Chance the Rapper named SCPAB’s fall concert artist

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Chance the Rapper will perform at the Bob Carpenter Center on Oct. 4.


“…And we back,” Chance the Rapper sings, welcoming listeners to the debut song off of his new album “Coloring Book,” and providing a fitting introduction to students returning to campus for the new semester.

On Wednesday the Student Centers Programming Advisory Board (SCPAB) announced Chance the Rapper as the performer for the annual fall concert.

The independant Chicago rapper is surfing a wave of commercial and critical success with “Coloring Book.” The Bob Carpenter Center is just one stop on his “Magnificent Coloring World Tour,” with most venues around the country already listed as “sold out.”

SCPAB is predicting the same fate for Delaware, hosting a lottery outside of both the Perkins and Trabant patios from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 6th. In order to have access to tickets, students will have to log onto at 10 a.m. on Friday to purchase tickets. Reserved seats will cost $30 for UD students for the first week, and floor seats, which are general admission and do not have chairs, will cost $35. After Sept. 16, any remaining floor tickets will cost $45 and the reserved seats will rise to $40.

It isn’t hard to see why Chance is such a hot ticket. His debut album “Acid Rap” introduced the world to a looney tune spitter begging the listener to “please say the rapper” when speaking his name, as if he had to convince you. On “Coloring Book,” released three years later, Chance is assured, filtering his palate through the glow of stained glass windows. Chance and his gospel raps evoke warm hymns and filled pews. “Sunday Candy” contains all the guilt of not calling your grandmother and telling her you love her, with the reassurance that she’ll still bring your favorite dessert to Christmas dinner. It’s like inviting your ears into a warm jacuzzi of holy water.

On activities night, an hour after Chance was announced, posters bearing the rappers announcement were passed out by the SCPAB booth. “I’m so excited, I love him so much, he’s my favorite…ever,” Freshman Emma Beins said. “All my friends are so jealous that they didn’t come (to Delaware).”

Members of SCPAB share in the excitement. “He was the first one we were thinking of,” Kimmy Walsh, VP of Design, said. “We hope the students are just as excited as we are!”

Chance the Rapper will perform at the Bob Carpenter Center on Oct. 4. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m.

Unfamiliar to Chance? We recommend “Sunday Candy,” “Favorite Song,” “Summer Friends” and “Everybody’s Something.”

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