“Angels” by Chance the Rapper ft. Saba debuted on October 26. His single is now available for fans on iTunes and many music applications.
On October 26, Chance the Rapper premiered his single “Angels” ft. Saba on the The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert. “Angels” stands out from Chance’s other songs because the lyrics portray a new version of Chance.
In “Angels“, Chance raps of his Chicago roots and the respect he has for his hometown. While Chance usually chooses to sing about the drug and alcohol scene, his new song works to alter his listeners’ outlook of him.
Additionally, he sings about how times have changed and the person he has become. In a few lines of the song, Chance says, “I just had a growth spurt… It done took so long, my tippy toes hurt… You can keep the nose ring, I don’t have to soul search… I’m still at my old church, only ever sold merch… Grandma say I’m Kosher, momma say I’m culture,” meaning that he finally matured from when he first started rapping until now. He shows that he cares for his family and newborn daughter while staying true to himself. This is an important aspect to his fans because it demonstrates to them that he is true to his actions and someone who cares about the people in his life. It allows for the listeners to relate to his music on a more personal level.
“When [the song] started going, I liked it and I liked the beat. I liked the words mostly. It’s not different than his usual stuff but his stuff always has a true meaning behind it,” said Renee Mulligan, senior.
The topics of Chance’s songs have changed since his last two mixtapes, 10 Day and Acid Rap, but like Mulligan said, he consistently speaks for what he strongly supports. Chance raps “Clean up the streets, so my daughter can have somewhere to play… I’m the blueprint to a real man.”
This verse exemplifies his effort to help out his city to better the community for the people and for his family. Chance actually has created the #SaveChicago movement, along with “Angels“, which is a way to spread the awareness in preventing violence and murder in his hometown. While Chance not only raps about how he feels, he also acts on them.
Eric Fitz, senior, generally does not enjoy songs by Chance but overall gave his new song a seven out of ten. “I usually am not a fan of his sounds and unorthodox beats but “Angels“ sticks to a certain rhythm that I enjoyed,” said Fitz, via text message. This song incorporates many of his usual sounds like his iconic “scream,” but also displays some new instrument.
After demonstrating his true self and loyalty to Chicago, Chance the Rapper’s new song has the potential to lead to a third mixtape. While he could be working to create a new mixtape, he is currently traveling for his Family Matters tour, which is coming to The Ritz, Raleigh on November 9.