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Chance the Rapper Brings ‘Chain Smoker,’ Full Band to ‘Arsenio’

Chicago MC also calls for an end to the gun violence in his hometown

picture-18276-1372868632Chris Martins // December 20, 2013

Chance the Rapper visited The Arsenio Hall Show on Thursday night. While there was one particular moment dear to our hearts — the estimable host introduced him as “SPIN Magazine’s Rapper of the Year,” which he is — the true highlight was the Chicago MC/songbird’s band-backed performance of “Chain Smoker” from Acid Rap, which ranked mighty high on our Best Hip-Hop Albums and Best Albums (period) lists. Seen above, Chancelor Bennett gives it his all on the soulful song, even throwing in some MJ-inspired moves. Meanwhile, below you can see him sit down with Hall below for a brief interview in which he calls for peace in his hometown and advocates for the formation of a rappers’ union.