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Chance the Rapper

When: Tue., March 29, 8 p.m. 2016



When Chance the Rapper proclaimed himself to be "Tubman of the underground" on Kanye West's "Ultralight Beam," the words may have rung at first like hollow hip-hop egotism. But the line aptly reflected a twenty-two-year-old potentially shaping the future of music, and certainly hip-hop, by consciously giving all of his music away. In a 2013 Rolling Stone interview that followed his widely acclaimed mixtape Acid Rap, he said: "I might never drop a for-sale project." More than two years later, even as his popularity has ballooned with festival headlining dates and stops on television's late-night circuit, he still has yet to sell a piece of music. He remains unsigned. Not long ago, his buddy West tweeted, "I was thinking about not making CDs ever again," subsequently stating that the release of Yeezus in 2013 was an "open casket to CDs." Sorry 'Ye, but another Chicago emcee already put the nail in that coffin. It's not just his lack of a physical discography that stands out from the crowd. It's also his cross-country tour with a live band, composed of friends from his hometown of Chicago, his deeply personal and positive songs, and his commitment to doing it all without the economic engine that supposedly makes all things possible. Chance is seemingly shattering music industry norms at every turn. —Ryan Cocca

THE RITZ, RALEIGH 8 p.m., $39.50,

Price: $39.50

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