Wednesday night, June 14th, we took a trip to Tampa, FL to go witness Chance The Rapper for what is apparently the last leg of his ‘Be Encouraged Tour’.
The show was held downtown inside the Amalie Arena, filled with more than 14,000 young Chance fans.
8:30pm we got a surprise act, Taylor Bennett aka Chance’s younger brother! Taylor Bennett played his single (name of) and gave us a sick freestyle
The tour DeeJay, DJ Oreo, held it down while we eagerly waited for Chance who arrived on stage in a minibike then quickly took us to church!
The Chicago rapper started off with songs from his Grammy Award winning album, ‘Coloring Book’. The gospel undertones of the album had the entire arena filled with lifted hands singing praises. The scene really looked like a megachurch with a small choir, Donnie Trumpet and other member’s of Chance’s band The Social Experiment; matter of fact we’ll just say that’s what it was, a megachurch.
Many times Chance told his audience “God is using me to spread my message”. Chance The Rapper also asked fans if they wanted to go to heaven and explained how this tour has built him in ways he can’t describe. The positive influences at the show were really amusing.
We got some tidbit moments of ‘turn up’ from his verse on DJ Khaled’s hit radio single “I’m The One” featuring Lil Wayne, Quavo from Migos, and Justin Bieber. Chance then performed his unreleased collab. with Future. The concert itself, in terms of production, had plenty of pyrotechnics but overall was a simple set.
Chance then performed his unreleased collab. with Future.
Towards the end Chance walked over a lowered catwalk that oversaw the floor attendees. He thanked everyone for their years of support and then ran back to the main stage to finish off the night with his song ‘Blessings(Reprise)’.
Despite there being more dates slated for the ‘Be Encouraged Tour’, Chance mentioned many times during his performance that this was the last show. A bit confusing but if that’s the case then Tampa, FL, including ourselves, got pretty lucky. It really was an uplifting concert and we can’t possibly imagine anyone having left it without feeling encouraged.
Well done Chance, well done.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) June 15, 2017
Photos credit: Monhand