Metro Boomin' opened up the show and had the crowd going. It was funny because every time he played his opening ("Metro Boomin' want some more...") you didn't know what song was going to start because he's produced so many songs, most recently he produced the entire "What A Time To Be Alive" album by Future and Drake. He was a good option for the tour because he played the right music to warm up the crowd.
When Chance came out, he did not disappoint. Even though he doesn't have a studio album yet, I was dancing to songs off "Acid Rap" like it was released last week instead of 2 years ago. He had energy and was really engaging with the crowd. On top of that, he had a trumpet player in his band too. This gave the show a ton of flavor, and I was highly impressed. I left DC the next day full of Tony's Breakfast, wearing the same outfit I had come to the city in, and on a rush from the show the night before. I'm still suffering from post concert depression.
I really had a good time at the show, and my love and respect for Chance the Rapper has definitely gone up since. I support and admire what he's doing for his city of Chicago, and how he's active in his neighborhood by bringing light to issues that's going on in his community through his music and activism. I also love how he's so young and conscious. He's definitely going to be around for a while and I can't wait to hear more music from him and continue going to shows. Below you'll find a short video I compiled of the concert footage from my phone. It may not be the best video in the world, however, I feel that it's an accurate portrayal of the show's energy. Watch and enjoy.